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I have the option of buying company stock in my 401k or discounted after-tax, and I do neither. This is despite the fact that I have ample income, funds for investment, no consumer debt and my company stock has been a fabulous investment (in fact, it is apparently a favorite of Warren Buffett). Its simply a matter of risk control on my part. There are a lot of investment opportunities out there, and all but this one are not correlated to my paycheck. Some day, I might choose to buy discounted after-tax stock, but I'm not ready to now in part because I tend to buy beaten down stocks and my company's stock is flying. However, I may never buy any.

You have to decide what you feel comfortable with. I'm not comfy with it, so I don't. If you do, great; buy some, but don't go overboard.

As an aside, by the time the gurus are talking about a stock, the fattest profits have already been made. I'd look elsewhere just on that count, but that's just me.
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