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Thanks for all of your comments and suggestions! I am forwarding all on to my cousin for consideration. In my mind, the "do nothing" option suggested by JABoa makes a lot of sense. After learning more, I have found some amazing Foolishness in how my aunt managed to accumulate her $235,000 portfolio. She did nothing!

In 1969, she inherited 100 shares (I think it was 100) of T when one of her aunts passed away. She didn't know alot about finances, but must have figured that T was a solid investment so she just held on to it for 30 years. After spin-offs and splits, she has a portfolio of about 10 high-flying telecommunications stocks that gained around 100% in the last year. Amazing. And this was from an investment that she started when she was already 60 years old!

I have been using the Rule Maker method of investing for several years with a big chunk of my personal portfolio. It is nice to see a real example of what can happen when buying good companies and patiently watching them grow. I wonder what will become of 100 shares of MSFT purchased today and simply held for 30 years?

Thanks again for the input. I doubt I could have gotten nearly as sound of advice from the Wise.

DoubtingThomas
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