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August 18, 2010



Beginning investing - wow, tall order. I'll try to add some color from my (sometimes poor)experience.
- Expect to make mistakes that will cost you money.
- Expect to spend several years learning the basics.
- Most markets are fairly efficient - eventually you will need to find a niche or an edge - if you don't have an edge don't compete in that space.
- Learning or playing around is fine, but the object is to outperform some reasonable benchmark over some reasonable time frame.
- It can take years to discover if your results are luck or skill. You can be skilled and still go bankrupt.
If I do 15 minutes of research on a stock (total) it's a lot. Why? Because I don't try to compete with the people that do 100's of hours of research.

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