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5 common investing mistakes

A know-nothing investor can outperform most professionals if they avoid some common investing mistakes

Stock markets around the world are in a state of confusion. There is no other way to describe it. How else can we explain, say, the behaviour of the Dow Jones Industrial Index? In March of this year, it dropped to a first-quarter low of about 33,000 points from a high of nearly 37,000 at the start of the year. This was followed by a 2,000-point rally, before plunging below 30,000 towards the end of the first quarter.

Just before the end of the third quarter, the US benchmark had climbed as much as 4,000 points to regain its mid-year high. It is now nestling at around 32,000. It is anyone's guess whether it will be higher or lower by the end of 2022. There are some 'experts' who would like us to...

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