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Hi, Nadine. I'll try to help.

First, if you are a subscriber to Stock Advisor, please be aware this is a public discussion board. Your service has proprietary boards that can be found by selecting the service from the My Services menu at the top of this page, then selecting the Community tab.

The rest of these I will speak using general non-service-specific terms.

There is no single way to use the premium services. An advisory service like Stock Advisor recommends more companies than one Fool can possibly own. My personal suggestion (and note that I am not offering investing advice) is to look first at the Best Buy Now recommendations that are also Starter Stock companies, followed by the remaining Best Buy Now recommendations, and then the remaining Starter Stock companies. This will help you build a solid SA portfolio.

On the question of how many stocks to own, I'm the wrong person to ask. If you look at my Disclosure link below, you'll see I own over 100 positions. I've been at it for 20+ years though. But first, I want you to not think of it in terms of owning stocks but investing in companies. And the question I think you should ask yourself is how many companies can I reasonably follow, to be able to remember what they do, how they do it, and what their growth strategy is.

Tom and David Gardner often recommend a Fool own at least 15-20 positions in order to achieve decent diversification, but that can be a goal if you are starting with limited cash, and it's not a maximum if you want to expand your portfolio further.

As to whether you add onto an existing position or open a new one, I would encourage you to build a Buy Watchlist in which you identify companies in which you have high conviction and would buy or add to if and when the market offers a discount opportunity. Then when that opportunity comes along, like this past week for many companies, you are all set and ready to go.

I am not an expert on 403b and TSP accounts, but I believe they are indepenent of each other. I would encourage you to go to the 401k discussion board for advice and ask for AJ85:

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