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Subject:  Re: The Only 03Feb04 News I Could Find Date:  2/5/2004  11:24 AM
Author:  illini1990 Number:  206 of 766

Hi John and Jimmy,

Hope you don't mind my butting in. ;)

I've found that any depression or skittishness that I used to feel
with market downturns is slowly turning into a mindset of joy
and opportunity. It's the opportunity that's already been
mentioned ... buying up shares when you feel they are abnormally cheap.

Between reading Benjamin Graham's "Intelligent Investor" and reading
numerous posts on these HG boards, I've learned to integrate the
mantra of "buy low/sell high" into my mindset that has brought about
quite a bit of peace. Easier said than done, to be sure, but something
about reading Graham's book brings a more rational, technical argument
to evaluating stocks and applying a strategy to buying and selling.

Anyways, I guess what I'm saying is that I'm finding that I get excited
when the market is up (my stocks are up!) AND when the market is down
(are there any buying opportunities today?). I'd really recommend
reading that book ... it's helped me a lot already, and I'm not even
halfway through it.

I'll leave the room now ... hope this helps a little.


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