Unlike Warren Buffet who takes control of a company and can affect its financial direction - you are speculating that a purchase of a share of stock today can be sold at a higher price in the future. Furthermore, you are doing this with your hard earned savings. If you ask most people if they would bet their retirement savings on a hand of poker in Vegas they would tell you "no." When asked why, they will say they don't have the skill to be successful at winning at poker. However, on a daily basis these same individuals will buy shares of a company in which they have no knowledge of operations, revenue, profitability, or future viability simply because someone on television told them to do so.