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I’m not sure it’s 25 shares as much as shares in 25 different companies. If that’s the case, the reason is diversification.

Nobody gets it right 100% of the time. If the only stock you own happens to go belly up, then you’re in a world of trouble. If, on the other hand, 1 or 2 of your portfolio of 25 approximately equally weighted stocks goes belly up, your overall portfolio has a better chance of holding up over time.

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