The funds have finally been rolled over from my old 403B to my IRA. I just checked my on line brokerage account, and instead of a bunch of 0's, the account ballence was $14,100 and change. This is no longer an intellectual exercise. I have to decide what to do with this money to maximise my return. I've recently finished reading YOU HAVE MORE THAN YOU THINK, and I'm half way through THE MOTLEY FOOL INVESTMENT GUIDE. Tomorrow I'm going to order the Rule Maker/Breaker book. I'm about to embark on aroad I've never traveled, fiscal responsibility.I find this concept a bit scarey, even though in the past I thought nothing of going to a casino and throwing away $1000 tax refund in the hopes of hitting the big one. Now I realize what an irresponsible idiot I've been over the thirty years of my adult life and that it's time to take the first step in a new direction. I'll probably go with the Foolish Four, but the shakeup in the DOW recently has me a bit confused. A small voice says wait till the Y2K smoke clears. Another voice says never mind Y2k. Over the long haul it won't matter.Still another voice says try a rule breakerportfolio, you're old (51) and don't have 25 30 years to invest. (Perhaps If I increase the medication, the voices will go away) But I have to do something with this tax deferredaccount so that I can go back to the business of paying off the plastic debt. I want to be able to provide my wife and myself a retirement that doesn't include cat food as a staple in our diet. This is no longer theoretical and I don't mind admitting that I'm more than a bit nervous.I realize that It is ultumately UP TO ME, but I sure wouldn't mind some Foolish council.
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