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My portfolio is crammed with individual small caps, mostly companies with a market cap in the range of a few hundred million, some under a hundred million. Although this adds a certain amount of volatility and illiquidity, the returns have been pretty good and I have not been clobbered as the markets tanked, in large part because I am a complete skinflint about valuation. I would not touch GE or any of the other corporate titans out there with a 10 foot pole.

The other "investment" I have made is in DW's start-up career counseling business. She is finally done wading through red tape (about 6 months' worth) and has just started bring in a few clients. Our actual cash outlay has only been a few thousand; the real investment is the opportunity cost of her paychecks. The returns are already coming: a small amount of money (hopefully more later), total control of her own schedule, a sustainable pace career that she will be happy to do for the rest of her life, and (for her) feelings of accomplishment as things move along.
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