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The 20 Most Common Investing Mistakes

The 20 Most Common Investing Mistakes

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Expecting Too Much

Having reasonable return expectations helps investors keep a long-term view without reacting emotionally.


142 reads

No Investment Goals

Often, investors focus on short-term returns or the latest investment craze instead of their long-term investment goals.


125 reads

Not Diversifying

Diversifying prevents a single stock from drastically impacting the value of your portfolio.


120 reads

Focusing on the Short Term

It’s easy to focus on the short term, but this can make investors second-guess their original strategy and make careless decisions.


104 reads

Buying High and Selling Low

Investor behavior during market swings often hinders overall performance.


119 reads

Trading Too Much

One study shows that the most active traders underperformed the U.S. stock market by 6.5% on average annually.


109 reads

Paying Too Much in Fees

Fees can meaningfully impact your overall investment performance, especially over the long run.


112 reads

Focusing Too Much on Taxes

While tax-loss harvesting can boost returns, making a decision solely based on its tax consequences may not always be merited.


100 reads

Not Reviewing Investments Regularly

Review your portfolio quarterly or annually to make sure you’re staying on track or if your portfolio is in need of rebalancing.


92 reads

Misunderstanding Risk

Too much risk can take you out of your comfort zone, but too little risk may result in lower returns that do not reach your financial goals. Recognize the right balance for your personal situation.


78 reads

Not Knowing Your Performance

Often, investors don’t actually know the performance of their investments. Review your returns to track if you are meeting your investment goals, factoring in fees and inflation.


75 reads

Reacting to the Media

Negative news in the short-term can trigger fear, but remember to focus on the long run.


73 reads

Forgetting About Inflation

Historically, inflation has averaged 4% annually.

Value of $100 at 4% Annual Inflation

After 1 Year: $96

After 20 Years: $44


81 reads

Trying to Time the Market

Market timing is extremely hard. Staying in the market can generate much higher returns versus trying to time the market perfectly.


74 reads

Not Doing Due Diligence

Check the credentials of your advisor through sites like BrokerCheck, which shows their employment history and complaints.


70 reads

Working With the Wrong Advisor

Taking the time to find the right advisor is worth it. Vet your advisor carefully to ensure your goals are aligned.


61 reads

Investing With Emotions

Although it can be challenging, remember to stay rational during market fluctuations.


65 reads

Chasing Yield

High-yielding investments often carry the highest risk. Carefully assess your risk profile before investing in these types of assets.


65 reads

Neglecting to Start

Consider two people investing $200 monthly, assuming a 7% annual rate of return until the age of 65. If one person started at age 25, their end portfolio would be $520K, if the other started at 35 it would total about $245K.


66 reads

Not Controlling What You Can

While no one can predict the market, investors can control small contributions over time, which can have powerful outcomes.


73 reads



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