Friday, February 26, 1999

A Teenage Fool


As a 16-year-old, I've gladly foregone the car, the prom dress, and the latest fad. Why? To invest in the stock market. My friends call it "foolishness" and I am inclined to agree.

Over the summer I got a job and gradually saved up enough money to invest about $4000. I went to a stock-trading workshop and read up on stocks. In my search for reading material, I stumbled upon a Motley Fool book and everything clicked. I invested in Foolish Four stocks and I'm looking to expand my portfolio.

"What do you do with your money?" my friends ask. I tell them I spend it Foolishly. They wonder why I don't get something useful with the cash, like their beat-up used cars that look like they are about ready to sputter out. I watch as they put more and more money into these piles of junk to impress everyone. I chuckle to myself, link up to the Fool, and plan my next investment strategy.

Oh, it's great to be a Fool!

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