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Dear BK,

My husband and I are also 30, new investors.

We started in Dec 99 with stocks that are Rule Maker-like, big names, good numbers, and a comfortable level of risk for our first investments.

The stocks we chose are INTC, NOK, CSCO and AMGN. We've been very pleased with the performance of all of these, and are looking forward to many years of ownership. These stocks are in a ROTH IRA.

Since our start, we've begun a ROTH for my husband, and have opened a brokerage account for our nest egg.

We have other investments in index funds, and my husband's 401K is in various boring mutual funds. The stocks we own are a minority percentage of our total funds.

I'd recommend that to become more aggressive you consider adding a few stocks to your portfolio. I disagree with the previous opinion that you have to pick high risk stocks. You may want to get your feet wet with one of the biggies that you like, and then move towards small caps when you've developed a comfort level. That's our plan.

Our stock strategy is to look for industries with growth, and that will be dominant in the future. We're interested in technology more than "old economy" businesses. Our future picks may include Home Depot, PMC Sierra, Immunex, Adobe and more Nokia. We're figuring it out.

We also use Schwab as our broker and are content.

Good luck to you,

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