10 tricks for better investing

Why do smart people do such stupid things with their money? Because, research shows, financial decisions are driven by feelings. Here's how to keep your impulses in check.

Investigate, then invest
A stock is not just a price; it's a piece of a living corporate organism. Study the company's financial statements. Read a mutual fund's prospectus before you buy. If you want to hire a broker or financial planner, do a background check before you write a check.
Last updated January 02 2008: 8:29 AM ET

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