Not really: I've been buying mutual funds for a long time. I decided to let Frugal Son guide me, mostly because he doesn't have very much by way of investible funds.
So my first purchases are
PGH (a utility)
GE (you know, General Electric)
I did this through a Vanguard brokerage account, which Frugal Son helped me set up (actually, it's simple). I only pay $7.00/trade.
After witnessing the performance of financial professionals--with both my in-laws and now my mother--I figure I might as well trust the advice of my guy.
Needless to say, most of my retirement money remains in good ole index funds. I'll keep you posted on my progress--or regress.