Yahoo finance has a message board for every company and they are very populated so i jusy thought the general topic of investments should occupy just one board here. After all investments are manly and we are mostly men right? Everyone should be an investor. Everyone! And anyone with a time horizen to retirement of at least 10 years should be in stocks. If not 100% then at least 75-80%. A house should be first on the agenda but after that you should be in an IRA or 401K and that means stocks. No you don't have to be rich at all to get started some can get started for as little as $25-$50 with a monthly committment that can be that low. Stocks have outperformed bonds 2-1 long term and outperform cash investments like CDs 3-1. For long term capital appreciation you have to own stocks. Graham and dodd who wrote the classic tome "security analysis" proved this way back in the 1930s and peter lynch talks about this and runs over the numbers in his book "beating the street" from 1993.