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Greetings gurob and welcome to the Motley Fool!

You write:

<< I am very new to the process of investing in the stock market.

I have a very foolish question: Can anyone explain to me what a portfolio
is and what I need it for.

Sorry for my foolishness, but everyone starts at some time.>>

No need to apologize. I remember visiting a friend many years ago who said something about his "portfolio." I kept looking at his briefcase thinking he hid it in there. Up until that point, I thought a portfolio was a compilation of photographs for performing artists.

A portfolio refers to the combined holding of more than one stock, bond, commodity, real estate investment, cash, or other asset by an individual or institutional investor.

I recommend visiting our "Fool's School" to learn more about the basics of investing:

http://www.fool.com/school/basics/investingbasics.htm

And remember to come on back if you have any questions.

Fool on!

Barbara Eisner Bayer
TMF Venus
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