Kasper Schmeichel. (Possibly) the only gk to have won PB.
Posts made by metropolis
RE: Should the Championship be a dividend awarding league?
No to the first question. The Portugese, Dutch and Belgian leagues should be made PB eligible before the Championship purely because the quality and standard is much higher. Competitive is a very subjective term.
Yes, it would provide more investment, but i'd prefer to see FI expand internationally than stay focused on the UK market. Making the Championship eligible (before the others) would be give out the wrong message.
What Does FI Do With Our Money?
So, as more and more money is being invested in FI, I'm starting to wonder what does FI do with the money? Don't get me wrong, I love the platform and benefiting from the increases as much as everyone else, but with the amount of money some investors pump in, its starting to look more like a bank than a betting company. Although, seemingly without any large scale protection or security.
Large deposits (£1000+) are made frequently, and I wonder:
- Does FI invest the money in the real stockmarket and make money from that to keep itself profitable?
- Does it use the money for company overheads? Or is this funded from outside investment?
- What would happen if everyone (or the majority of users) wanted to take their money out? Sorry to give a negative scenario, but the question does need to be asked.
To be clear, I believe 100% in the platform and can only see it growing, but sometimes feel slightly uncertain about what could happen? I guess it's just seeing such big increases makes me nervous in a strange sort of way. I understand the advice about only betting what you can afford to lose, but still - I regularly see portfolios of £10k+ and even £100k+ which for most are large amounts of money which people can't really afford to lose.
Plenty of online games etc where you pay your fees annually and monthly for a service which goes towards the running and a little profit. No problem if it collapses, you just stop subscribing, but FI is totally different - massive deposits with little withdrawals and payouts in comparison.
Not sure if this has been suggested before, but it would be great to have access to manager statistics in addition to player. Particularly for managers outside of the Premier League who we are not so familiar with.
For example, passing percentage stats for a Saari team vs Guardiola, clean sheets for Mourinho teams etc.
Understand this would be difficult to track but would help with furniture planning and purchasing.
Growth Forecast For Your Portfolio
OK, so I joined at the end of April this year, so only 3 months but the growth so far has outweighed my expectations. Nothing spectacular compared to others here, but currently +21% which I didn't think was possible in the beginning.
Looking ahead, what does everyone think is a realistic forecast for portfolio value growth over the next few years.
Currently, I'm thinking the platform is growing massively but can't continue forever, so something like the below. Only a quick guess, but curious to see what others think.
Year 1: 30 - 35% growth (300 - 350k users)
Year 2: 30 - 35% growth (600 - 700k users)
Year 3: 25-30% growth (800 - 900k users)
Year 4: 15 - 20% growth (1m users)
Year 5: 5 - 10% growth(1.1m users)
Year 6+ - 3 - 8% growth (1.2m users)
Personally, I can see the platform levelling out at about 1 - 1.2m users but this is purely a guess. The advertising will help massively with the next year or two, but what then? Will FI ever truly replace betting with the large returns it promises?
Curious to hear your thoughts.
RE: Cheap Players
Yeah he's an interesting one. I hold a small amount in him and hoping he comes good at West Ham. I'm not sure if the new players they have will be good or bad for him - more chances or more competition?Certainly worth a look though.
My fear if he does move is the MLS or China.
Following Match Days (without live TV coverage)
OK, so ahead of the new season, I wanted to ask how everyone follows match days and players they hold. I'm guessing most watch matches live on Sky/ BT but for those of us who don't have this option, how do you keep up to date with how your players are performing and make trading decisions? Radio is the other option, but I'm thinking there will be some more 'statistically focused' users who follow the game via live stats or similar. I used WhoScored during the World Cup which was useful to see how the game was playing out, particularly the heat maps, being able to switch between individual player stats and general team stats, but I'm sure there are better resources out there which others can recommend.
Also, what are your methods for post match analysis and tracking players day to day? I have the data packs (Noir's sheet) but looking for more live individually focused data, like latest news on a player as well as their stats. Twitter is the obvious one for news, but not sure about stats.
So which resources do you use, and can you recommend to the FI community?