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The Pocket Idiot's Guide™ To Direct Stock Investing by Lita Epstein, Douglas Gerlach

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Getting Past Your Fears

You may think that creating and maintaining a stock portfolio is beyond your skill level and a task that is better left to professionals. But if you take the time to learn how to pick companies (which we talk about in Chapter 2), you can minimize investment risk and cut your investment costs by doing it yourself.
The process of picking stocks is not as difficult as some would have you believe. You may even find it fun. In fact if you don’t find it fun, you might be better off using no-load mutual funds rather than trying to build your own stock portfolio. By picking mutual funds managed by professional stock managers, you don’t have to worry about picking the best stocks.
If you do enjoy researching stocks and finding ...

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