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meast1,

Good luck your journey into investing. It can be frustrating, and it can be fascinating, but your results will generally depend on how much time and effort you're going to put into it.


I won't comment on the companies you've already invested in, because I don't know anything about them. However, you've probably started in a good spot, this being the "value investing" message board.

This website offers some very interesting tools, the best of which is "Fool's School", which you can access from the top of the home page or:

http://www.fool.com/school.htm?ref=G02A06

Let me also suggest a couple of books that can give you a very good introduction to investing.


"One Up on Wall Street" by Peter Lynch -- a well regarded investment manager gives an enthusiastic introduction to investing -- especially knowing what you're investing in.

"The Intelligent Investor" by Benjamin Graham. It's an older book, it may look to be a little daunting, but it's well worth it. The ideas he set forth in the first half of the 20th century still hold true today, about finding what a company is worth and not overpaying for it. (Some call this -- buying a dollar for .50 cents.)

Good luck and don't get frustrated on your first time out, investing is a lifelong pursuit.

-Steve
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