If you want to make some serious money in GTA 5, one of the best things you can do is master the game’s stock markets. Just like the real world markets though, you’ll struggle to make money out of these systems until you have a fair bit of money to throw at them. The good news is that you’ll accrue a pretty impressive amount of cash just by playing through the main game and playing it smart.
Making money in GTA 5
You’ll reach a point in GTA 5’s story where Franklin is able to access a series of missions from Lester, all of which are based around the assassination of prominent corporation characters. By happy coincidence, each corporation has a competitive counterpart on the stock market, and the good or bad fortunes of one company is directly reflected in the fortunes of the other.
As you might imagine, this means you can exploit mission circumstances for your own advantage. You’ll have no choice but to complete the first of Lester’s missions in order to progress the rest of the story, but after that, you should complete no others until you’ve finished the main campaign and saved up a massive wedge of cash. You should then invest all of this money into the stock market as you work through Lester’s missions so that you can gain the highest possible rewards from your corporate interference.
One way of sussing all of this out would be to just save and reload your games as necessary, as you discover the target of your wrong-doing. Alternatively, we’ve created a cheat sheet for you below. Just make sure you wait until around 24 in-game hours have passed before you cash in your investments – it’ll take that long for the maximum swing to occur, and you don’t want to miss any of these one-off opportunities to make some crazy money.
The Multi Target Assassination
The Vice Assassination
The Bus Assassination
Vapid (after mission)
The Construction Assassination
When you’ve finished working your way through all of Lester’s missions, and grabbed all of that lovely lolly, you should have a fortune to either invest back into the stock market or use to snap up every business and building available in the game world.
A word of caution if you choose the former approach. If you decide to pour your ill-gotten gains back into the stock market, understand that there are no further guarantees when it comes to the return on your investments. If you decide to put your money into bricks and mortar instead you’ll make less cash overall, but your money’s much safer. We can still help you do a little better than this, however.
First things first, make sure you have a decent amount of time to commit to each round of investment. Shares take approximately 45 seconds to update, and available gains are often only available within a very narrow window of opportunity. It’s true enough that shares that tank disastrously will recover in time, but you won’t be able to make use of your capital while it’s tied up in poorly performing stocks.
Something else to keep in mind is that each LCN corporation on the market has a direct competitor. As one company suffers, the other gains, and vice versa. Here’s a quick cheat-sheet that will help you keep track of who’s fighting who within the game’s economy.
LCN corporate rivals
Slaughter, Slaughter & Slaughter
How then to make the most of this system? It depends first of all on how averse you are to risk, as well as the unique market fluctuations within your own game. To help you manage this delicate balance of risk and reward, it’s essential that you learn to carefully study the performance graphs provided for each stock.
If a stock’s performance has historically followed a gentle curve with a clear pattern associated with it, you can buy low, exercise whatever patience is required to turn a profit, and then get out when you feel confident the peak price has been reached. You won’t get huge returns from using this strategy, but you should be able to make a tidy sum of money if you can identify several such stocks and play them simultaneously. Just be careful not to get too greedy, as even the most stable stocks can suffer a drastic drop from time to time.
It’s easy to capitalize on Lester’s stock market shenanigans, but you’re always at risk of losing the money you invest in this much less predictable sandbox market. Always try to keep a broad portfolio of stocks in play to both maximize your profits and minimize your risks, and don’t leave it too long to get out of a market. Keep enough of your money churning in the system, however, and you should find it easy to make far more than you lose from less fortunate investments.
BAWSAQ stock market guide
It’s one thing to play the LCN stock market, where the prices are determined entirely by the circumstances of your own offline game, but it’s quite another to speculate within the online, universal BAWSAQ market. The actions and investments of every other player connected to the Rockstar Games Social Club affect this second stock market, so it’s essential to stay on your toes.
Here’s a very specific example that was outlined by Rockstar just before the game launched. When the game first came out, it made a lot of sense to put your money into Ammu-Nation as soon as possible. Everyone getting stuck into the campaign at launch was collectively buying a massive amount of ammunition, driving the corporation’s stock up as a result. The actions of the entire player base had a profound impact on the stock’s performance.
It’s because of this wide-ranging metagame that it’s possible to achieve much a bigger return on your investment than if you only played with the offline markets – the risks, of course is much greater. You should be able to get a return on your canny investments that’s at least three times higher than those achieved on the LCN market, but the window of opportunity to capitalize on your money can be much smaller, and the risks of total collapse are much higher.
If you’re going to get involved with the BAQSAQ market, it’s essential that you monitor community activity closely, and make use of the latest price information available via the Rockstar Games Social Club site. The price values on the web service are updated just a little faster than they are in-game. It’s not enough to ensure you crush the competition, but every little advantage helps in this ruthless financial world.