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Our 3 Biggest Investment Mistakes

We all make mistakes, it's true. Even stock analysts. (I know, you're shocked.) That's why, here at The Motley Fool, we believe in a policy of sharing our mistakes so that we all can learn from them; doing so makes us all better investors. In this video, Motley Fool analysts Morgan Housel and Matt Koppenheffer each talk about three moments when they made the wrong move -- or they made the right move, but not enough of it -- and they discuss what each of these errors taught them.

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  • Report this Comment On December 25, 2012, at 10:09 PM, Shawnerz wrote:

    After reading your TMF articles, its good to see what you guys look like.

    One of my biggest mistakes was investing in a natural gas company because they sponsored my son's soccer team.

    I didn't "lose my shirt" but I did lose money. Over the years, I've learned how to better evaluate a business.

    One thing I'd like to say, if you never make the mistake, you never learn from it. At least I can say, "Yeah, I tried doing it that way-it didn't work. Here's why..."

    rather than,

    "Oh, that'll never work." which is what too many people say as an excuse not to try.


  • Report this Comment On December 26, 2012, at 12:23 PM, crca99 wrote:

    Have studied companies, invested hardly anything, then watched them rise (aapl, cost). Check.

    Have invested extra all the way down in companies following "trusted" advisors and watched them sink out of sight (fmd, jdsu). Check.

    Have twice watched the tide go out on all stocks with no cash on hand to buy more. Check. That was most costly.

    Amazing there's any money on my side of table. thx.

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