10 rules for building wealth
Fumbling when it comes to investing? Don't panic. There are easy ways to get your money to work for you.
By Jia Lynn Yang, Fortune reporter
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5. Don't chase trends
5. Don't chase trends
You want to grow your money for the long haul, so you can't switch your strategy every time you read the headlines. If you see an asset class that's catching fire - like real estate investment trusts (REITs) in the late '90s or commodities this year - ask yourself some basic questions: Can I describe how it works in plain English? If not, start your research at Investopedia.com. Why is it so popular right now? If the answer is "Paris Hilton bought some," best to stay away.
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