Are any of you folks into penny stocks? A risky investment, but something that can earn you a lot if it does well, or break you if it collapses. Obviously spreading the risk into multiple projects would help here. I've heard of a lot of people dumping funds into startups that were already sucking in venture capital and then making it big but never really looked into it. I guess I have always been a bit shy of this niche after watching an old movie called Wall Street with the Sheen duo and still remember Martin Sheen's rant about how his son should live off being productive rather than "the buying and selling of others". I have heard of business and finance students working the markets part time to pay tuition, some of these people I know have bragged that a couple of their penny stocks jumped tenfold in less than a year. Sounds incredible but I never had the chance to actually verify the story. Anyone can make things up also of course. Then we have the Options and Futures market which is more of a leveraged betting game. Risky but supposedly worthwile if you know the game like the back of your hand(which I don't btw). I have been told one needs 5-10Gs to start playing after learning the ropes and I was told that my first book should be Graham and Dodds - Security Analysis. Said to be the most dry book there is, but is the financial bible. Me, I keep hearing about others supposedly doing well but I keep telling myself that it would involve investing a lot of time and effort in learning the ropes with a dubious outcome. On the other hand it would also give me a certain "sophistication" where I wouldn't ever feel left out in a casual conversation regarding stocks which isn't a very nice feeling when it happens--you look and feel like a dunce. So has anyone else toyed with this idea or even tried their luck(after learning the ropes of course) at futures, options or derivatives? Or does this niche scare off most of the people here and you prefer to nurse your own projects?