Many folks have gotten into trading penny stocks because of the little amount of risk involved. I'm thinking of getting into investing in the stock market more frequently, but I think I need more practice first. Do you think that penny stocks are a decent, inexpensive way to practice investment techniques? Or do these kinds of stocks hold too much volatility and variance to be an accurate indicator of how the rest of the larger market plays out? Should I be practicing in a different way or should I be reading more research articles and advice columns first?