How can you be sure that what you read on our Bulletin Board is correct? Quite simply, you can't. While this is a great forum to exchange ideas, opinions and information remember that much of what you read will be ideas and opinions. If someone posts information about a 'hot' stock or the latest City tip, they probably honestly believe that the stock is 'hot' and would like to share their good fortune with everyone else. That's great, but they may be well meaning but ill-informed, and sometimes just plain wrong. Remember to do a little background research of your own and make sure that you are comfortable with all investment decisions you make.
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In any forum, there are bound to be differences in opinions and that's okay. A lively, civil debate provides much for all parties to think about, and makes for interesting reading for anyone who is browsing. While you are welcome to discuss, debate and even disagree, you must do so within the bounds of good taste. Please avoid personal attacks, sarcasm and name-calling. If you stick to the facts and a code of good conduct, you will make the bulletin board a pleasant forum for everyone to use. (Please note: Rudeness will not be tolerated. Any posts which are spiteful, defamatory, derogatory, or rude in any other way will be removed and a warning will be issued.)
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