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It is. Don't kid yourself, even $50K is a lot of money to "play" with. If you lost that and had to replenish your savings by having an extra thousand dollars per month taken out of your take home pay for the next four+ years, that would be very painful.


When I was working I'd take $10,000 to "play" with. When my $10,000 got up to ~$15,000 (different market), I'd pull out the $10,000 and leave the $5,000 in the risky investment for a while. I picked up that tip somewhere on TMF and it allowed me to sleep at night.
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