Just a few things i was wondering about.. 1) With the current market the way it is, is this a perfect opportunity to invest? Or maybe a trap? 2) Should companies offering high yield dividends be considered more-so now, or should the future potential of the company be of superior importance? 3) I've read brokerage fees shouldn't exceed 1% of the purchase price when buying shares, everyone agree? 4) Being new to the industry, have we seen the market in similar situations like this before? Some days you read its going to get so much worse, others saying its smooth sailing from here... I begin to wonder does any of the 'experts' know what there talking about! 5) How are the shares within a company counted? are shares 'created' when someone wants to buy them? for example, XYZ has 1 million shares, is that all the company has to trade? or is someone wants to buy 100,000 shares, does the total shares within the company become 1,100,000? And finally before everyone has had enough, 6) what actually effects a companies share price? how do they go up and down? Id love to hear some comments, advice.. Thanks!