Sangamo Sang The Blues!

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Sangamo Therapeutics (NASDAQ: SGMO) was down 30% today.  My own loss: 67%.  Ouch.

Today was a rough day in the market.

Overall, the averages were down, because the US and China are not as close to a trade deal as we thought.

Then there was Sangamo Therapeutics (NASDAQ: SGMO), which I posted about yesterday.  Sangamo was down 30% today.

The company is working on a cutting edge technology called gene editing.  Although, as I said yesterday, they are the only company in the US that has successfully edited a gene in a human, in reporting their trial results today they did not prove unequivocally that there was a significant medical benefit.

As a result the stock was punished…pushing my loss to 67%.  Yes, you read that right.

Sangamo still has about seven additional opportunities to redeem itself.  But there are no guarantees.

And I knew that going in.  I wrote a piece on speculative investments recently, of which Sangamo is one.  These kinds of investments are not for those with weak stomachs.

You should start out investing in successful companies before you graduate to a speculative stock.

I will keep you posted on Sangamo as the year goes on.

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What Is A Speculative Investment?

If you’ve ever watched The show “Mad Money” on CNBC, you may have heard the term “spec”, which is short for speculative investing.

A speculative investment is when you buy shares in company that is unproven, which makes its future uncertain.

A good example would be a developmental biotechnology company.  Most speculative biotech companies’ fortunes depend on their ability to create a drug that can successfully treat a disease.  If their clinical trials show results, they may receive FDA approval to commercialize their drug.  However, the odds of FDA approval for most drugs are low, so these investments come with a great deal of risk.

I think every investor should have at least one spec in their portfolio.  Just make sure you don’t overload your portfolio with them.

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