5 investing tips to improve your returns

Don't let self-destructive behavior sabotage your portfolio. Here are some ways to avoid falling prey to bad investing habits.

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Feb 7, 2014 11:15PM
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Buy low sell high. Pretty simple really.
Feb 1, 2014 3:39PM
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This article has value especially the advice on disciplined investing and controlling one's emotions.

 Actually being in a broadly diversified portfolio of stocks that also includes some stocks outside the USA wouldn't be such a bad idea. This could be accomplished with a Global Fund of which there are a few with an excellent track record.

If you read the comments from the forum morons, you'll quickly understand why so many fail at investing and give up. First, they think they can pick stocks, bonds, funds, or whatever and next when the market goes against them, they bale out. 

Unless you are a consummate loser who refuses to put some efforts into your choice of funds, you'll do OK just buying and holding. The reasons are quite simple assuming you pick a good fund with a reasonably good track record. If you examine the portfolios of successful funds, you'll be surprised at the degree of intersection of investments choices!

Most successful fund managers come with excellent credentials from good schools, they have access to nearly the same information every day, and surprisingly they often share identical philosophies and views of the market. 

If you put your money in the right hands, you can forget about market fluctuations!

Yuk yuk!
Feb 7, 2014 11:21PM
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I bought the Vanguard Total Index Fund (Wilshire 5000) in 2000 after Susie Orman recommended it. Big mistake I lost money. Don't listen to Susie Orman because she don't know anything about investing or finances. She used to be a waitress and the only thing she is good at is selling books and self-promotion.
Feb 7, 2014 11:26PM
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Be careful when you buy an index fund because if that index is overvalued when you buy you will never do well. You will lose money I guarantee. Price is what you pay and value is what you get. Warren Buffett.
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Amazing the Dow is never mentioned in this article.....
Feb 1, 2014 6:28PM
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"I pick stocks based on my research."

This is faulty logic?  This is the basis for those of use who beat the market by a small margin,

I can understand if the writer means it's faulty to keep stocks that continue to drop and stubbornly keep them because your research says they're good.

Personally, if a stock falls 25% for normal reasons (no tsunami's, strikes, forest fires near 50% of its restaurants, etc.) below the price at which I bought it, I sell.  That keeps me from assuming I'm infallible.

That works most of the time, but one of last ones for which I did that was Citigroup.  Back around 2010-11 I stated seven strong reasons why Citi was worth buying.  It  bought at $45, it fell 25%, so I sold.  Now it's $47+.  Fortunately, I replaced it with Bank of America and did even better than I would have with Citi.
Feb 8, 2014 11:46AM
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This is a lame article...............There is much more to it than what is mentioned.

I traded no load no fee mutual funds like stocks for a few years on the dips and improved my returns in the double digits and watched stocks and learned a few ins and outs before investing in them. Now I kept my funds and trade a small portion of my portfolio in stocks to off set the market direction. Individual stock have a much higher loss/return percentage which I always use a trailing stop loss which will be calculated on the volatility of the investment. Reducing loss from a bad investment and locking in gains from a good one. My risk is managed at that point. No matter what its a good Idea to participate in your financial future.......monitor daily and look for the next entry point. Happy trading.

Feb 7, 2014 8:52PM
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 Get a life morons is bean counting that much fun>? You stupid old twats mental masturbation about beans yes your smart rich and a good person. Now please just die and go away baby booming morons. And thank you for the overwhelming debt fraud and abuse you created and lived off.
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