Being new to the TMF boards I have noticed alot of general, beginner, start-up, or tactical questions and information requests. An easy, almost free way to get educated is as follows: 1. Buy one copy each of Money Magazine, Smart Money, Barrons, The Wall Street Journal and Investors Business Daily. Read the ad's and call the (800) numbers for information. 2. Watch CNBC (channel 275 on DirecTV) for one day with pencil & paper handy. Call any interesting (800) numbers. 3. From either the papers or CNBC, logon to any websites you see advertised and fill out any information request screens you bump into. Within two weeks you will need to build a new garage to house all of the literature you will receive. The next problem is that you need to read, or at least scan, all the literature you get. However, after two months of reading @ 1 hour a day, you will have a pretty good idea as to what's going on in the investment world. You need not worry about getting unsolicited phone calls from this process. All of these companies are so busy that cold calling any information requestors is just not time productive. These suggestions are intended to be a suppliment to many of the great books suggested & advertised on TMF. However, most of these books deal with how to invest "foolishly". Most do not have tactical & administrative information in them whereas the literature supplied by following the above will contain.Dear Badger! I pasted your entire post here because I like it so much. :-) I'm going to get the magazines you listed, Money Mag. was just suggested to me this week on W & I board, also. I will also investigate some of the other things you said. I am already filling a fat binder with all the posts I print and Fool School pages from this website. I thought I was missing something, re your last paragraph above...but I was relieved to see you say that tactical and administrative info is not in many places. Just to find out how to actually calculate the $ amount I could contribute to my Keogh for this year, since it is first time I've done my own taxes since I got it, I called the fin. planner who opened the Keogh for me...she didn't know for sure and suggested I call an acct., then I called the IRS, that 'specialist' didn't know, and asked if someone could return my call within ten days! (They never did) Oh brother. Thanks alot! meowiz
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