Re: Anyone want to talk stocks and retirement?
There are also places online, where you can have simulated investments and brokerage trading. I might suggest one of of those. I personally haven't used them so I don't have a link.
However you go, it's important as Cyclone says to have a philosophy. That's what I was promoting in my original post. The philosophy of buying "Dividend Growth" stocks, (stocks that pay a decent dividend every year, and increase them every year), and reinvesting those dividends within an IRA. (preferably a Roth). This is to eventually produce an income string in future years and not touch the principle.
I do most of my online reading these days at seekingalpha.com They put together a model Dividend Growth Portfolio. Here are the companies they chose:
Our current portfolio consists of ExxonMobil (XOM), Johnson and Johnson (JNJ), AT&T (T), General Electric (GE), Annaly Capital (NLY), Southern Company (SO), Procter & Gamble (PG), Philip Morris (PM), Intel (INTC), Realty Income (O), Chevron (CVX), E.I. du Pont (DD), Duke Energy (DUK), Coca-Cola (KO), and Bank of America (BAC).