10 tricks for better investing

Why do smart people do such stupid things with their money? Because, research shows, financial decisions are driven by feelings. Here's how to keep your impulses in check.

Eggs go splat
Never keep all your eggs in one basket. Spread your bets across U.S. and foreign stocks, bonds, and cash. No matter how much you like your job, don't put all your 401(k) into your company's stock; employees at Enron and WorldCom liked their company too.
Last updated January 02 2008: 8:29 AM ET

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