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Trial and Error

Want to Win a Million Bucks?

March 5, 2007 3:45 PM

CNBC launched an online contest today that gives amateur stock whizzes the chance to win $1 million.

Not bad, eh?

Let me just preface this by saying I am not an agile stock trader. I don’t buy and sell them. I don’t have an online trading account. I leave that stuff to the experts.

But I decide to kick the tires nevertheless. I setup a portfolio of three stocks just to see how the game works. I choose three companies in different sectors of the TV business—Google, Comcast and Disney. The registration process for the game is simple at http://contests.cnbc.com/milliondollar/main.do. You only need to input a few bits of information, like email address and name. And once you finish, it’s a cinch to buy and trade stocks for your portfolio.

Just for good measure, I check out the home page. Indeed, CNBC has posted a prominent link for the game right in the middle of the page. Which means—major points for CNBC.

So check out the game and come play too. And see if you can beat the TV portfolio that I’ll be trafficking in.

Remember that CNBC awards the weekly winner with the highest percentage gain $10,000. At the end of ten weeks, the weekly winners and ten highest ranked players qualify for the finals and the chance to win $1 million.

In real money.


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