Warning---this may get a little longHi all, I just stumbled across this board and decided to add it to my favorite list. I'm a student, who like many students does not have that much money. My first investment several years ago was a mutual fund, which after repeatedly underperforming I sold. I also have opened a couple of drips(ko, jnj, intc). I try to make regular payments, but it turns out that I contribute when I can.I also have opened an account online with suretrade in which I have small positions in tech stocks. While I haven't been able to invest a lot of money, I feel that the experiance has left me well positioned to do well, once I graduate and get a job.Has everything gone well, and have I made all the right decisions? No. I took a chance on a small cab biotech that didn't work out, a gamble in retrospect. I invested in IBM a few weeks before it fell 20% in a day at the end of last year, and this year both jnj and ko are down 30% since I've bought them.I've also had some fantastic buys. cra is up nearly 500%, jdsu 50%, intc 20%. All in all I'm ahead both in terms of dollars and in terms of knowledge if I had never invested, and isn't that what this is really about? Finding a way to do well at both.In May I graduate and look forward to the world. I look forward to a job, to an IRA especially, and to turning the combination of an actual income and my knowledge into greater returns in the future.-Russ
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