Not A Stock Wizard? Avoid These Investing Mistakes, Part 5

Read about the common mistakes people make when dealing with stocks.

Over there . . . I think. Looking to diversify yourportfolio into overseas markets? Many financial professionals agreethat investors can improve the long-term performance potential oftheir portfolios by moving between 10 percent and 30 percent oftheir money into foreign investments. But is your fund trulyinvested across the water? If you're considering a global fund,you may be missing the boat. International funds hold only foreignsecurities, while global funds invest in companies in the UnitedStates and overseas. So if you want to diversify into foreignmarkets alone, invest in an international fund. You should alsoknow foreign investing is subject to certain risks, such ascurrency fluctuations and social, economic and political changes,which may result in greater share price volatility.

I want my CNBC. What's the first thing you do in themorning? If you switch on CNBC, get your fix of The Wall StreetJournal or check your stocks on the Internet before you pouryour coffee, you might be obsessing over the stock market. It'strue such diligence could lead to profits, but it could also leadto needless worry, panic and way too much trading. It'simportant to pay attention, but it's bad to be too anxious.

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