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Hmm, real money huh? It does make things more interesting. Still, TMF's program is a good way to get your feet wet. In the order of increasing risk:

1) Vanguard's VFINX: A good place to put some of your money, especially while you're getting your feet wet. Long history of beating most mutual funds.

2) Foolish Four (RP4 or otherwise). Another good vehicle for building a solid base of investments. Particularly good in IRA's. Despite all controversy, is based on a system that has actually beaten the S&P500 by a bit since being proposed in the early '90s.

3) Long Term Buy and Hold--Rule Makers. How can you go wrong? Buy six or eight great companies and just hold on. Lots of advice about selection available right here on the Fool.

4) Foolish Workshop--PEG5 or other models. I especially like PEG5 and other models that select their candidates from Value Line's Timeliness Rankings of 1 and 2. VL has a multi-decade track record of beating the market. These are truly exciting go-go momentum growth stocks. Also lots of support here at TMF.

5)LTB&Hold--Rule Breakers. For the truly adventurous. Fasten your seat belts.

Personally, I keep about half my money in S&P500 index funds and split the rest between Foolish Four and PEG5 stocks. Gradually, as some of my 401k and deferred compensation money becomes available, I will put more into FF and PEG selections. I also hold a rule maker or two. But then, I'm an old f*rt; I used to invest most of my money in Value Line Timeliness 1 stocks almost exclusively. It was good, but as I approach retierment, I no longer want quite so much volatility.

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