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I don't get why everybody feels the need to own ONLY individual stocks, especially when first starting out. What makes the most sense to me is to own a US (for Americans) SP500 or Total Market Index Fund, then parcel out proportions to individual stocks you really believe will outperform the market. You also can keep your asset allocation with whatever % in stocks without having to concentrate early or hold too much cash until you find a basket of stocks you believe in.

But, having to start investing with 10+ "great ideas" seems pretty daunting.
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