In this edition of The Motley Fool's "Ask a Fool" series, Motley Fool One analyst Jason Moser takes a question from a reader who asks: "I bought 500 shares of AAMRQ (NASDAQOTH:AAMRQ) approximately three months ago. Will I recover any additional shares over the next four months or should I be writing this under the 'Dumbest Investment I've ever Made'?"

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