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There is no excuse for losing 50% of anything. Didn't you ever hear of going to cash when the market begins to decline?

No matter where you put your money, you need to pay attention to your holdings, re-evaluate your positions daily, and do not hesitate to go to cash if things get bad.

Taking a "set it and forget it" attitude towards your holdings in the market is a recipe for further disaster. You might start with http://www.investinganswers.com/dictionary. Then get a copy of O'Neil's book "How to Make Money in Stocks" http://www.amazon.com/How-Make-Money-Stocks-Winning/dp/00716.... This explains CANSLIM, which is a good strategy. Then look at the Mechanical Investing Board to learn their techniques.

That is good for a start.
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