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Hi Drew,

I did almost the same thing. Here is how my wife and I handle it. I am 45, we make about 100k/year and I opened an account at Scottrade for 2k. Figured out my top three stock choices and bought accordingly. My commission costs were $36 because I purchased them with a limit order.

I have a five year hold plan before I will even look at the stock. So I have zero risk of loss. No risk because it is not possible to lose unless I sell, the companies go bust (I buy bluechips)or the market goes under. And at that point it wouldn't matter anyway, at least not to me.

I buy 100 shares a month. Some go up, some go down. But in the last 14 years I have acquired allot of stock. And I have never sold. Borrowed against it, yes, but never sold...

So, it is up to you. If you want to gamble try the Bellagio in Las Vegas. I like the baccarat table!
Reg...
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