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Most 401k plans restrict your investments to a limited number of carefully selected funds. A few do allow stock investments but they are rare.

Within your 401k, you can probably use what you learn at TMF to recognize a good performing fund and to decide on an appropriate allocation for your funds.

Investing in stocks can be ok for additional funds. Investing in the long term buy and hold style in a taxable account can work quite well. You pay taxes only when you sell and then at capital gains rates. I have a brokerage account at Fidelity and find they do a very good job. So I suspect you can easily set up a brokerage account at Fidelity, but probably not within your 401k.
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