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I am a new member of the Fool Community (& philosophy, as I have been studying results before joining.)

For many years, my wife and I have had all of our retirement accounts with financial representatives who could only trade in mutual funds. The more I became disillusioned by the daunting task of trying to track each fund's holdings, the more I came to the decision that mutual funds were not the investment vehicle we needed, and worse, lost much of their value over more than 20 years!

In the next 5 weeks, we are moving, and I am starting a new job/career. So It's not that I'm not willing and even anxious to start studying individual stock evaluations, but realistically I won't have time for awhile. Not wanting to miss what I feel will be a strong market in the next 2-3 months, my question is this:

As a new convert, and before I get in the routine of studying and evaluating stock performance for myself, do you think it would be a mistake (or worse, financial suicide) to blindly follow the Fools' picks, just to get started, and adjust later if necessary after doing my own research?

Thanks for any help, and you're welcome if I've made you laugh with my naivety!
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