In the past few days the NY Times has run articles about how individual investors have pulled a record amount of money out the stock market and how buying a house is no longer the way to make any money. A few weeks ago I mentioned the best place to put your cash was under a mattress. Still seems the right move to me. Oh, and one other thing. If you want to buy stocks NEVER use a broker. Buy on line. It's cheaper and your thoughts on stocks are probably far superior to the jerks who supposedly are paid to give advise.