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Hey H20,

I've been signed up for the TD investment courses for about a year and a half. (And with Motley Fool for about four and one half years.) Of the three courses you mention, I've only taken the Options course. But I am about to get back to this after a series of other distractions, and I intend to take Advanced Fundamentals and probably the Portfolio Management as well, before I run out of time.

If you are mainly interested in managing your 401k a little more actively - picking out some or all of the funds yourself, or maybe even some individual stocks - then Advanced Fundamentals and Portfolio Management are definitely the way to go. If you don't want to even worry about picking the funds yourself, the Portfolio Management still might give you better understanding of all the possibilities.

You would not need any knowledge about options unless you want to get much more aggressive about your investing. For people who want to explore that, TD (sensibly) suggests setting aside a small fraction of your total investment funds for that purpose. It's just much more high-risk.

Hope this helps.
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