In high school in 1968, I became interested in the stock market. Everybody laughed. In researching many companies at the library, Canadian Pacific Ltd. stood out. I reviewed its financial reports and historical performance. Then I found a chart of the Dow Jones industrial average going back to the 1800s. (Big lesson there: Hang on for the long haul.) My dad opened a brokerage account for me, and I bought some shares with $500 of lawn-cutting money. By college, it was worth almost $5,000. I regularly 'paid myself first' from every paycheck. I retired at 39. Nobody's laughing now--except me!
--Sean Senna, Tucson, Ariz.
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