yar123: "So I have $75k available for investing and I've opened a brokerage account and I've been reading a lot and it's time to mak a move...My thinking is investing as follows:* $12k in 12 different Income Investor recommendations* $12k in 12 different Hidden Gems recommendations* $3k in 6 different micro-cap recommendations* $12k in 12 different Inside Value recommendations* $6k in a S&P index fund* $6k in a NASDAQ index fund* $15k in 1-3 REIT funds, including at least one that focuses on health care."Upon first review, this made little sense to me because 12k * 12 = 144k, or almost twice as much the OP is starting with.Upon reading the other posts, and further reflection, I now believe that the OP is discussing investing:--- $1000 in each of 36 different stocks, --- $500 in each of 6 different stocks, (total of 42 stocks to monitor)--- $6000 in an S&P index--- $6000 in a NASDAQ index--- $5000 in each of 3 different REITS.I suspect that the transaction costs will be too high. More importantly, I doubt that OP can effectively monitor 42 stocks, 2 indices, and 3 REITS. The time commitment to review 45 annual reports and the related quarterly filings thoroughly and timely will be daunting.Just my $0.02. Regards, JAFO
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