This is an instructions page that consolidates the common questions asked from new fleet members.  If you have a question that is not shown on this list, you can use the form at the bottom of the page to ask your question or access the Discord page.  This page will not answer any questions with answers that can be found on the Tradelands wiki, as the developer’s and their team of writers are more familiar with the game than F&BP.

Stock Exchange / Price Guide Questions

Q: On the price guide, what do the columns mean?

Below is the definitions for the columns on the Price Guide:

  • Item Name – The name of the item as it appears on the index.  In most cases, it is the same as the in-game item name.
  • Last Updated – Date when the ML algorithm last updated the price.  An older date means fewer transactions are happening each day.
  • Price Per Piece – Price to buy one unit of the item.  This is the most common method of listing prices in-game.
  • Market Cap – Total value of the market for this type of item.  Larger market caps mean it is harder to influence prices.  Moreover, this is the likely maximum you can make in one single transaction.

For most players, the “Price Per Piece” is the price you want to use when setting your price points.  The Market Cap is useful if you are trying to do bulk transactions.

Q: I don’t see the item listed on the Price Guide that I am trying to sell.  Does that mean I can’t sell it?

A: The Price Guide is created by a program using Machine Learning (ML) to determine the price of items actively being sold on the market.  If an item isn’t listed, it usually means that the AI doesn’t have enough data to make a prediction of the market price, the item isn’t for sale, or there is no volume of that item on the market at present.  If you see items being actively bought/sold that don’t appear on the price guide, it’s possible the ML algorithm doesn’t consider it significant enough to add to the guide.

Q: Can I request a price check of a specific item, or can I have an item added to the price guide if it isn’t there yet?

A: Yes!  The easiest way to ask this is in the fleet’s Discord channel.  You can also ask on the website.  However, be aware that collecting this data is not a manual process.  It may take several days (or weeks) before an item will be listed, depending on the volume of data available to the AI.

Q: Why is the Market Cap showing a “-” for an item that is recently updated? Why not use the old amount if it doesn’t exist?

A: The “Market Cap”, also known as Market Capitalization, shows how much of that item can be bought or sold. In other words, its the maximum you can make in a transaction. When a “-” is showing it means there are no true transactions, or “shares,” available for these items, meaning while the price of the item is known the amount you can buy/sell at that price is effectively zero.

We can’t just leave the previous market cap during an update because that is the market cap for a different price and time. The market cap is relative to the current price and time only. However, the fleet can always pull the previous price data if needed.

For more information on how this can be used to build a portfolio in Tradelands, we recommend reading up on how investors use it in real life. Then, use the guides available on this website to build a successful trade company.

Q: What are Stabilization Ratings and how do they differ from the rating given my other price guides?

A: Stabilization is a measure of how predictable the item is to vary from the ongoing market trends. This is similar to Bond Ratings in real life and uses the same principles in determine ratings for Tradelands items. A “Stable” rating is the same thing as an AA or AAA rating, while “Unstable” is C or D. In general, the lower the rater, the more risky the investment, and the greater variance on yield (i.e. return on investment) you can gain or lose.

Other guides base prices on different factors such as seller preferences, while ours is wholly driven by market performance and potential yield. It’s important to use the guide that works best for your specific style of trading when making decisions. Also, it’s important to note that this is not a rating on the overall market stability, so it is not a guarantee of actual outcome regardless of the rating shown on this guide.

Fleet Questions

Q: How do I join the fleet’s discord channel if I don’t have it?

A: If you are a fleet member, you can ask in the group’s in-game channel for the link.  Non-members can ask the same way.  Alternatively, the link is occasionally posted on this website during key events.  The Discord server is operated by several different play groups simultaneously.  If you desire to be added as a member of F&BP you can send a note in the #requests channel once you are in.

Q: Can I post content to this website as a fleet member?

A: Yes, any fleet member can post to this website.  To maintain anonymity, this website has an admin who posts all content on our behalf.  This means you will not see your name on your post unless there is a specific need to do so.