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Does it irk you that $1000 doesn't even buy *10* shares of MSFT, or *3* shares of YHOO, for that matter? $1K is a lot of money... well, maybe more so for those of us who are just starting out. Maybe it would be better to think in these terms: $1000 would buy 20 shares of G at $50.

I'd like to think that being young and having 401K, Roth IRA, and savings puts me ahead of the game, but I feel like a failure when all I can buy is a few shares of something. Isn't this the way EVERYONE starts, though? (Trust fund babies aside!)

I feel bad when I save $2K for my Roth (which really does take me all year), and then buy "8 shares" or "12 shares" or "16 shares" of something. Once when I went into my broker's office to fill out papers, I heard a guy trading "3,000 shares" of a big company. Whoa!

I guess I will just have to wait decades to add more and hope they will split and split and split. Not to mention watching the dividends pile up. And that's another thing. I am proud when I have just an extra $50/mo. to send into my KO DRP, but when I realize that $50 purchases LESS THAN 1 SHARE, I get discouraged again.

I just wonder what an "average" portfolio looks like. How long will it take to have "hundreds" of this and "thousands" of that if I buy and hold? I know this is not really answerable, but... your thoughts?

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