First of all, if you are going to put money in the stock market, you should learn how to evaluate stocks, and when to buy and when to sell. This is not terribly difficult, and you can get good candidates from the "overlaps" on the Mechanical Investing board.Don't just put money in some stocks and then leave it there. Re-evaluate on a daily basis and take the appropriate action. If a stock begins to tank, sell it immediately. It is better to have a realized gain than an un-realized loss (Duh!).Index funds are OK, but if you check it out you well see that when the market is in rally mode, the small caps out-perform the large caps. So buy IWM. The (8,55) EMA crossover does pretty well for trading it - certainly better than buy and hold, even though it is not perfect. Look at a chart to see that.
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