What is the ideal number of stocks to have in a portfolio?

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October 2016
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Are you committed to investing in individual stocks? Will you be managing the portfolio yourself? If you answer "yes" to both I think that you want to do extensive research and reading in order to find a strategy that you can embrace, such as dividend investing. Then, you will want to accumulate the number of stocks that you can comfortably monitor over time. So, depending on how much time and interest that you have, that might be 5 stocks. Or, it might be 20 on the high side. You will find that the major discount brokers have great tools and education to assist you.

Have fun and enjoy the journey!  Good luck!

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