author, editor teacher, and VERY novice investor. I trust my 401K to the pros, and play around with $5,000 based on my research and gut. I stick mostly to mining, manufacturing, and fertilizer. And yes, I was totally burned by the plummet in rare earth prices, but I've held onto some of the stocks because a few will make it (I hope). I learn a lot on SA. The writing's good, and the reader comments are informed and helpful. My only gripe is with the unending flow of Ford articles. Seem to be at least 1-2/day.