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  • how Citigroup (NYSE: C  ) will rise to $20 by year's end.

Investors come in varieties about as different as peanut butter and fried eggs. While we're all looking for investing opportunities in the market, each individual investor has a different composite of investing style, risk level, and "stomach-ability" for his or her investments.

Remember the last time your uncle told you about an investment he made ... and you cringed? Or maybe you have a friend whose fine collection of The Wall Street Journal and Money Magazine is always proudly displayed on his coffee table (everyone knows one!). Maybe you yourself can't go anywhere without your HP-12 financial calculator. It's hard not to make observations about what investors are like. Now you can win a prize for sharing those humorous insights.

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Let's hear those investor stereotypes in the comments box below!

Katrina Chan owns shares of Apple but none of the other companies mentioned in this article. She also thought -- after writing it -- that maybe peanut butter and fried eggs might make a good flavor combination. Google is a Rule Breakers recommendation, and Apple is a Stock Advisor pick. The Fool has a disclosure policy that's hip to investor-speak.


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  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 8:08 AM, llohmann wrote:

    Say, what's that about C?

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 8:20 AM, neskolf wrote:

    How can the greatest stereotype of an investor of all time not be Gordon Gecko? He is to the protrayal of investors what Michaelangelo's David is to the portrayal of the human form: a breath-taking testament that will beguile obeservers for centuries to come.

    The smoothly slicked back hair, the robust suspenders, the ability to immediately discern 'a dog with fleas' while marching purposefully on a treadmill, and of course, the mantra. You know, the mantra. Say it with me: Greed...is...good.

    Gordon was not only the epitome of the stereotype of the investor. He was the epitome of a stereotype itself: a humorously (in the classical Greek tragi-comedic sense) exaggerated caricature with just enough truth woven throughout to make him the perfect symbol of the dollar jockey.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 8:22 AM, cluelesinvestmnt wrote:

    Buy one stock that somebody (the office know it all maybe) has told you will make a fortune and put everything that you have (plus money that you borrow from the inlaws into it). Then the day this stock loses value bail out as quickly as possible and take what money is left and invest it again in the same sotck because it is now an even better bargain! This is a true investor stereotype and also someone that plays powerball with the food money. Dreaming may be free and without risk but investing is not!

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 8:23 AM, cluelesinvestmnt wrote:

    what was that about C again??

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 8:26 AM, conwayguy2001x wrote:

    Given the criteria, especially your Sirius comment, and the feedback you typically get, I'm certain to win since no one would dare post a comment on here for a chance to win a free year of MF Stock Advisor considering that would be breaking their own previous long standing string of comments about how HORRIBLE MF is, how they now nothing and are part of the conspiracy!

    Hhhmmm, this should be interesting...let's see if the 'Stop picking on Sirius, you don't know" stereotype applies to win!

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 8:59 AM, savage50 wrote:

    You might be an investor if:

    You would comment on this board to win a newsletter.

    You laugh at the notion that it was only the banks that caused the financial crisis.

    You believe that capitalist companies can produce more efficiently than government.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 9:05 AM, tubavestor wrote:

    you might be an investor if the winter of 2008 filled you with hope until you realized you don't have enough cash in your account to buy everything you want, you watch with utter despair as the market rises and every one of your picks gains with less of your ownership than you'd like, you go through what-if scenarios involving ISRG & your margin account before beating yourself soundly for entertaining such BAD idea, and you occasionally have daydreams about a time machine and BNI (which you would have bought if you'd thought of it, really!) or MVL (which, let's be honest, you wouldn't have, since you *still* don't understand it)

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 9:28 AM, tcvdavid wrote:

    My favorite is the Cocktail Party investor. They hear about a great stock idea from someone at a party, not knowing anything about the company of the qualifications of the person making the recommendation. They plunk down a few grand to purchase this company with no earnings or prospect of ever making money and wonder why it's a Zero shortly after they purchase it. These are the same people that never studied for tests in school and wondered why they didn't get an "A". Investing is not gambling...do your homework!

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 9:30 AM, WizardofMe wrote:

    My absolute favorite investor stereotype is successfully mocked in the movie Trading Places. I love seeing people running all over the trading floor, buying and selling, selling and buying, spending all this pent up energy and for what...concentrated orange juice! Randolph and Mortimer should be proud.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 9:56 AM, OutofFavor wrote:

    Boiler Room was very unbelievable, but very true, unfortunately.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 10:32 AM, sp84 wrote:

    The one thing required by all investors is just a little bit of luck. However, the more the research you do, the less the luck you need!

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 10:35 AM, aggie9711 wrote:

    You have your own personal, super secret, custom designed, Excel spreadsheet stock screener. That you guard with your life.

    You think Maria Bartiromo would be your perfect wife.

    You know how to calculate a PEG and a compound interest rate in your head.

    You think Jim Cramer needs to take some downers.

    Your home page is the Motley Fool :)

    You are cool and calm as your portfolio drops 40% in a recession because you did you homework, life is long, and you are patient.

    You have every stock quoting tool in the IPhone App Store.

    You think a solid dividend is sexy.

    You calculate every action in your life based on the time value of money.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 10:51 AM, golfer121501 wrote:

    You might be an investor if:

    Each time you hear about a new, potentially exciting stock you run out to see its CAPS rating and start doing more research. You decide you like the stock and give it a thumbs up on CAPS. After thinking about the stock all night you decide you want to add it to your real portfolio. A day after you do this, the stock market crashes and instead pulling out of everything, you get excited to be looking for new opportunities.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:33 AM, calmingstorm wrote:

    You might be an investor if you go out with your friends for dinner and you listen to your friends talk about the value of relationships and how their children are growing and how they can disappoint them at times but they know they will gain strength and grow one day and you chime in and say, " Yea that is the hope for all my children."

    Your friends stop talking and look at you funny and say,

    "I didn't know you had kids."

    You say, Why yes! Citigroup, Spectra Energy, Diago and Ford are just a few of my kids names. They have been bad lately but there growing up stronger everyday.;)

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:34 AM, calmingstorm wrote:

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  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:40 AM, Drymp wrote:

    I cannot believe how cheap that stock is. We could make billions.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 12:02 PM, davejh23 wrote:

    I was having dinner in a restaurant in Bentonville, AK a couple years ago and our waitress was talking our ears off about how she used to be an analyst on Wallstreet, and how her options strategy earns her 5% every day. This was in late 2007, so if she had $10K invested at the time and was reinvesting all those earnings, I'm sure she's a trillionaire by now...so, I've had the richest person in the world wait on me...what does that make me? This year especially has led many investors to believe that they're brilliant investors because they've had a short successful run. There's lots of bragging about how "I've moved my retirement date up by 15 years...", even though account balances are still FAR below 2007 levels. You might be an investor if you project short runs of success over your entire life and envision retirement with 100's of millions...

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 12:25 PM, CoastalTrader wrote:

    On the day you pick up some AAPL @ 83.11, some NFLX @ 35.00 and some MVL @ 24.00, you phone your brother to tell him all about your investments and he says, "Dude! I recommend you sell everything now while you still can!"

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 12:27 PM, CoastalTrader wrote:

    On the day you pick up some AAPL @ 83.11, some NFLX @ 35.00 and some MVL @ 24.00, you phone your brother to tell him all about your investments and he says, "Dude! I recommend you sell everything now while you still can!"

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 12:54 PM, 123spot wrote:

    YMBanI if:

    You've lost your life's savings twice in 10 years while patiently holding on and averaging in

    And now you feel like the patsy who has gotten 60% of it back again

    Have spent months of your life analysing MF ideas and lurking on GoodVibes CIL

    Slowly drawing the conclusion that you're being played by the guys on the floor, the guys at the banks and the girls in your government

    Like a kid at the carnival who will never win the big blue bear

    Charlie running again at the ball Lucy holds while she grins

    You take two thirds of your toys and you put them away

    Then buy 50 shares of your 30 best idea company choices, 1/3 of a position at a time

    Don't look back for the next 9 years while you LIVE, investing fully in that

    You'll win the game and you'll be a man, my son

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 12:58 PM, lctycoon wrote:

    You Might Be an Investor If...

    You think of how hot your girlfriend would look if she was wrapped up in Berkshire Hathaway stock!

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 2:22 PM, IU2007 wrote:

    Pick Me!

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 3:36 PM, PhulishMortal wrote:

    (Pardon me if this is a double-post. I got an error the first time I submitted it.)

    Let's see, now. Investor stereotypes, eh? How about these:

    The Speculator:

    Thinks in terms of price targets and with a timeline measured in, at most, weeks.

    Tip-off catchphrase: "This baby will hit 30 by the end of January!"

    The Optimist:

    If wishes were dollars, he wouldn't need to invest at all.

    Tip-off catchphrase: "Yes, it's a little beaten down, but profits are bound to go up! All it would take for it to come back is government intervention/government hands-off/direct meteor strikes on all competitors."

    The Pessimist:

    Loves to short-sell, even though he loses almost every time.

    Tip-off catchphrase: "I can't believe people are paying this much for that stock; this is easy money!"

    The Fundamental Investor:

    Reads 10-Qs and SC 13G/As to his children at bedtime.

    Tip-off catchphrase: "The high free cash flow negates the pulldown of the long-term debt overload, but the PEG ratio and MRQ still give pause. I think the best strategy for . . . this . . . this . . . I've forgotten what we were talking about."

    (This is me, except for the reading financial stuff to the kids part. Or, for that matter, the "understanding the fundamentals" part.)

    The Technical Investor:

    Recognizable from the multi-color glare on his face from the five computer monitors displaying thirty graphs apiece.

    Tip-off catchphrase: "We plot the resistance level against the Fibonnacci retracement ratios, cross-reference it to the candlestick-bar tick-out, divide by Avogadro's number, and re-plot THAT on a logarithmic scale with a splash of Bernoulli distribution and a twist of lemon and, voila! A picture of Donald Duck! Or a sell threshold! I'm not sure which."

    The Day-trader:

    Capable of firing off multiple trade orders in a matter of seconds with no direct input from his cerebrum. Twitch, twitch, twitch.

    Tip-off catchphrase: "Buy! Sell! Buy! Sell! Buy! Buy! Sell! Buysell! Sellbuy! Sell-by date! Bison! Cellar! Medic!"

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 4:02 PM, daveshouston wrote:

    You're hoping someone with all the answers will simply tell you how to get rich and sooner rather than later. There's a guy at work who tells you that his Uncle Fred has put his money with professional money managers and his holdings have been doubling every year for the past four or five years.

    You ask for the name and phone number of Uncle Fred's professional manager(s).

    The answer comes back: "There are actually two professional managers making Uncle Fred Rich. One of them is a gentleman who used to run NASDAQ named Bernie Madoff. You know he's well connected. The other is a guy in Houston named Allen Stanford who has a lot of offshore interests.

    I'll get you both phone numbers on Monday."

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 5:28 PM, DargFool wrote:

    You might be an investor if you look at your empty wallet and say, "What happened to my Free Cash Flow?"

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 5:29 PM, meenyoo wrote:

    The comments are fun to read, and can be as informative as the articles, though sometimes I wonder what the contributors have been smoking...

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 5:58 PM, blesto wrote:

    You Might Be an Investor If...

    You believe that good luck is

    when preparation meets opportunity.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 6:32 PM, TimelessOne wrote:

    You follow the herd.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 6:33 PM, TimelessOne wrote:

    You follow the herd enough to be branded...

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 6:48 PM, richie54 wrote:

    You might be a good investor if you believe luck is the residue of hard work. Investing is very hard work.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 8:22 PM, joelrwhite wrote:

    You might be an investor...

    ... to pass time waiting in line at the grocery store you recite companies by their ticker.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 8:24 PM, joelrwhite wrote:

    You might be an investor...

    ...when you gift wrap using pages from the Wall Street Journal.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 8:29 PM, joelrwhite wrote:

    You might be an investor...

    ...when you get bent out of shape that a family member pays for 12b-1 fees in a mutual fund.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 8:37 PM, xetn wrote:

    You might be an investor if you would rather go to Wall Street than Las Vegas.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 8:39 PM, xetn wrote:

    You might be an investor if you would rather go to Wall Street than Las Vegas.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 8:40 PM, joelrwhite wrote:

    You might be an investor...

    ...when you feel romantic in February after reviewing a favorable 10-k report.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 8:55 PM, guru111melbourne wrote:

    You might be an investor if....

    1) The credit crunch got you back on your feet...because you have to walk now.

    2) Your penny stock made you a small fortune...albeit you had a large fortune to begin with.

    3) You go from optimistic to pessimistic, switching all your investments, during the 'lightning round'.

    and/or

    4) You know more about a company than the CEO as he can't 'see the future' quite as clearly as you.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 9:01 PM, guru111melbourne wrote:

    You might be an investor if...

    1) The credit crunch helped you get back on your feet...you're walking to work now.

    2) You switch from optimism to pessimism during the 'lightning round'.

    3) You have more insights into where the company is going than the CEO.

    4) You made yourself a small fortune...albeit out of a large fortune.

    and/or

    5) You thought about posting and trying to get a free subscription; given you have about the same odds as your penny stock taking off.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 9:23 PM, jerryguru69 wrote:

    You brag at a cocktail party that your portfolio is sure to outperform BRK-A this year.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 9:29 PM, stephencmyers wrote:

    You might be an investor if ...

    You would rather post messages on The Fool rather than on Facebook or Twitter!

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 9:43 PM, asalomone wrote:

    Every good investor finds out about a new stock from some source, whether it's Motley Fool, a co-worker, or some guy off the street.

    So you go and do your research - the company looks relatively good. Then you check Motley Fool CAPS...what's this? Only 3 stars? Well there must be a reason for that.

    So let's do some more research.

    Well MSN Money gives it a Stock Scouter rating of 7...hmmmmmm...above average return for below average risk?! Well that seems like a statement I can stand behind. And with an ROE of 20%, well this one's got to be a winner. But wait...their ROA is only 5%, what's with the discrepancy? Hmmm...let's do some more research. Yahoo Finance here we come!

    Ahh, I see, they've got a debt/equity ratio of .7 - they must be pumping up their balance sheet with debt. But, it does show in the sector profile that that's normal for the industry.

    I'll sleep on it for the night.....

    4 weeks later...

    Oh man, the stock's shot up 10 points! I have to jump in on this!

    1 week later....

    Okay, well the stock's down slightly, but I've done my homework and I'm in this for the long haul.

    2 weeks later...

    Hmm, down a little more, what gives?

    6 months later...

    The stock went bankrupt 2 months ago, but it was a useful exercise and will inform what I do next time.

    "The Buy and Hold Economy..."

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 10:27 PM, TheLudicFallacy wrote:

    You might be and investor if-

    - you ignore the media hype and focus on the companies performance, risks, fundamentals, leadership and prospects.

    -you engage in spirited discussions of the pro's and cons of a given investment opportunity and am open to opposing points of view.

    - are willing to admit when you are wrong.

    -are always learning.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 10:38 PM, TheLudicFallacy wrote:

    You might be an investor if-

    -you avoid market hype and base your decisions on sound fundamentals, prospects, and leadership.

    -you engage in spirited discussion with with those who both oppose and support your views

    - you learn from those who oppose and support your views.

    -you are willing to admit when you are wrong.

    -you get informed opinions and guidance.

    -you avoid impulse buys and engage in do diligence.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 10:38 PM, TheLudicFallacy wrote:

    You might be an investor if-

    -you avoid market hype and base your decisions on sound fundamentals, prospects, and leadership.

    -you engage in spirited discussion with with those who both oppose and support your views

    - you learn from those who oppose and support your views.

    -you are willing to admit when you are wrong.

    -you get informed opinions and guidance.

    -you avoid impulse buys and engage in do diligence.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 10:38 PM, TheLudicFallacy wrote:

    You might be an investor if-

    -you avoid market hype and base your decisions on sound fundamentals, prospects, and leadership.

    -you engage in spirited discussion with with those who both oppose and support your views

    - you learn from those who oppose and support your views.

    -you are willing to admit when you are wrong.

    -you get informed opinions and guidance.

    -you avoid impulse buys and engage in do diligence.

  • Report this Comment On December 15, 2009, at 11:59 PM, Sorni wrote:

    You bought 10,000 shares of PoopyDoop Mining because some spam e-mail made it thru your filters. Hey they were only 4.1 cents each (now 0.000001)...

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 12:01 AM, BFH300a wrote:

    You might be an investor if---someone wants to pay $$250,000 to have lunch with you! And that still doesn't include your meal!

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 4:02 AM, chaz572 wrote:

    If someone asks you, "Hey, you own a Toyota, right?", and you make them clarify, "What, a car or a share?", you might just be an investor.

    You might be an investor if you start getting real work done at 1:01PM Pacific Time each workday.

    If you've placed more orders with E*Trade in the last month than you have at all the restaurants you've visited in that time combined, you might just be an investor.

    If during the Superbowl, you hear, "Play option fake", and ask, "Is that a buy or a write?", you might just be an investor.

    If when your secretary says, "Call waiting for you", you check the calendar to see if it's the third Friday of the month, you might just be an investor.

    You might be an investor if you're on the beach, someone compliments you on your shorts, and you say, "Negative equity; it really was a no-brainer..."

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 6:38 AM, foolasia wrote:

    What are my fave stereotypes of an Investor? First off, Investor is such a loaded word. The only time people mention that they are an investor is when they make money from their own investments or when they are selling investment advice. You never hear from the former when they lose money. For that reason, when you mention you're an investor people automatically assume you must be making money since now you're confident enough to tell people you invest and happily share investment advice. In both instances, the Investor is spewing investment advice because it is easier to give it than to follow it. Afterall, a true Investor would be too busy like buffett BEING an investor.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 11:41 AM, miteycasey wrote:

    You Might Be an Investor If...

    you listen to people making market calls and ask yourself what's the vested interest in making that call.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 11:58 AM, caltex1nomad wrote:

    If you bought stocks in 2008 instead of sold them.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 12:00 PM, Brainstorm2377 wrote:

    You might be an "investor" if:

    1. "Patient" means nothing to you outside of a hospital

    2. You've gotten less sleep since Thanksgiving than Tiger Woods.

    3. You quit betting on slots,sports, the racetrack, and poker to "go where the REAL action is"

    4. You think this is funny

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 12:04 PM, DivMonk wrote:

    You might be an investor if...

    -You consider your purchases in units of shares instead of dollars.

    "This tv only costs 6 shares of KO... not bad."

    -When you go out to eat at a restaurant, you find yourself wondering about the cash flow of the place, their expenses, what their profit margin might be, and most importantly, what moat they have against Chili's across the street.

    -You bought stock in March.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 1:01 PM, GramBrad wrote:

    You might be an investor if you listen to only half of what you are told and take the time to do your "own" homework.,

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 1:01 PM, SuperchargedMR2 wrote:

    You'd rather buy LVS than go to an actual casino!

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 1:04 PM, Fool wrote:

    You used to pay for AOL internet by the hour, when you should have been buying there stock.

    You were on AOL when they had the World Wide Web under constructions.

    and you still not 30.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 2:46 PM, aggiewes wrote:

    you might be an investor if:

    you have one beat all stock. You know the one stock that was your first investing choice, and that you will hold until the company ends up in bankruptcy court. example everyone that still had GM.

    You spend more than 40 hours a week on fool.com

    you let a three year old kid throw darts at a balloons with stocks on them and which ever stock it hit is the one that you buy.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 2:47 PM, aggiewes wrote:

    you might be an investor if:

    you have one beat all stock. You know the one stock that was your first investing choice, and that you will hold until the company ends up in bankruptcy court. example everyone that still had GM.

    You spend more than 40 hours a week on fool.com

    you let a three year old kid throw darts at a balloons with stocks on them and which ever stock it hit is the one that you buy.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 3:15 PM, RGGrass wrote:

    You might be an investor if you only know how to buy stocks for value and have never sold them.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 4:32 PM, 1232152314235 wrote:

    You might be an Investor if you know you have money somewhere but somehow nobody really knows where the money went and only a representative value is left.

  • Report this Comment On December 16, 2009, at 4:32 PM, 1232152314235 wrote:

    You might be an Investor if you know you have money somewhere but somehow nobody really knows where the money went and only a representative value is left.

  • Report this Comment On December 17, 2009, at 1:04 PM, sid2286 wrote:

    1. You talk to your broker more than your parents.

    2. You are praying for the recession to be a double dip so you can buy the stocks you want at a discount. (I know I am.)

    3. You remember the day your first child was born... MO gained 3 points and declared a dividend. Good times, if only there hadn't been so much screaming and crying.

  • Report this Comment On December 17, 2009, at 8:21 PM, goalie37 wrote:

    You might be an investor if you scream and turn the tv off when "Fast Money" comes on.

  • Report this Comment On December 18, 2009, at 2:44 PM, JohnQuill wrote:

    You Might Be a GOOD Investor If ...

    You're "on track" to retire by age forty (or have done so already), you have a substantial portfolio of both Dividend and Growth stocks, you have other assets in at least three separate financial institutions, and you're paying all of your life's expenses out of your "Sweep Account," which incidentally, in 2009 continues to accrue more Interest than any Checking, Savings, or even Certificate of Deposit available at any Bank.

    But you're an even BETTER investor ...

    When you realize that you should never take investing advice from someone who is still working.

    But only the BEST Investors ultimately realize that ...

    The only truly secure investment which cannot be lost in life is time and money spent creating wonderful memories with those people you love.

  • Report this Comment On December 18, 2009, at 2:49 PM, JohnQuill wrote:

    You Might Be a GOOD Investor If ...

    You're "on track" to retire by age forty (or have done so already), you have a substantial portfolio of both Dividend and Growth stocks, you have other assets in at least three separate financial institutions, and you're paying all of your life's expenses out of your "Sweep Account," which in 2009 incidentally continues to accrue more Interest than any Checking, Savings, or even Certificate of Deposit available at any Bank.

    But you're an even BETTER investor ...

    When you realize that you should never take investing advice from someone who is still working.

    But only the BEST Investors also ultimately realize that ...

    The only truly secure investment which cannot be lost in life is time and money spent creating wonderful memories with those people you love.

  • Report this Comment On December 18, 2009, at 5:01 PM, JohnQuill wrote:

    (sorry for the duplicate posting: it didn't show up for five minutes, so I posted again, and I don't see any way to remove comments. It seems that this is a pervasive problem here, and also on Youtube, etc.)

  • Report this Comment On December 19, 2009, at 5:17 PM, chrisboswell wrote:

    You might be an investor if

    one of your fictional heroes is

    Midas Mulligan, who famously said to a reporter:

    "The reason you will never be rich is because you think that what I do is gambling."

    Surely someone like that would be right at home among the investors at the Motley Fool.

    Plus, you gotta like someone with the temerity to have their first name changed to Midas.

  • Report this Comment On December 20, 2009, at 10:53 AM, strongdollar wrote:

    You might be an investor if

    You are frustrated that you have to maintain 40% equity in your margin account while your neighbor only has to maintain 10% equity in his house.

  • Report this Comment On December 20, 2009, at 11:39 AM, RLAprof wrote:

    You might be an investor if...

    Your Sunday morning ritual includes coffee, a danish, and the Motley Fool.

  • Report this Comment On December 20, 2009, at 8:24 PM, 1022ThirdAvenue wrote:

    You are an investor if:

    You recollect that age-old adage that in casinos the house always wins; but,

    (1) you play consistently in a conservative manner, being willing to fold when necessary;

    (2) you bet consistently in a conservative manner; and,

    (3) you never leave the house with less money than you had when you went in.

    Use this recipe and you will always beat the house.

  • Report this Comment On December 22, 2009, at 12:48 PM, theHedgehog wrote:

    You Might NOT be an Investor if you're an Indexer, but you make more money that most "real" investors, so who cares?

  • Report this Comment On December 22, 2009, at 1:11 PM, plange01 wrote:

    both disgraced and bankrupt GM and chrysler will fail in 2010. another giant disaster by obama with his ridiculous pre packaged bankruptcys that cost billions more of taxpayers money...

  • Report this Comment On December 22, 2009, at 1:29 PM, NOTvuffett wrote:

    I'm not an investor, I am a stock market daredevil, lol. I bought $17k of stock yesterday, and I don't even know why. One has a crappy balance sheet and bad technical indicators and the other I just don't know enough about to risk money.

  • Report this Comment On December 22, 2009, at 1:38 PM, miteycasey wrote:

    You might be an investor if:

    You spend more time reading Berkshire Hathaway's annual report than the Bible.

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