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Hello all,

New stock investor here. Or to be more precise, a "renewed" stock investor. While I have a degree in finance and a 14 year career in a related field, I have very little experience investing in equities. My work is mostly people management in a financial environment. I more or less spent the last 14 years working hard, starting a family, and digging out of a debt hole thanks to poor life choices. I lost an enormous amount of money in the Great Recession thanks to pride and panic and vowed to invest in nothing but my tax advantaged retirement account until I was debt free again. I know I missed out on a ton of growth doing it that way, but it was a personal decision to check my behavior. Now I'm completely debt free, including 2 properties, have a job I love, and am ready to start investing again. I've maxed out my tax advantaged retirement contributions and they are on cruise control. I plan to keep investing a fixed amount there regardless of any other factors. My goal now with equities is simply wealth building for our future and my kids' future. This is on top of what I would already consider a very good retirement plan. I'm 37yo.

I opened a brokerage account and spent the last couple weeks putting a lot of time into re-learning many of the concepts I used to know and learning from others. I like TMF's philosophy and I'm ready to start. I've made a few small investments already but will be jumping in more substantially over the coming months. I've read from SaulR80683 and others that it's wise to never wait for the 'right opportunity' to take a starting position.

Given these extraordinary times of volatility, would it still be wise to jump in now? My hunch is yes because if the question were asked on March 23rd, I like to think it would have been a no brainer to start. But today is May 31st.

If you would dive right in, what would your strategy be? I'm not requesting specific stock advice. I can do that research on my own, but would you follow the TMF suggestion of 15-20 stocks immediately or carefully select 5 for example that could weather a storm if we do see a 2nd wave pandemic drop, but still outperform the market in the future if that wave never comes?
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