by CI Staff
Investing is a lifelong process; it is more than just a matter of purchasing “hot” stocks and funds and hoping for above-market returns. Having a long-term plan is crucial to prolonged success in the markets, especially for individual investors. It is good to step back and reassess, even during periods of growth. If you start with the basics, you will not be caught taking on too much risk during periods of high market volatility (investors never feel like they are taking on enough risk during a strong bull market).
AAII’s Investor Classroom provides useful articles that can help you take a second look at your portfolio, starting with the basics (Figure 1). The Investor Classroom area is divided into four sections—Investing Basics, Mutual Fund Investing, Stock Investing and Bond Investing—with several articles in each. The articles are broken down into easy-to-follow steps that explain investing concepts in clear language. The following highlights some articles from each section that may help you become a better investor.
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