The two stock markets in GTA 5 are more or less like you would find in real life. To make money investing in the markets, you’ll need to invest when markets are low and sell your stocks when markets are high. It seems easy enough, but trying to predict what markets will do and how they will behave can be a rather tricky endeavour.
There are some times that you can invest your money in particular stocks - with all three characters - to make some you hefty dollars, such as Lester’s Assassination Missions, but for the most part, it’s all a matter of watching the markets and keeping an eye on the stocks you have purchased to make sure you dump them at the right time.
You can use your cellphone or laptops and check the markets for immediate in-game prices. You can also check the Rockstar Social Network for stock behaviour on the BAWSAQ, although it seems to be slightly behind the actually in-game prices.
The Market Screens
1: This is where you can view the behaviour of a particular stock. It will show the highest value a stock has been and more importantly its current value as of viewing.
2: This shows how many units of the stock you own. Remember that to make a lot of money, you’ll need to invest a lot of money, so buying 10 stocks in a certain company isn’t going to do much for you. Go big or go home.
3: This is probably the most important part of the stock information screen. This will show you the change your stock prices are undergoing. The upper number will show the number of points the stock has gone up or down and the lower number showing the percentage of change. Obviously, when there is any change, you will want to keep an eye on the percentage - whether going up or down. If it starts going down too quickly, you may want to jump ship before you lose too much money, however if it is on the rise, keep an eye on it to see how high it will rise before it starts falling again.
4: You can find this screen by clicking on “My Portfolio” tab across the top of the market sites. This is the return percentage that your stock is undergoing. This is the easiest way to tell if you are doing well on your stock. The higher the return percentage, the higher the money you will make at the time, however the percentage is all dependent on the amount of money you have invested.
5: This column will flat out tell you how much of a profit you are turning on your investment. Instead of trying to figure out what the return profit calculates into, this will tell your return on investment and either give you a minus number to make you cringe, or a positive that will show just how much in the green you actually are.