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Hi mhatter
From the text of your question it is obvious you are new to the markets. Asking for someone to tell you what stock you should buy will often translate into losses on your part as you have no idea why you bought the shares some stranger advised.

I'm trained to understand portfolio construction (a retired CFP), having done it for many years professionally. I do hold individual stocks but I spend an inordinate amount of time reading transcripts and analyzing financial statements...for EACH stock....and I'll get it wrong about 10% to 30% of the time, depending on market conditions.

There is no way you're going to 'get it right' other than by pure luck. If you're on a fixed household income and this is not savings you can 'play with', then you have no business...in my humble opinion.....making investments in individual stocks based on what some stranger somewhere says.

Here is my suggestion for you....

Read the Book "A Random Walk Down Wall Street" by Burton Malkiel. Published in the mid 1970s, its message is as meaningful today as it was then. Its a quick read and the book on Amazon is cheap

Read William Bernstein's book "The intelligent asset allocater". At the end of that, you'll know how to allocate among asset classes using index ETFs. It is not a difficult read although it will require a bit of work, but will be worth it in the long run.

Best wishes

BruceM
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