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I've recently finished all 69 missions in the main campaign, and everyone has about $26 million in their bank accounts, but that isn't nearly enough to buy all the different properties in the game (the golf course is $150,000,000 by itself!).

Apparently it's possible to become a billionaire, but most people do it through judicious use of Lester's assassination missions. Unfortunately a lot of people will be like me; finishing the game before looking at any tips, tricks or guides. So how can I now take each character's final money and turn it into more?

I've read theories about manipulating the LCN exchange (the market tied to your single player game) by damaging rival companies so their competitor's stock rises (or the target's stock falls).

For example, CoolBeans vs BeanMachine or Burgershot vs Up-An-Atom. The theory goes that if you blow up a bunch of FlyUS airplanes, AirEmu's stock will rise (or at least, FlyUS's stock will plummet). But as far as I can tell, these are only rumours and nobody has actually been able to make any money doing it.

There's also obviously the BAWSAQ, which are, in theory, tied to fluctuations in both GTAV and GTA Online across everyone's game.

So how can I turn my characters in GTAV (not GTA Online) into billionaires?

Note:The "invest in Debonaire" answer below does NOT WORK.

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+1 I heard those stories about the rival companies, but it never quite worked for me. Destroying PostOP vans never safely increased GoPostal's stocks, sometimes those even worsened instead. Good thing I made use of the handy Quicksave feature. –  Nolonar Oct 9 '13 at 13:08
    
You can get an extra couple of million by doing the Epsilon side-missions. I know, that's a long way off the amount you need, but it's not to be sniffed at. –  Archer Oct 15 '13 at 11:45

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Like you, I didn't know all of the stock manipulating tricks until after I completed the game. It bothered me enough that I replayed most of the game in order to finish with over $2 billion. If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn't have started over. Not because there is nothing to spend the money on but because I have found a reliable method to accrue money after finishing the main story. Although there is a cap on how much money you can have at any given time, there is no such limit to the amount you can invest in a given stock, so long as you don't go over the $2.1 billion mark in shares of a stock you own.

At the moment, I have about $320 billion invested in BAWSAQ stocks. Why would I need that much money? The zombie apocalypse of course...dummy.

Anyway, almost all of this was accumulated in the same manner. Although it is claimed that the BAWSAQ exchange is based on the activities of online players, I don't believe it. If you watch the bawsaq exchange long enough, you will see fairly predictable trends in certain penny stocks. You will notice that certain stocks drop substantially for a few days and then rebound. Focusing on 3 or 4 penny stocks can net you 50% to 200% returns over the course of a few days. Every once in a while, you will see a stock go from $2 a share to $15-20. I'll take a 1000% return all day.

I've also found that designating 8-10 save games slots for different point in the trading process come in handy for those times when you were wrong about a stock.


I got tired of typing my original reply, but I had a good night's sleep and my morning coffee, so I'll add a few tips:

  • Stick to stocks valued at $0-4 a share. It is much more likely that a stock will jump from $4 to $8 than it is to jump from $50 to $100... at least in GTA.

  • Stick to BAWSAQ, it is much more volatile in the short term, which is what you want in this case.

  • Snap photos with your phone (real, not in game) of stock prices on a daily basis for a week or so. It really helps with identifying trends. Don't pay any attention to the 5 hour highs and lows. They are garbage.

Finally, I noticed that although certain stocks tend to follow a pattern, that doesn't seem to be the case in the long run. They seem to go up and down over the course of a month or so and then the pattern changes. For this and other reasons, save often and save with different mixes of stocks.

Thinking back though, I typically would roll back to a save point not because a stock tanked but because I sold it at a 30% gain when I could have sold it after a 60% gain. At some point, it isn't fun anymore. Trying to move 50 billion between stocks when the limit per transaction is 2.1 billion isn't worth it.

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I think you've cracked it. I will test and post back! –  Django Reinhardt May 22 at 12:55

If you want to make a billion what i did was re-do the game and not do any lestor missions well do just the one and then leave his missions untill the end of the game, you can then do lestor missions and go other sites which will tell you what to invest in and if you save all the money you can you can be 1.5 billion rich :) & as for taking out rival companies is a lie i took a tank into airport took out the rival company and the stock market was still low made no money :P well no where near enough.

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I haven't had much luck trying to destroy assets to affect stock prices either. But here's what's been working for me so far. It's not a guaranteed quick-billion but over time you'll get there.

Invest in Debonaire!

The stock price for Debonaire consistently fluctuates between around 4.8 and 7.4 (at least from what I've seen in my ~60 hours of story mode gameplay). Since the price is so low, that tiny change is actually a significant percentage. If you invest everything in the stock when you see it anywhere below 6 or so and then sell it back any time it goes over 7, you're making a decent percentage (up to 54%!) back on your investment at a relatively frequent interval.

If you are actually trying to reach $1,000,000,000 then this method is going to take a long time. There's probably something better out there. But at least it's something reliable to do until someone finds that better thing.

As for precisely how long, given your starting balance of 26 million and assuming an average ROI of 10% (YMMV) and ZERO extra spending, you'll have to invest and sell everything 39 times to reach a billion dollars. But only 19 times to afford the golf course.

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Thanks! I'll start monitoring their stock to see if it's the same for me. –  Django Reinhardt Oct 9 '13 at 13:39
    
Hmm. At 5.8% return it will take 33 times to buy the golf course, and 66 times to become a billionaire :-/ –  Django Reinhardt Oct 9 '13 at 13:49
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@DjangoReinhardt It may very well be. I'll update with more solid data as I continue to do this, though my play time may be dropping off soon as I focus more on GTA Online. If you try this and find anything more concrete feel free to edit in the details! –  dpatchery Oct 9 '13 at 14:04
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Wait Debonaire stock price is 240 in the LCN for me. Have they updated the market, or am I looking in the wrong place? –  JumpingJezza Nov 4 '13 at 3:13
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price of Debonaire is rising fast after several GTA updates. This answer is no longer valid. –  Raptor Feb 21 at 3:05

Further to dpatchery's suggestion to invest in Debonaire, I've found a guide which suggests the following have similar traits, and so are good for investing in:

  • TacoBomb [TBO]
  • Fleeca [FLC]
  • BankOfLiberty [BOL]
  • MazeBank [MAZ]

I have not tested these, though -- I just wanted to make note of them.

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I tried with Maze and did not see much fluctuation over a week. –  Django Reinhardt Oct 16 '13 at 17:39

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