Not sure who you are addressing. My investment in AT&T is about 6,200 shares. At current pricing that's over 200 grand. Buying the stock option whetted my interest in investing. My first purchase in the mid 50's was just 4 shares.. I've bought into many other stocks since. Even put money into 3 start up companies. One paid off really well. I sold last year for a better than 8% compounded gain since 1963. It is a well established company that makes a well known brand of sporting goods. The other two went down the drain but the one more than made up for them. I used AT&T shares to stay debt free when I bought my first house in 1963. Many of my co-workers preferred to blow their money on booze, tobacco, ATV's, etc., etc.