Don’t “play the stock market.” If you want to gamble, go to Vegas. Think instead that the stock market provides you with a way to invest in companies. Buy stock in healthy companies that you understand and hold onto them for the long term, and you will generally be rewarded for your wisdom. Or better yet, invest in a fund that invests across the board in many companies. Diversifying will protect you even further while you watch your money grow. So our stock pick for today is the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (Stock Ticker – VTSMX).