I own one individual stock. I purchased 450 shares of CNXT a few months ago, and it is just sitting in my Tradeking account. I use Tradeking because they have no inactivity fees, and trades are just $4.95. This account is “separate” from the rest of my money, and I do not include it when I am figuring net worth or cash balances. It’s my 1000 dollars in “play” money. CNXT hovers around 2 bucks… I hope that one day it makes a big jump and I can cash in and buy some fun stuff. But, I am not depending on my individual stock picks for my future or my retirement. I’m sticking with my mutual funds for those purposes. It’s fun to buy and sell a stock once in a while, but it’s not my “game”.