A bull market has a way of papering over investing mistakes that tougher times for equities lay painfully bare. Shortsightedness, overconfidence and -- most important -- failing to have a plan are more likely to hurt investors' long-term results than the inevitable ups and downs of stocks and bonds, says Jonathan Satovsky, chairman and chief executive of Satovsky Asset Management.

Failing to set forth clear long-term objectives, overestimating their own risk-tolerance and swapping investing strategies in mid-stream are just a few of the ways in which investors hurt their returns. "Too often people second-guess their plan when they are caught up in the minutiae of the market or a hot trend," Satovsky says. "What they don't realize is their plan is doing exactly what it is intended for -- producing superior returns over the long term."

The bottom line is that fear and greed are an investor's worst enemy. For more of Satovsky's insights into the most common investing mistakes, see the video below.

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July 25 2011 at 4:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

you can avoid investing mistakes by NOT INVESTING in the thievery of wall street.

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October 04 2010 at 9:30 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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do you accept money copied off of a copy machine, it looks like the real thing.

October 05 2010 at 1:26 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I will invest my whole lot of nothing, than expect a return of a whole lot of nothing. How is this most Americans are just getting by. It is quite a leap to assume there is money to invest. Unless you believe the media spin. Newsflash we can barely pay our bills. Is November here yet?

October 04 2010 at 7:26 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Yhe lame bounty commercial came thru just fine. Unfortunately Satovsky's comments did not. Sure lets you know whats important in this upside down world. Just took Bounty off my shopping list.

October 03 2010 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply