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Hello folks, I am almost 40. Saved up some $ and invested in real estate right after crash and land lot before the crash of 2008. Real estate investments have gone up quite a bit.

Should I get into the stock market now? If so, how much %?
Got some money in the bank for investment, however I never invested in the stock market.

What would you do?

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Hello folks, I am almost 40. Saved up some $ and invested in real estate right after crash and land lot before the crash of 2008. Real estate investments have gone up quite a bit.

Should I get into the stock market now? If so, how much %?
Got some money in the bank for investment, however I never invested in the stock market.

What would you do?

Thanks
Don't invest money that you can't afford to lose.

Do some reading before investing. I recommend A Random Walk Down Wall Street [edu.ps] and Jim Cramer's Real Money. Plenty of good websites, too.

But before you do anything, practice by playing a virtual stock market [marketwatch.com].
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Why are you interested in the stock market instead of continuing to invest in real estate?
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tock Market Returns, by Calendar Year
2008 -37.0
2009 26.5
2010 15.1
2011 2.1
2012 16.0
2013 32.4
2014 13.7
2015 1.4
2016 11.9
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Don't invest money that you can't afford to lose.

Do some reading before investing. I recommend A Random Walk Down Wall Street [edu.ps] and Jim Cramer's Real Money. Plenty of good websites, too.

But before you do anything, practice by playing a virtual stock market [marketwatch.com].
Thank you Bonkman for the advice. I was thinking of investing in some mutual funds.
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Why are you interested in the stock market instead of continuing to invest in real estate?
Diversification.
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tock Market Returns, by Calendar Year
2008 -37.0
2009 26.5
2010 15.1
2011 2.1
2012 16.0
2013 32.4
2014 13.7
2015 1.4
2016 11.9
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Stay in real estate
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Stay in real estate
Need to diversify.
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Don't invest money that you can't afford to lose.

Do some reading before investing. I recommend A Random Walk Down Wall Street [edu.ps] and Jim Cramer's Real Money. Plenty of good websites, too.

But before you do anything, practice by playing a virtual stock market [marketwatch.com].
Bonkman, how do you feel about precious metals?
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Try a virtual stock app so you can try without risking any money
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Wouldn't it also be safer and simpler to invest in mutual funds and perhaps bonds than directly in stocks?

And for real estate w/o having to own real estate, Fundrise.com is an option to still invest in that category.
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Bonkman, how do you feel about precious metals?
You've asked this before, answer hasn't really changed. It's just another asset class. Nothing particularly special about it.
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The stock indexes are at or near all-time highs, and we are overdue for a recession. How long this bull market will go, no one really knows. My current strategy is investing in total domestic, foreign, and bond index ETFs (Boglehead 3-fund portfolio) and spreading it out over 6 to 12 months, so I'm dollar cost averaging.
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Read The Boglehead's Guide to Investing.
Don't buy any stocks.
Decide Allocation (e.g., 70% stock funds, 30% bonds).
Buy nothing but Vanguard Mutual Funds (don't worry about ETFs)
Split between 3 funds: VG Total US Stock Market, VG Total US Bond, and VG Total International Stock Market. Buy Admiral Shares of you have the cash (takes at least $11000 I believe).
Sit back and do nothing else.

Don't try to time the correction. Buy now.
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