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 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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