10 Ways to Simplify Your Investing

My Sunday Washington Post Business Section column from yesterday — Keep it simple, avoid the pitfalls — described 10 ways to keep your investing simple.

Here are my 10 (plus 2 corollaries)

Simplify Your Investing
1 Go passive.
2 Diversify across asset classes.
3 Be mindful of valuation.
4 Dollar cost averaging.
5 Keep costs and expenses low.
6 Rebalance your portfolio.
7 Avoid the noise.
8 Review your portfolio regularly.
9 Steer clear of venture capital and private equity
9b Most IPOs are a sucker play.
10 Avoid new financial products at all costs.
10b Don’t buy “house product,” either.

You can see the explanation for each of these here.

 

Avoid becoming these dudes:

 

Source:
Keep it simple, avoid the pitfalls
Barry Ritholtz
Washington Post, January 25 2013
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/keep-it-simple-avoid-the-pitfalls/2013/01/24/210063fc-65a3-11e2-9e1b-07db1d2ccd5b_story.html

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