My husband and I had some shares for a while and later we changed our superannuation to a self managed fund and invested in shares. We have since decided that was all too much work and gave it back to the experts to manage.
Yes. I used to work in the City, my brother works for a hedge fund and a large proportion of my husband's remuneration is in stock and stock options. I think it's fair to say I'm quite well versed in investing in stocks!
My bother brought some stock in my name when I was a child. Its marginal. I just never understood how the stock market works. If I had a large sum I would buy some stock in a company that I think has potential.
Yes. I made some gains and more losses. I invested for short terms and sold them as soon as I could make some profit. Some slipped so much that even after years they never recovered. I learnt my lesson & gave up.