Investing Tips

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    Investor.gov is a free, neutral website which will help you learn about financial products and check out investment companies and professionals.

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    Before you begin to invest money, map out an asset allocation plan to stick by. Make it diversified and systematically rebalance it over time.

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    Be careful to avoid investing in stocks based on like or dislike of the company. Deciding to invest is harder than deciding to like or dislike.

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    Don't try to play the common game of "timing" the market by handpicking domestic equity stocks. Ultimately most people lose money doing this.

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    Always use strong risk management for your orders. It will help to save your money.

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    Investors armed with basic investment principles, well-defined goals, and a reasonable self-awareness increase the likelihood of investment success.

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    Consider investing in a nonprofit mutual fund instead of a for-profit fund. These funds generally do well and don't charge as many fees.

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    If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Steer clear of opportunities that offer no risk and guaranteed high-returns. They don't exist.

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    Understand that there are costs associated with buying, managing and selling investments which can have a massive effect on the value of your savings.

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    Pay off high-interest debts first, as the interest you're paying on them will outstrip the benefits of savings.

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