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Retired IT type businessman. Spend lots of time on due diligence research; sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn't. Have done pretty well past 5 years, but then, any idiot could probably have made money buying in March 2009. The acid test will be the next 12-18 months. Some days you are the bug, some days you're the windshield.
Tried real estate for 20 years. Same thing happens, only in slow motion. Turned out pretty well for me only it took a lot longer and had to put up with pesky tenants.
Family of 4 trying to make sense of all the info out there.Got tired of being told where and how to invest by "pros" who then tell us we should have done more work ourselves when they fail to do the job...Well they were right (after all they are pros!) and we got rid of them and the expenses(the one thing that maintained stability) they seem to generate and our portfolio has never done better.All mistakes are on us,but so are more of the gains.Seeking Alpha has played a huge roll in our learning process...We still listen to the "pros" but now a wider variety of them as we watch/listen/read Bloomberg,CNBC,CNBCW,FoxBiz,& Yahoo Finance near 24/7...