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Author: joelxwil Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 75384  
Subject: Re: Army Guy needs Stock Advice Date: 8/17/2005 10:41 AM
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First, thank you for what you are doing for our country.

Second, there are no stocks for the long run. Or, more correctly, there are but it is very difficult to predict. Hence you need to monitor your investments carefully. Many of the large cap stocks like MSFT, MRK, PFE, C, etc. either have problems or are not growing. But the small caps, which are growing, are also somewhat volatile.

If you look at the holdings of a fund like FBRVX, which is a small cap fund that had done very well, you may find that you can develop a portfolio of small caps from their holdings. But these holdings that are posted may be out of date.

A simpler thing to do is to buy QQQQ, SPY, and IWM according to the recommendations of TimingCube (www.timingcube.com), and go long and short according to their recommendations. That will cause you to trade 2-4 times per year. Once you build up your portfolio and get a better handle on how the market works, you may want to go into individual stocks.

Yesterday I bought SHLD because it was right at its support. Today it is up a bit. In general, the market looks crummy today, however.
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