The word/picture market is extremely volatile and not reccommended for the novice trader. Drastic cost flucuations are not uncommon and the unwary amateur can find easily find himself in possesion of many large and worthless words and no pictures to secure his interest. The european word/picture market is widely regarded as the most risky way to earn words. The stubborn opinion of the French's value on the picture combined with the slow German word appreciation has led to share decreases so violent that entire nations were devalued when the Berlin Wall collpased in 1989.