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As you know, Fools believe your basic investment should be an S&P 500 Index fund--probably to the extent of at least 60% of your total investment. You can do better in picking individual stocks if you pick them right, but that is a very big if for most people. That is why index funds are recommended for most of us.

If you are considering stock purchases, take a look at those Foolish portfolios: Foolish 8, Rule Makers, Rule Breakers.

Beyond that you must do your homework and make your own choices on individual stocks. You will find message boards on various stocks on Fooldom and other sites where you can learn a great deal (and sometimes be misled by the pros).

Investing in your employers stock can be OK in that you probably have better information on how well it is doing than do most Wall Streeters. Of course, there can be complications: too much concentration in that company's future and sale of the stock can be seen as disloyal.

So while you are working out your own answers to all these questions, I would suggest that you focus most of your resources in index fund.

Best of luck to you.
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