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SCX - the Small Commonwealth Exchange

Welcome to the Small Commonwealth Exchange. This is a stock exchange simulator which allows you to buy and sell stocks, become the CEO of companies, manage them, and buy stock off other people to take their companies over. It's connected with the Single Currency Unified Economy, which you'll need to be a part of to get credits to start with. Apart from that, you don't need to know anything about the SCUE - just about the SCX.

If you'd like to know more about how the stock exchange works overall, go to the FAQ page. Otherwise, keep on reading here to find out how each part works, and get a walkthrough of what to do to make your millions!

Starting Up

If you've never been here before, the layout might seem confusing. All these numbers, exchanges and options! This help page will guide you through all of that. To start, familiarise yourself with the page layout. At the top of each page you have whatever that page is on - so if you're on the Buy Stock page, for example, there will be a form to let you buy stocks. Below that is a list of the exchanges, to allow you to navigate between them. Different exchanges have different companies and different features. You'll learn more about them soon. Below that is your user menu. It has a list of options of things you can do. To begin, you're going to want some credits, so you can buy some stocks for yourself. Click on Obtain Credits.

Obtaining Credits

The SCX uses it's own currency - credits - to buy and sell stock. This means you can make a fortune in credits without it inflating the SCUE. To get your starting credits you can trade in some of your nation's SCUE currency to get credits. The exchange rate changes sometimes, but is currently 1 unit of SCUE Currency = 100 Credits.So enter the amount of SCUE Currency you would like to trade in, and you'll be automatically credited with 100x Credits. Don't forget to confirm the exchange! If you ever want more credits, you can always come back here and trade in more SCUE Currency.

Transfer Credits

There are times you might want to transfer some of your credits to another user - perhaps you've agreed to pay them credits for doing something for you, or you want to help someone get started. In this case, select their account (you can use the filter box to narrow your selection down), then type in how many credits you wish to transfer to them. Add a reason for the transfer (so when you look at your records later, thinking "Why the PRH did I give this guy all my money!" you'll remember), and don't forget to confirm the transfer. There's a check box to allow you to go on transferring to other people after this one is processed. If you don't want to do any more transfers, uncheck it.

Getting to the Stock Market

Right, you have some credits, now you want to spend them on some stock. To do this, you're going to need to enter one of the exchanges. Below this section and above the User Menu you will see the exchanges currently available. There is a description; a short note of their special features; and then a button to enter that exchange. Enter an exchange, and then you'll see a new menu appear near the top of the page - the Exchange Menu.

Buying Stock

Now you're in a particular exchange, you can start buying and selling. Go to Buy Stock and you'll see all the stocks available for purchase. For each company in that exchange, you can see the company logo, the stock code of the company, the privilege associated with that stock, how many stocks are available for purchase, at what price, and the 10% value. When you're buying stocks like this, you're buying and selling stocks with all the simulated traders on the exchange. They're happy to sell stocks to you at the current price, but no one trader owns enough to sell you a huge amount of stock at once. You can only buy up to 10% of the total amount on the exchange at any given time. That second last column tells you how much that is. Finally, there's a circle you can select to buy that stock.

Once you have chosen which stock you want, type in the amount you want to buy (remember that you can't get more than that second last column in one transaction). Like transferring credits, you can choose to make more purchases after this one, or untick the box to make this the last one. Then click the button 'Buy those stock' and, if you have enough credits, you'll now be the proud owner of some stocks!

Selling Stock

Once you have bought some stock, you can always choose to sell it back to other simulated traders. You won't get as good an offer as when you buy stock, but you can still sell it at any time of the day or night, and someone will buy it from you. Once again, you can't sell more than 10% of the total amount of stocks on the exchange in the one transaction. When you've chosen the amount to sell and you're ready to make the sale, click the button, and you'll be credited for the sale.

View the Market

Sometimes you don't just want to see what you can buy from simulated traders - you want to see the whole market. Here, you can see everything about the stocks, as well as the overall value of the exchange. The overall value of the exchange is measured in points, and displayed at the top of the Market page. Below it, you can see the details about the companies. You can see the privilege associated with the stock, the total amount floated by the company (useful to know if you want to take the company over); how many are remaining with simulated traders; what price you can buy stock for; what price you can sell stock for; the % change in the last price change; and what % of the floated stocks are remaining with simulated traders.

Market History

If you want to get an idea of whether an exchange is going up or down over time, view the Market History. Here, the index of the overall exchange is displayed, along with the dates these were recorded at.

Company Details and History

Finally, if you want to learn more about a particular company, you can view these details. Find out what the company's full name is, a description of what they do, how many are sold and the history of it's price changes and stock turnover. Then look at their latest profit statement, and the date and amount of their upcoming dividend release, if they posted positive profits.
You can also see the privilege associated with that company's stocks, as well as a a list of shareholders, and who the major shareholder is.
The full list of types and explanations are:
Ctrl [Control] This company will give you some influence/control over what the company does based on how much stock you own. This does not entail ownership of the company.
Disc [Discount] This company will give you discounts on their products based on how much stock you own.
Inv [Investment] This company only trades as an investment option, and grants no other privileges.
Own [Ownership] Each stock you own in this company entitles part ownership of the company itself.
PftS [Profit Share] The company will give you a share of their profits based on how much stock you own.
RP [Role Play rights] This company will give you RP control/ownership of the company based on how much stock you own. RP companies normally exist only IC, and have no OOC role.
UseR [Use Rights] This company will give you special access to their services/facilities based on how much stock you own.
Oth [Other] This company provides some other type of privilege based on stock ownership - see its link to find out more.
If someone controls the most stock of any other traders, but has 50% or less of the company, they're the Major Shareholder. If they control >50% but less than 100%, they become the Majority Shareholder, unless the company privilege is Control, Ownership or RP type, in which case they become the CEO of that company. And if someone owns 100% of the company, they are the Total Shareholder, unless the company privilege is Ownership or RP. Then, the company can be taken over by another company, and those details will be displayed here.
All you need to do is select a particular company to view.

Dividends

What are these dividends? As a shareholder in the company, you are a part-owner and therefore entitled to part of the profits. When a company posts positive profits, they take a certain percentage of these (known as the dividend rate) and distribute them among the shareholders. Depending upon how many shares you own and how many shares are floated in total, you could earn quite a lot of money from these dividends. If you're the CEO, you can go one step further and choose the dividend rate. Feel like a lot of money? Make the dividend rate 1, so it's all paid out. Want to invest for the future? Make the dividend rate 0, so none is paid out. Or anything inbetween. The money which isn't paid out as dividends is kept as retained earnings, and this will affect the growth of the company in the future. It's up to the CEO to decide what proportion of profits to take now, and what to reinvest for higher profits in the future.
You will also see a notification on all new dividend payouts and profit statements for companies you control stock in.

Notifications

Notifications are an easy and automated way to keep track of important developments. Currently, you receive notifications if a company you have stock in releases a profit statement or pays out dividends. There may be other ways you can find to get notifications too. Once you have new notifications, you'll get a message on the welcome page alerting you. You can check your notifications any time through the Notifications page. Here, all your notifications will display, and any unread notifications will show up bold. After you've read it, you can click 'Mark as Read' to stop the SCX alerting you that you have new notifications. You can also delete any notifications you no longer need, which helps you keep track of what is new.

Your Portfolio

You've bought some stocks, learnt more about those companies and viewed the whole market. Now you might like to remember exactly what you own. If so, go to your Porfolio. The way to access this is back in your user menu, near the bottom of the page. Once you're in, you can see that your Portfolio lists all the stock you own, how much, a price, and a status. What's that?
The status of a stock explains how it's treated by other people. When you first buy stock, they have the status 'Held'. This means that you're keeping them for yourself. You can sell them back to the simulated traders, or leave them in your portfolio. It's your choice.
You can also have stocks with the status 'Offerred'. If you offer your stocks, you set a price, which can be whatever you want. Other people can choose to buy those stock from you, and if they choose to buy, they'll pay you the price you've offerred them for, and you don't need to do anything.

If you want to change the status of all of the stock in a company, click 'Edit'. You will see that stock and be able to choose it's status and set it's price. You might want to have some of the stock for one company held; and other stock offerred - perhaps even several lots offerred at different prices. In this case, click 'Split'. Here, you can not only choose the status and price of the new lot, but also how many of your total amount you split off. You'll see the amount you hold adjusts in the box as you change how many you want to split off. It doesn't actually change them until you click 'Split Stock', but it helps you know how many are left.

There are two more status types you might see in your portfolio. One is 'Requested'. That means that you have marked these stock Held, but somebody else would like to buy them off you. More on this below. The other is 'Requested ' followed by the name of a user. This indicates that you have requested these stock off another user, but they have not decided yet whether they want to give them to you or not. How do you make these requests, or buy stock other people have offerred? We'll do that now.

Buy Stock From Other Users

You already know how to buy stock off the simulated traders; but there are also many real traders on this exchange. They can choose to offer their stock for sale at a particular price (see above). If you want to see what other people have offerred, click Buy Stock From Another User. You'll now see a list of available stock. You'll see some companies repeated - either because different people are offerring it; or the same person is offerring it at different prices. If you like the price someone is offering, click 'Buy' next to that listing. You can see again how many stocks they are offerring and at what price. Enter how many you want to buy, and click Buy. Congratulations! You're now the proud owner of more stock.

Request Stock From Other Users

Sometimes someone is holding exactly the stock you want to buy (perhaps because you want to become the CEO or takeover that company), but they aren't offerring to sell it. Hope is not lost! You can request it from them. You'll see a list of all stock that is currently 'Held' by other real traders. If you find one you'd like to request, click 'Request' to be brought to a form to do that. You can choose how many stocks to request; as well as what price you will offer that person. Once you submit this, they will be informed when they next log on of your request.

Dealing With Requests

If someone has requested stock from you, you will be notified at the top of the screen when you first enter the SCX. You'll also notice a change in your user menu. Below 'Transfer Credits' you will see a link that says something like 'View n Outstanding Requests' (where n is the number of requests outstanding). If you click on this, you'll see displayed the details of that stock: how much you own, who requested it, how much they requested, and what price they offerred.
You now have a choice. You can accept their request; in which case, you will immediately be paid for those stocks and they will receive the stocks. Or, you can reject their request. They will not be notified of this, and you will no longer see that you have that request outstanding - it will have been dealt with.

Your Wealth

By now, you will have amassed a considerable fortune. You know how to see your portfolio, and your credits are displayed on every page. But how much are you worth, exactly? This is easy to find out. Go to 'View Wealth' and you can see your wealth displayed, in all it's glory. At the top is your total wealth; then below that, how much of that is credits. The rest is stocks - and these are displayed in a table with the amount you own, the price you could sell them for, and the value, then, of each set of stock.
WARNING: This wealth is calculated as if you could sell all your stock at the current market price. If you own over 10% of the total amount of any company, you won't be able to sell it all at once, and as a result, you might not get as much as your wealth suggests.

Top Ten Traders

You know how much you have, but how does this compare to everyone else? Go to the 'Top Ten Traders' page to find out! This page displays the top ten traders ranked on their total wealth. Making your way to the top of this list is a big achievement indeed!

Cashing in

Now you've made your fortune and seen how great you've done, perhaps it's time to cash in? If you've made a tidy sum, you might want to convert some of that back to SCUE Currency. If you go to Obtain Currency you can do just that - trade out your credits for SCUE Currency. Unlike the faily stable exchange rate for trading in for credits; the exchange rate to trade out floats depending on wealth in the market. For full information on how it is calculated, see here. Just select how many credits you want to trade out and watch the SCUE Currency roll in!

Viewing Logs

Sometimes you might want to know how you got there. There are two logs you can view - the log of your credits; and the log of your stocks. When you view either of these, you will see all of your transactions by default. If you want, you can change your view at the bottom of these pages to just see incoming or outgoing/buying or selling transactions.

Changing your Exchange View

Finally, you can set how you view the descriptions of the exchanges. You can view the exchange descriptions in a popup when you hover over the buttons; you can have the full description displayed above them at all times, or you can hide the descriptions permanently.

Congratulations

You now know your way around the stock exchange. If you've got more questions about the specifics or how the stock exchange works, go to the FAQ page. Otherwise, have fun, and see if you can make your millions!


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The Exchanges

Almost certainly the first stock exchange in the sector, the Apolyton Stock Exchange was the mightiest centre of financial trading during the golden years of the Apollo Era. The original building mouldered for millenia under the Apollo Foundation; but was restored when Kildare reclaimed the province of Audentior. Once again a thriving business centre, the ASTEX now handles all the famous Shirithian companies.
Once managing transactions in the ancient Flying Islands of Jasonia, the Flying Islands Exchange was resurrected by the Department of Greed after the purchase of JASO. Though the original building was long gone, a new one was established on a special flying building above Nova Kajar. On it trade some of the finest and most imaginative (if least profitable) companies on Micras.
The official stock exchange of the Kingdom of Hamland
The international stock exchange for Micras, on which all nations without a top tier stock exchange have their companies trade. Investors interested in global finances, up and coming nations or a safe destination for investment, free from the ups and downs of an individual nation's GDP, are well advised to invest here.
The Nationale Bataafse Beurs (National Batavian Stock Exchange) was created back in the early days of the Second Kingdom of Batavia. It quickly became a success. However, the success didn't last long, as the stock exchange wasn't updated enough to keep it work decently. Nowadays, it's hosting the most important companies of Batavia and the Dutch Sector. It's located in the "Beursgebouw" (Exchange Building), in the Lingekwartier, in 's Koningenwaarde.
The Novatainian Stock Exchange was founded in the glory days of Novatainia's post-based economy, and enjoyed a thriving time of resource based trade. But as the MOTED trading system began to fail, so too did the companies based upon it, and the NSX was sadly retired, and became nothing more than a museum for economic history. Revived by VBNC, the NSX once again trades all the most prominent resource companies in Gralus; many of whom trade in MITO across the known world.
The official stock exchange of Vyktory.

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