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10 Mistakes That Turn Investors Into Their Own Worst Enemies

The hardest part of investing can sometimes be getting out of your own way. Too often, we let emotions guide our investing strategies, with disastrous results. A new study reveals the most common mistakes: We've summed up the popular pitfalls so you can avoid them.

AlphaClone: Assemble Your Fantasy Hedge Fund Team ... And Win

Investing in hedge funds is a lot like playing in the NFL: A tiny elite can do it and make millions while the rest of us can only watch and dream. But just as we mere mortals can coach our way to gridiron victory through fantasy football teams, now hedge funds have a "fantasy team" option too.

Can Tweets and Status Updates Really Predict Stock Moves?

Investors looking to predict how the stock market will move have produced countless beat-the-market strategies over the centuries. The latest is a theory that suggests tweets and status updates can be used to foresee a company's fluctuations on Wall Street. Crazy ... but could it work?

The Best Dividend Offense Is a Good Defense Stock

In 2011, the S&P 500 Index went nowhere. In fact, it lost a little. But you don't have to suffer just because stock prices stay flat -- if you buy companies that pay strong dividends, like these 4 options in the defense sector.

Inside Wall Street: Turbo-Charged Investment Managing

Wall Street is littered with so-called hot and smart investors who flamed-out during economic downturns or market crashes. But Marketocracy says its investment management teams are different -- with stock picks that have demonstrated proven, long-term staying prowess.

Can Motley Fool's Stock Picker Tap Wisdom of Crowds?

Popular investing site The Motley Fool has patented a system it believes can predict stock performance. Called Motley Fool CAPS, it taps the collective brainpower of more than 170,000 investors. Based on its performance over the past five years, it appears to work. But can it really?

The 'Unlucky' Way to Double Your Investment Returns

What if you could increase your investment returns more than 200% by simply understanding the role of luck versus skill in investing? Several recent studies have shown how, and if ever there was information the securities industry didn't want you to have, this is it.

How the Media and Wall Street Create Fake Stock Gurus

The financial media loves to pluck struggling analysts from obscurity and propel them to fame on the backs of a few good calls, then shoot them full of arrows at them when their predictions start to fail. And inevitably, those so-called gurus will fail. Here's why.

How to Beat Jim Cramer's Portfolio for Free

Finance expert Dan Solin has a simple gripe with CNBC's Jim Cramer: The "Mad Money" host acts like he has some special insight into the markets that is of value to investors, despite clear evidence that he doesn't. So how can you get better returns than Cramer? Read on.