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Investing changes lives.

Tom Gardner tells a story about being in a grocery store with his dad, who decided which brand of pudding to buy based on which company he owned shares in. That was Tom's first exposure to investing, and it built not only financial freedom for him, but a whole company dedicated to helping everyone achieve financial freedom.

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  • Report this Comment On September 05, 2012, at 10:22 AM, OodieWatcharin wrote:

    I was given physical scrips of delisted JAL 2 years ago and lost it. Is there a way to lay claims to my lot?

  • Report this Comment On September 05, 2012, at 12:04 PM, ffbj wrote:

    Investing allowed me to purchase a video camera which I used to make a video of how investing changed my life and then I won $5,000 in the Motley Fool video contest of how investing changed my life. Just a little speculation there.

    Fun contest. Thanks.

  • Report this Comment On September 06, 2012, at 8:46 PM, djnoise wrote:

    Investing ruined my life. I'm deep-depressed, I'm hungry, I have no wife, I have nothing, only troubles.

  • Report this Comment On September 07, 2012, at 9:55 AM, dishum wrote:

    Investing is not very good for me... I started with 200.00, without knowing myself pumped upto 50K into it, slowly without much plan, diversified to more than 40 stocks... most of it are losses... I used to buy by momentum and on the profit, now I realized many but money is stuck, can't do much... if I want to get out and start again... scared of losing that money too...I recently started short... as I am always wrong on long side... this also happens to be in wrong place with lot of losing side... initially made 3K from 10 short trades, later lost all in one trade... Wasting lot of time on this, ... I should have chosen something... but feel good that I am learning, but it costed me more than 20K... I have to wait n see...

  • Report this Comment On September 07, 2012, at 4:08 PM, moosemagic wrote:

    The stock market is taylored for the rich people and guys like me have almost no chance of succeeding. Example I own a few thousand shares of the abc co and its stockd gains 1.00 on any given day. Now, lucky me I can sell my stock with this !.00 gain and of course pay my broker his share. So lo and behold I have gained a couple of thousand dollars. Now when the priceof my stock drops I buy it back and again pay my broker for doing this. Now lets look at the rich people, the ceo of anywhere that has the same stock that I have BUT he has several million shares So he sells 500,000.of his shares, and he goes out and buys himself a new Ferrari. Then just like me he waits for his stock to drop and he buys it back.And, please don't mention his broker fee to me. To him it means nothing, absolutely nothing. So explain to me where and how this is fair. The only fair market would be one for investors with under 1 million and a market for the rich to feed off of each other. But then I guess they wouldn't like that would they.

  • Report this Comment On September 08, 2012, at 6:39 PM, drakikutya wrote:

    Investing is one of my favorite hobbies, what is a lot of fun and it worked out very well for me. Since I am retired I enjoy spending time to read all your newsletters and e-mails, I select a few what I want to buy from your recommendations, I do my on research on them, then I buy a few. I am very careful with my selection and I always buy with limit order, hopefully a little cheaper than the actual price. I hold them for long term. I have a hard time selling something on what I lose, I rather sell something on what I made a good gain and I see, that the stock is very high. In fact, I think, that the stock market is very high right now, so I am afraid to invest at this moment, even if I have more cash, than I think I should have. I sold half of my PHI with good gain even before you recommended it, then I sold the other half later.

  • Report this Comment On September 08, 2012, at 8:30 PM, bobbyk1 wrote:

    The stock market is geared to allow the little guy to succeed.Why would I say that?I never have a problem accumulating shares or selling shares.How many actively traded funds beat the SP500?15%?I dont have investors to answer to.Most funds are weighted or are just closet index funds.A little research and Motley Fool have helped me to double SP500.It also takes common sense.I trade my core stocks by buying more on dips and selling the same amount when it bounces back.Retired at 58 and invest as a hobby and of course to make a couple bucks.

  • Report this Comment On September 09, 2012, at 8:13 AM, foolstateofmind wrote:

    By Winning The 5000 dollars I would be able to invest it. Thus showing you how valuableThe 5000 dollars Investment would be.

  • Report this Comment On September 09, 2012, at 6:53 PM, BearFlagFan wrote:

    I have a short-term and long-term story.

    In 1998 I invested $5,000 in a little-known company named Broadcom. I more than doubled my money by mid-1999 and was able to pay cash for what was then a very expensive Lasik surgery, which overnight changed me from 20/400 to 20/15 vision, where it remains to this day. I had a similar experience with Cisco Systems that paid for a few vacations.

    But the better story is my wife and I started investing through a 401(k) in 1986. We have always set aside at least 5%, even when we didn't get matching funds. We are in our early 50s, have ridden the market up and down several times but remained mostly in aggressive stock portfolios.

    According to every retirement guide we've found we should be able to retire at 65 and live out the rest of our life at the same level we live at today, which is comfortable middle class.

    We've had some sad days related to investing, losing significant amounts of money in 2007. Still, without long-term investing in stocks my family's long-term financial future would be in more serious condition.

    My last investment story: My wife and I were married Oct. 17, 1987. We left for a honeymoon in Cancun at a resort that didn't have any phones, newspapers and of course this is pre-Internet. Our then-life savings was in the stock market in a DJIA index fund. On Tuesday, Oct. 20 a Canadian wanders up the beach and says, "Oh, did you hear? The US is broke! Your markets all crashed. Merrill Lynch is gone, out of business." We could not confirm anything until passing through an airport that Thursday, when I grabbed a USA Today to read on the plane to Chichin Itza. Sure enough, the market had fallen 508 points, which was about 25% of its value. But by end of day Thursday, when I was able to check on stock prices, it had rebounded by 300+ points. It taught me to sit tight through rapid declines like that - which helped in 2007.

  • Report this Comment On September 14, 2012, at 3:43 PM, bearbasin wrote:

    Never having been the brightest bulb in the box, was a little slow in getting started but one day when I was about 40 a mutual fund salesman knocked on my door. He was a pro, good story and I handed him a few bucks. After a time it was obvious fees were eating any gains and I said to myself, Self, you can do this and have never looked back.

    Successfully raised my family, put two daughters through college with no loans or debt. Am retired with everything paid for, have nice small vacation home, has been a good life thanks to investing and some luck.

    Some advice here to protesters and occupy people, do not protest 1%ers, join them, buy shares in their companys, take advantage of their skills and expertise, ride their coattails and you will be able to share in the profits and growth.

    Life is good if you give it a chance.

  • Report this Comment On September 14, 2012, at 5:18 PM, gotsurf wrote:

    We have had some tremendous victories and suffered some horrendous losses; however, if you held on; you have more $ now than then! 1992 dow @ 2,000 1995 dow @ 5,000 and 2012 dow @ 13,600! MCi communications came out as a discount phone service in the early 80's and you had to dial 13 #'s to access the long distance # you were calling then you got a scratchy line you could hear every other word, but it was fun and new! Their stock appreciated and became more & more valuable over time! Eventually, they were aquired by Worldcom & Worldcom went BK! A lesson learned, cash in every now & then , play w/ the houses $ and never rely on anything but cash! Cash is king! By the way the greatest returns have come from, #1 Oracle, #2Msft,#3 csco, #4AApl, #5GOOG, so ask yourself , how many brokers called me & said buy ORCL, if none then ask yourself why? All companies have a great story & are the greatest, it comes down to what price you pay to buy them, so yeah apple has some great products w/ a market cap of $600Billion and Revenues of $127.84B whereas Exxon Mobil has a market cap of $399.78B & Revenues of (and get this) $488.53B, so whats the better buy? Bill Gates said himself MSFT is no longer a growth company, w/ a market cap of $261.64B & Revenues of $72.05B, 7 times smaller than Xom, I say go where the money is XOM $488B, WMT $445B, CVX$$236B GE $147.30B , you see how dramatically it drops off and be carefull what price you pay for it! Look @ Facebook, people were and still are so excited they will pay any price just to own it, there are trading ranges, look @ the 52 wk high and low for the trading range, if you like the company & it's @ a 52 week low throw some money at it, I like Rite Aid @ $1.50 , i can get 1,000 shares for $1,510 whereas walgreens and cvs are at $36 & $46 respectively! You can do this & now is the time, in my opinion!

  • Report this Comment On September 14, 2012, at 11:20 PM, cmstripling wrote:

    Deck is stacked against the little guy only for day trading. I'm 27 make 80k a year with a wife and twin boys and have about 50k saved for retirement and my kids college. Average yearly return of 9% since 2006 picking large cap unloved dividend payers. Slow and steady wins the race

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