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Hi Craig,

Thanks again for the info...

MI stands for Mechanical Investing. The entry level Board for MI is the Foolish Workshop board. And the advanced board is the Mechanical Investing board (to which I doubt that I ever graduate).

Thanks..I am sorry..I had a senior moment..( I am 56) I though MI was something else...I have read and have prints of the Fool MI data ..I just have to absorb it.. see how it strikes my fancy..

MI provides screens that you can use to select stocks without having to do individual company research. The screen have a fixed period of investment (monthly, quarterly or annually) so that you can also get away from the market timing aspects of investing.

Thanks for the clarification..

MI works for me. May not work for you. (Given your need to investigate AAA rated bonds, I doubt that you would be happy using these investment vehicles.) But it won't cost you anything to check MI out on the Foolish Workshop board.

Heyy.. who knows.. I will invest in some equities for growth.. Have to do more homework ..

Which firm would you suggest that would afford me the most data for Bond purchases.
I hate to recommend such a brokerage as I am not familiar with all that is available. I can only say that among Schwab, TDWaterhouse, Buy&Hold, ETrade, and Fidelity. I would recommend ETrade for research. And again from my limited experience, between TDWaterhouse and ETrade, I believe that ETrade would consistently provide the best value.

Great .. I have to do some more reading.. I don't mind this at ..especially since I will have years and years of time in just 8 days ..!

Please. take my comments for what they are worth. I have not done a recent study of the issue of "best bond prices" and even the one I did 9 months age was limited to TDWaterhouse and ETrade. Bond listing are just starting to become available at the online brokers and all that I know of restrict access to account holders.
Hopefully, bonds will eventually reach the trading status of equities and all the mystery and "excess" commission will disappear. (And I expect that at that time cancer and heart attacks will be ancient history!)

I certainly hope so.. All this mystery and secrecy is not good for us.. I have to next visit my library and do some analysis on the S&P ratings and see who's who..

Thanks again for all of your help.. I sincerely appreciated it !

CU and hope to chat with you in the future..



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