I am an Accountant that feels that the stock market is the place to have your money in for the LONG run and not in and out like Cramer and others talk to. I have seen too many day traders hit it big and lose everything. I have been in the stock market since the 1980's. "If" I had held onto my Yahoo shares when it went public (Yes I bought 1200 in the first few minutes of trading) longer than I did (and made 18%), I would have been a millionaire! I bought FB BEFORE it went public, and at the IPO price, and another 500 shares in my IRA at $27.00, all I plan to hold onto and laugh at all your "bad" talk. Remember the reason a company goes public is to raise capital, FB did just that, and the "FLIPPERS" got hurt real bad! The investors, just like the early investors of FB, will be rewarded over a period of time (more than trying to buy on the IPO and turn around and sell a few minutes later), investing takes TIME, and gaiining a profit will take time! How can you or anybody else talk about FB earnings or potential earnings when they haven't even report any (until later this month) after they have gone public. It is easy to "bad talk" a company during its "quiet period" isn't it!
I am a so called "retail investor" trying to save enough for retirement and trying to get smart about investing. My nest egg is small by anyone's estimate but I have to make it grow so when I retire in 6-8 years it will be a big part of what we live on.