Your financial success and life are not linear. Investing goals, timeframes and circumstances can change over time.
Attempting to out-smart the markets is a common, yet dangerous, practice.
Many investors underestimate the role of emotions in their decisions. While it is impossible to totally separate emotions from investment choices, understanding your emotional makeup is a good first step.
Day-to-day or week-to-week price fluctuations are not the same as permanent loss of investment capital.
The rate of inflation is a “silent killer” for many investors because most people only pay attention to pre-inflation rates of return.
There has been substantial research over the past couple decades within the area of behavioral finance.
Most of us learn from experience the things we can do without help and those that require more expert assistance.
Brokers, bankers, and insurance salespeople are not fiduciary advisors. They may be nice people that you see at church or the club, but their interests come before yours due to how they are paid.
This mistake is closely tied to #1. Without context, you have a tendency to make “instant choices”, decisions that appear good today.