I said I'd start another thread about why I can't get into stocks (and penny stocks in particular.) Bottom line, it's the broker question. *DO* I need one in case I want to start playing around with penny stocks? Is it even possible for individuals to buy/sell stocks without having to go through a broker? The thing that soured me is some stock I owned for years. I wasn't into the stock market and wished I could have sold it when it seemed to stop climbing... but I couldn't (or rather I didn't know how without a broker.) So I ignored it basically. WELL! About a year and a half ago, I got a notification that the company is willing to buy back stock at current value... I only needed to do the paperwork. Whew... I did and received 20 times what I put into it. That wasn't a penny stock issue, though. So anyhow... 1. Was I misinformed that *any* movement with stocks requires a broker? and 2. Considering my main interests are real estate and metals, would penny stocks be a good diversion/hobby without much hope for decent investment income?