Grandma Said Buy What You Know

June Spirer has been tracking stocks ever since she was a child. Here is how she amassed a $4 million portfolio

June Spirer was anything but a typical six-year-old. On Friday nights, when her friends might have been playing with dolls or watching TV, June would curl up in her grandfather's lap and read the stock tables in the New York Herald Tribune. "It was just part of my life," says Spirer, now 50. After her grandpa died, Spirer's grandmother took over the family stock portfolio and continued Spirer's financial education. "She taught me to buy what I know," says Spirer.

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