Grand Theft Auto V is awash with complex mechanics and features, one of which includes the in-game stock market. This Grand Theft Auto V Stock Market: How To Make Easy Money guide will teach you everything you need to know to run the stock markets like a Wall Street pro. Whether you want to invest short and fast or invest big for the long haul, both options are perfectly viable when playing GTAV.
There are a few things you must take into account before you venture into the stock market. Firstly don’t waste your time investing during the very early stages. With 1-2 minor exceptions it’s pretty static in regards to offline stocks. You want to wait until you have access to the assassination missions. This missions usually involve taking our a head figure in a certain company, so that is when you purchase stocks in a rival company before taking the target down. This plummets stock for that company while increasing the rivals.
There are two types of stocks in Grand Theft Auto V. BAWSAQ and LCN. Although these may appear identical on the surface, they’re not. BAWSAQ shares are influenced by the general Grand Theft Auto V community so as players purchase more weapons and armor, or add new mods, shares in Ammu-Nation and Customs increase. The LCN shares are offline and only change based on your actions within the game itself, as such these are the best investments for new brokers as they pose less risk.
As you venture forward in your journey through San Andreas you will have the opportunity to assassinate important figures, destroy or sabotage shops, or take out a large number of vehicles. These represent the perfect opportunity to invest as you’ll soon find big changes in the market. For example, if you were to destroy a few Cluckin’ Bell restaurants their stocks would plummet while Burger Shot would rise. In this situation you would purchase stocks in Burger Shot before destroying the Cluckin Bell restaurant. After you see the Burger Shot plummet and Cluckin Bell rise, sell your stocks and then change the order. So tear down Burger Shot instead of Cluckin’ Bell and there we go. This is just a general example but it works in many aspects of the game that involve any form of competition. However, if you really want the big money read below.
Sadly I missed the first one but I’ll keep note from here on out. During the assassination missions you will be told which company will benefit from your assassinations. As such you want to be sure to grab as many stocks in that company as possible. I spent my entire savings, $262,000 (at the time) on investing shares and the payout afterwards was $325,000, so it’s clear that it works. I’ve highlighted the assassination missions below along with the company you want to invest in:
To maximize your profits be sure to invest in the company with every character available to you at that time BEFORE the mission as you’re not able to switch during the mission. Also one of the guest heroes, Micah, has supplied some valuable intel. If you’re already on a mission when reading this you can fail the mission and cancel it, not replay. This will allow you to invest with all 3 characters.
A very valuable tip from Every_Time_I_Sneeze_I_Fart. Save the assassination missions until AFTER you complete the game. This will give you $25 million to invest with each character, minimum. Making your return much bigger and easily providing enough cash to purchase the remaining properties.
The Hotel Assassination – Invest In Beta Pharmasuticals, BAWSAQ
The Multi Target Assassination – Invest In Debonaire
The Vice Assassination – Fruit shares, BAWSAQ
The Bus Assassination – Lester suggests avoiding Vapid Motor Company, so sell if you have any shares in that company.
Construction Assassination – Invest In Gold Coast Development ( I invested $1,046,903 across all characters, returned home and slept. Then cashed in after after and saw a $547,10 profit)
FullThrottle and Voldo have also warned that you can lose up to half of your cash with Michael when completing the mission “Did somebody say yoga?”. So be sure to invest in reliable stock before hand.
It’s also worth noting that you can get stock tips from characters within the game world and during radio advertisements, so keep your ears open. Any extra tips for budding entrepreneurs? Leave a comment below and we’ll be sure to add the information to the guide, crediting your name as well.
A community member has also provided a list of competitors. This allows you to manipulate the market how you see fit. Destroy one sides assets and watch the other side score.
|Competitor 1||Competitor 2|
|Slaughter, Slaughter & Slaughter||Bullhead|
If you want to make millions on the stock market, complete every Heist with ease, or unlock all the random events; check out our Grand Theft Auto V Walkthrough Guide Collection.