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Stalter: Caution on the 'Must-Haves'

One was about Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR). This stock interests me for a couple of reasons. First, I am pretty much in love with my Keurig machine and all the different K-Cup options. It feels like I'm regressing several decades when I visit my parents and have to manually load the ground coffee into a filter.

Second, back in my trading days, I actually did make some money on Green Mountain. Did it change my life? No. Was it fun? Sure.

In his story, Rocco mentioned buying one share of Facebook on its debut day, just to participate in the hoopla. There is nothing wrong with participating, in a limited basis, in high-profile stocks and IPOs.

But keep in mind that brokerage firms want you to be actively trading the high-profile names on any given day.  There's plenty of support for you to be doing that, rather than staying the course with a balanced index-based portfolio.
At the time of publication, Stalter was long AAPL.

Kate Stalter is an investment advisor at Portfolio LLC. She is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Previously, she edited the "Low Priced Leaders" newsletter at and hosted Tiger Financial News Network's "Small Cap Roundup" radio show. She has been a stock-market columnist and video host at and currently writes for Morningstar Advisor magazine. From 2001 until 2010 she was a seminar instructor and market writer with Investor's Business Daily. She received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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