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6 Investing Fads That Seemed Like a Good Idea…At the Time

Got a great tip on the next big thing? Before you jump in, take a moment to reflect on some of the investing fads we’ve seen before—and where they are now. Investing fads usually spring from some...

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5 Investing Mistakes That Can Really Cost You

When most people think of investing mistakes, they think of buying or selling the wrong stocks, but these five investing mistakes can cost you even more:

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Long-Term Investing: Avoiding the Urge to Trade

It's easy to talk about ignoring short-term market events and to recommend focusing your attention on the market’s long history of positive returns. It's another thing entirely to sit through the...

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The Volatility of Volatility: What You Need to Know About the VIX

Volatility is often perceived by investors as a negative. No one likes to think about the likelihood that their stock prices will move in the wrong direction. And a high level of volatility can...

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Top Ten Ways to Deal with Behavioral Biases

Pretty much since the day I wrote it, my Investors’ 10 Most Common Behavioral Biases has been the most popular post on this blog.  It still gets a surprising number of hits all these months...

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Game Theory, Behavioral Finance, and Investing: Part 1 of 5

Watching the market this year has been like observing an exercise in game theory and behavioral finance, and the two fields are closely related.  Game theory is the study of how a rational person...

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Gaming the Numb3rs

Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead  presents Shakespeare’s Hamlet from the bewildered point of view of two of the Bard’s bit players, the comically indistinguishable nobodies who...

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Does "Low Risk" Outperform?

A new paper by Robert Haugen, president of research house Haugen Custom Financial Systems, and Nardin Baker, chief strategist, Global Alpha, Guggenheim Partners Asset Management, claims that low...

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