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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Friday Trading

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. PETER taps the Yahoo!Finance icon on his mobile screen

  5. PETER (V.O.): Friday trading of stocks will begin soon. I feel so excited.

  6. Pausing.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Trading was suspended last Wednesday and Thursday due to Typhoon Kompassu and Chung Yeung Festival.

  8. Peter reads finance news.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My knowledge and experience in trading stocks in the market place are limited.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): To refine my Friday trading strategy, I need to research on the stocks' price performance and the listed companies' business performance.

  12. Reading.

  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Internet has made stocks' information and online trading so accessible and user-friendly, especially to me as a late comer.

  14. Act 2


  16. INT. RECEPTION - MORNING (Days ago)

  17. Retreating into a quiet corner, Peter is reading his stock watch list as a FRIEND#1 chats with him.

  18. FRIEND#1: What are you doing here?

  19. PETER: Trying to determine what stocks to buy.

  20. FRIEND: Young ones can do their online trading via a few taps on their mobiles.

  21. PETER (V.O.): For the past month, I've been doing like that too!



  24. Peter chats with FRIENDS#2 & #3 over tea.

  25. PETER: Did you say you put your share certificates inside safe-deposit boxes?

  26. FRIEND#2: We like to do that in the traditional way.

  27. PETER: And how do you do the orders?

  28. FRIENDS#3: We ring our broker.

  29. PETER (V.O.): They've been investing in stocks for a long time.

  30. FRIEND#2: What have you been investing?

  31. Peter shares his online Investment List. Friends#2 & #3 can see the total amount Peter has invested.

  32. FRIEND#3: How long did it take for you to build your portfolio?

  33. PETER: A month.

  34. FRIEND#2: That's very aggressive. It has taken us a long time to invest that much. We don't like loosing our money.

  35. PETER: I want to become a shareholder of the businesses that I like. And I want to see if my predictive power can be as good as fund managers.

  36. FRIEND#3: Fund managers trade with others' money. You're using yours.

  37. PETER: I accept that trading has profits or losses.

  38. FRIEND#2: We've seen many retirees doing miserably in stocks speculation.

  39. FRIEND#3: It's just like gambling.

  40. PETER: I use my idle money to invest. I haven't sold any of my stocks yet.

  41. FRIEND#3: A caveat. Trading stocks can be addictive.

  42. PETER: True, I do crave to invest daily.

  43. FRIEND#2: See how well would be your portfolio performance the next time we meet.

  44. EXT. MTR - LATER

  45. Cabin. Peter checks stock prices with his mobile.

  46. PETER (V.O.): It's Friday afternoon already. I haven't bought any stocks yet. I need to adjust the price of my orders. It's hard to buy stocks at their rock-bottom prices.

  47. Having tapped on the mobile screen, we soon hear Ding-Ding sounds. Peter checks the notifications.

  48. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've a hunch that if I waited just because of the minor price difference, I'll regret missing the buy-low opportunities.

  49. Pausing.

  50. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Succeeding in buying low-price stocks induces pleasure. I've become emotionally attached to it.

  51. Act 3


  53. Mobile in hand, Peter checks his Investment List.

  54. PETER (V.O.): Stock trading time is now a good time for me.

  55. Pausing.

  56. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My life style for the past month has changed a lot. I want to prove I can also be a good investor.

  57. Pausing.

  58. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): But I'll stay diversified and focused on my primarily long-term investment goal.

  59. We hear the TV reporting stock price and finance news of the day.

  60. FADE OUT

  61. THE END

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