I guess the reason that I ask this question is because I'm thinking about using one of the Fool's advisory services - either Stock Advisor or Hidden Gems. Although I'm disheartened at the level and tone of advertising that these services have developed, I've been very impressed by the quality of these products (I did the free trials a while back), and if you look at their performance (although admittedly fairly short-term), they've outperformed the market by a good deal.Be careful about that.I read a promo for the one of the TMF newsletters once. It bragged that since inception it had returned 28% vs. 8% for the S&P 500.I did a quick search and noticed that the MSCI World Index had returned 31% over the same time period.There are markets and there are markets. The US stock market has lagged the rest of the world for quite some time. You pretty much needed to at it to under perform the S&P 500 over the past 4-5 years.The one advice I might give you is to pick a sensible strategy and avoid chasing whatever did well last year. At your age you'll probably do well with index funds. If you pick stocks carefully you'll likely do well. You won't do well buying what you should have bought a year ago.
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