From about 1966 through 2013, I have at various times and for various reasons owned a grand total of approximately 20 different individual stocks. My last and, I think, final stock transaction was a sale of 25 shares of General Electric in March of 2000.
OK, I did have a very small amount of company stock from the days I was in a Fortune 500 company which 15%-discounted employee stock purchase plan. I was in it to the tune of $5/month out of fear that my manager might get reports on participation and think poorly of me if I didn't participate. No such thing was ever suggested, but you start to think that way when you work in a big corporation. I certainly contributed the amount to United Way that was preprinted on some form as my "fair share" with the handy checkbox next to it, because at meetings I didn't want to be the only person in the room not wearing a little gold-toned miniature-paper-doll lapel pin. The company winked out of existence with stunning speed. There might have been brief opportunity to convert my couple-of-dozen shares into shares of a successor company which winked out of existence a few years later, but I didn't bother to do it. I had two physical stock certificates, sold one to scripophily.com for $9.95 which was higher than its terminal market value, kept the other as a souvenir.
I don't believe that should count.
Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness; Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.