I have been an investor for 30+ years. When I retired in 2004, I took over the control of my investments full time. In March of 2009 I committed a sizable stake to the market and doubled my money. I sold half about a year ago and what I started with is in drips dividend reinvesting. The other half I have been a bit more speculative with, but I recently bought SLV at $26.00 in January and sold it all on April 29th for a 66% realized gain. I spend my time reading every financial classic I can get my hands on and have become a fairly good chartist. I write a blog http://investingadvicebygeorge.blogspot.com/ and I upload videos to Youtube under the "nom de plume" InvestingAdvicebyGeo. Hope you will visit my sites and leave feedback.