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Your Brain and Tiger Woods: Impressive... and Embarrassing

A marvel of natural talent and technical training; impressive in its achievements, seemingly well-suited for its tasks, but nonetheless prone to embarrassing stunts with disconcerting frequency. Here are some notable ways our brains can trip us up, with respect to investing. Learn to avoid the hazards -- unlike Tiger.

Fantasy Football and Investing: How to Win

There are now tens of millions of fantasy football players, hoping that dissecting the latest details on Peyton Manning's neck or the quarterback situation in Jacksonville will give them an edge over other friends in their leagues. Sounds a lot like investing, doesn't it?

How to Survive the Stock Market's Wild Ride

The stock-market roller coaster of the last couple of weeks -- culminating with Thursday's 500-point plunge on the Dow -- has been enough to make even the most stoic investors sweat. Experts offer opinions on how you can turn uncertainty into opportunity.

Five Restaurant Stocks Worth Sampling Now

Legendary investor Peter Lynch espoused the philosophy "Buy what you know." Well, who doesn't know restaurants? We know where the crowds are, and we know what we like to eat. Here are five chains that managed to grow during the market lull, positioning themselves perfectly for the future.

How to Turn Teen Girls Into Financial Prodigies

America's urban schools don't do nearly enough to teach kids about personal finance and investing, and the effects permeate through America's minority communities. The ING-Girls Inc. Investment Challenge changing that, one virtual portfolio and one girl at a time.

The Motley Fool's Secret to Investing in Commodities

Investing is prone to manias and panics. Investors get excited as prices rise, and end up buying today what they should have bought years ago. The recent commodities sell-off reminded me of the rule I follow for commodities investing. Had you followed it, you'd have saved loads of money in 2008 and 2009 and made tons recently.

The Return of the Dreaded (and Dreadful) Stock Pickers

Market turbulence and economic uncertainty create fear and anxiety among investors. Unfortunately, many turn to advice freely dispensed by self-styled investment gurus -- who claim they can predict the direction of the markets or pick outperforming stocks.

Yes, Stocks Are Extremely Volatile. But Don't Panic!

Investors are running scared after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Japan and left it with an ongoing nuclear crisis. Pain for Japan could easily infect the global economy. But when there's gloom in the air, there's also opportunity to buy on the dip and gain from the rebound.

How Your Portfolio Can Profit From Higher Oil Prices

Skyrocketing oil prices don't have to bring only pain. Investors can also find some relief with investments that can benefit from oil's recent -- and likely future -- increases. Here are some ETFs and mutual funds worth considering, based on performance, risk and cost.

Maybe You Shouldn't Invest Like Warren Buffett

Buffett may be one of the richest men in America, but should individuals try to do what Berkshire Hathaway's legendary CEO does? Not according to some analysts -- who say the "Warren Buffett way" often doesn't translate to what's best for small investors, especially today.

Five Investing Rules You Can Learn From Kids

Looking at investing from a child's perspective can be eye-opening. And you don't need to have kids of your own to learn these lessons. Here are five tips for learning how to think like a child -- and how to turn that into making some grown-up profits.

Retiring Without a Rudder? You May Need a Coach

Most people's worries about retirement are, first and foremost, about money. But the nonfinancial questions can be just as daunting, and increasingly, folks are turning to retirement coaches for guidance. Is one of these advisers right for you?

10 Rules of the Most Successful Amateur Investors

It's well known that 80% of professional fund managers underperform the market -- so how can an amateur investor like you hope to succeed? Matthew Schifrin, the investing editor of Forbes magazine, hunted down 10 of the best-performing amateur investors over the past decade and asked them for their investing secrets.

New Management Guide Also Offers Value to Investors

Prestigious management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. just published 'Value: The Four Cornerstones of Corporate Finance,' a guide to help executives create shareholder value. Lead author Tim Koller shares his thoughts with DailyFinance about how the book might also help investors profit.

Buffett Warns That Euro Faces a 'Real Challenge'

The euro has posted its biggest quarterly gain in eight years, but billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett is worried about Europe's common currency. Despite the E.U.'s trillion-dollar bailout fund, he's not sure the Continent will be able to avert a sovereign debt meltdown.

Daily Blogwatch: This Week's Best iPhone Apps

Some of the best reads for investors from around the Web, including posts about the top iPhone apps (at least this week), the Standard & Poor's 500 index's climb, the argument for going short and why stocks may be in a bubble.

Daily Blogwatch: The Complete Warren Buffett Letters

Among today's top online stories for investors are Sam and Charles Wyly's $550 million in insider trading profits, cars in China, how to get a 5% yield from Goldman Sachs, what stocks Chelsea Clinton is buying, and Dilbert's guide to investing.

Daily Blogwatch: What Happens After Six Up Days in a Row?

Among today's top online stories for investors are include three stocks that are better buys than Apple, 52 ways to die in a cave, an examination of sports betting hedge funds, and more proof that nobody ever really remembers what the last recovery was like.

Daily Blogwatch: Why Gold Is Going to Zero

Among today's top online stories for investors are a great analysis of a green microcap stock, where to invest for peak oil, why Intel will report good earnings, what's wrong with gold, and a timely look at the Big Mac Index.