When USA slipped into recession there a few years back, I became intrigued by the stock market. I was still pretty broke at the time, and couldn't afford to buy shares or stocks in any company. Instead I bought some books - Benjamin Graham's, The Intelligent Investor, being the one I feel the need to name drop - Everything I learned about investing, the stock market, and how to invest your money wisely has been learned from this book. If anyone hasn't read it, and is interested in investing, or the stock market itself, it's a must read. But I digress. Fast forward a few years later, my financial situation is different, and suddenly the price of oil has gone from 100 dollars a barrel, to 43, so I decided to take the plunge into the volatile world of the stock market. Anyone actively involved besides with your pension/401k at work?