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.

Weigh what they say
The easiest way to silence a market forecaster is to ask for the complete track record of all his or her predictions. If you can't get a complete list, don't listen. Before trying any strategy, gather objective evidence on the performance of others who have used it.
Last updated January 02 2008: 8:29 AM ET

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