Don’t let these investing mistakes ruin your retirement


Avoid making these costly investing mistakes

Have you found yourself wondering why your investment returns often lag behind those of your friends? Instead of making huge gains over the last couple of years while the stock market has traded to multiple new all-time highs, have your returns disappointed? If so perhaps you are guilty of making some common mistakes that frequently plague investors.

Investing is not a solved game. There is no crystal ball to help you always make the right decisions. Investing is a game of patience, work, and a good bit of luck. Hitting a homerun on your next trade is not easy to do, but it is far from impossible once you identify the leaks in your system and fix them.

Some of the mistakes we look at this week will be obvious ones, but also ones that nearly every investor has made from time to time. Sometimes you do not realize how obvious something is until you see it right in front of you.

There is no shame in making mistakes. It's only a shame to keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Investing is like everything else in the world, we can learn from our mistakes.

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