Anyone at TFP invest in the stock market, aside from pension/401k/IRA type investments? Until recently I never directly dabbled in the market. I have a 401k and IRA that I contribute to, but I've never been one to specifically set money aside to invest in particular stocks. Over the course of the last several years I've tried to be more forward thinking about finances than I did when I was younger, including upping 401k participation, specific regular transfers into long term savings, etc. The most recent step I've taken was to pull a small amount of money out of a low interest savings account and set up a brokerage account with it. I take a small amount from each paycheck and have it automatically kicked over into that account as well. So far I've mostly bought and held stocks, with a longer term view in mind. I mainly wanted to see if I could make good choices with casual research, and if it was worth doing on an amateur level using modest sums. So far so good. Overall the Dow is up 1.2% since I started this little experiment. My investments are up 4.1%. All of the stocks I originally bought I have held onto except one. That particular stock I made 5% on in 8 weeks (after trading fees), so I cashed out. It has since fell 2.5% and the stock I bought with that money has already increased in value to exceed my trade fee plus 1%. Now, none of that means very much since these are percentages of stocks I only put a few hundred bucks each in (any less makes the trading fee a not worth it usually). But it has been a learning experience and interesting. As I kick in a few bucks every couple of weeks and start making larger trades I could see some long term potential here. The key (IMO) is the ' long term' part. Anyway, I've found it to be interesting, and it has started to get me dialed in on a different piece of the news than I usually pay attention to. So....anyone else here do their own investing? If so, any insight to share? Where do you do your research? How active are you? What successes or failures have you had?