Why spend hundreds of hours picking stocks when you can trade indexes every day and PROFIT?
By the time you pick stocks they're already moving.
Indexes represent groups of stocks so you move with the general market direction.
But if you like picking stocks fine. I know people who have taken $50,000 and turned it into a $750,000 account portfolio over 15 years.
My late father-in-law, a retired coal miner did it for my wife. He worked everyday, reading news papers and watching business shows (no computer) but he did it. His wife @ 90 years old is still living very comfortably on the portfolio he left her.