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Author: HarryInBC One star, 50 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 69  
Subject: Re: Index or Stock Date: 1/4/2005 8:17 PM
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Hi Matthew,

Welcome to the Motley Fool, and congratulations on your decision to start investing at your age.

I'm sure you'll get lots of different advice.

I think, considering your time horizon (20-30) years, you could do far worse than just "buying the bank". The TD is a good bank, it has a lot of potential. It also pays a dividend. That may not sound like much, but if you get your broker to re-invest your dividends in more TD stock, plus adding $25. per month, you will be amazed at how many shares you'll own in 30 years. Before you buy anything, read as much as you can about the company. Be prepared to argue why you picked a stock. And never take anyone's advice on how to invest. Just use advice as a starting place for research. (Investors call it 'due dilligence').

Money you invest should stay invested for several years, don't invest money you might need in the next year or two. Be sure to keep some money in a savings account for unexpected needs.

Now, on with your investing education. This particular board is very quiet, but you'll find a lot of really smart and interesting Canadians over at the Canada General board.

Just follow this link, and ask your question over there. I'm sure you'll get a lot of answers.

http://boards.fool.com/Messages.asp?mid=21856768&bid=100170

Happy Investing, Matthew

-Harry



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