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.

Costs are killers
Trading costs can eat up 1% of your money per year, while taxes and mutual fund fees can take another 1% to 2%. If middlemen take 3% to 5% of your money per year, they will get rich. If you want to get rich, comparison shop and trade at a snail's pace.
Last updated January 02 2008: 8:29 AM ET

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