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Version: 1.1 | Updated: 10/02/2020
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Island Life

The Stalk Market

A returning feature from previous installments of the franchise is the Stalk Market, a simulation of the real-world stock market. This affords you the opportunity to take a gamble with your hard-earned Bells and either strike rich or go broke.

Initialization

After construction of Nook's Cranny is completed, Daisy Mae will appear every Sunday between 5AM and 12PM selling turnips. These turnips - the "stalks" - have fluctuating values throughout the week. Turnips can only be purchased from Daisy Mae and only sold to Timmy or Tommy.

Considerations

There are a few things to consider when investing in turnips:

  • Turnips can only be bought from Daisy Mae on Sundays from 5AM until 12PM. Their price will be as low as 90 Bells and as high as 110.
  • Turnips cannot be placed in the drop-box outside of Nook's Cranny at any time, nor can they be sold on Sundays.
  • The market price of turnips changes twice daily at 12AM and again at 12PM, Monday through Saturday.
  • Turnips will rot after one week, thus losing any value.
  • Turnips cannot be placed in your home storage. It is highly recommended to use spare rooms in your house or a sectioned-off area on your island as storage space until you're ready to sell. (Sectioning off an area of your island for turnip storage prevents visitors from stealing your investment)

Knowing these things, monitor the market price throughout the week. The optimal strategy - much like the real world - is to buy the turnips when they're low and sell them when they're high.

Strategies

As is the case with the real world stock market, smart investors will pay attention to the market value of their investments. Given that the market value of turnips changes twice daily, it's important to check their value each day, both before and after 12 PM. When inquiring about the current market price, write down the price for later analysis.

While the exact price fluctuations of your turnips will vary, there are a few distinct patterns that they will generally follow:

Your turnips will be on a decreasing trend if you notice that their price continuously decreases by a small number of Bells at each price change. If at Thursday's morning price, you find that your prices have not increased at all since the first price Monday morning, sell your turnips as soon as possible to minimize your losses, because you're most likely on this trend.

Example Decreasing Trend Turnip Prices
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
97

85 morning

80 midday

75 morning

72 midday

68 morning

64 midday

61 morning

56 midday

53 morning

48 midday

44 morning

39 midday

Your turnips will be on a fluctuating trend if you notice that their price continuously rises and falls by minor amounts at each price change. Typically, this trend will show a slight drop in price Monday morning, followed by gradual increases and decreases at each change. While it is possible to turn a profit on this trend, you'll need to monitor your prices more aggressively to make sure you don't miss your opportunity to sell at a profit. This trend will usually give prices that exceed your purchase price at least a few throughout the week.

Example Fluctuating Trend Turnip Prices
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
97

88 morning

94 midday

125 morning

77 midday

72 morning

64 midday

120 morning

136 midday

94 morning

92 midday

64 morning

57 midday

Your turnips will be on a small spike or large spike if you notice that their price gradually drops at each price change, then one change shows increase by a significant amount. At this point, you need to closely monitor each subsequent price change to accurately determine which spike you're on. Small spikes will see a gradual increase to their maximum price and fall in the game gradual manner over the course of four price changes; large spikes will rise - as the name implies - sharply to their max point and substantially drop at the very next price change.

A small spike can fetch turnip values up to 2x of their starting price on Sunday; a large spike can command up to 6x their original price.

Example Spike Trend Turnip Prices
SizeSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Large97

85 morning

80 midday

75 morning

72 midday

96 morning

167 midday

581 morning

152 midday

124 morning

74 midday

62 morning

57 midday

Small

96 morning

130 midday

168 morning

192 midday

154 morning

86 midday

82 morning

77 midday

Additional Information

Now that we've established a fair understanding of the turnip market, let's briefly discuss an alternate method of dabbling in the Stalk Market.

If you're on a less-than-favorable trend for your island's turnip prices (such as a fluctuating or decreasing trend), it may benefit you to seek out your friends' turnip prices and request to visit their island so that you can sell your turnips. When using this method, it is usually customary to give a 10% tip to the host as a gesture of goodwill for giving up their time to accommodate your needs. This works in the inverse as well: if you're on a large spike and have spare time, it may be worth spending your time hosting visitors to sell their turnips on your island - after you've sold yours, of course - as a way to generate even more money.