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Eight Top Investing Tips

Morningstar’s director of passive strategies Ben Johnson shares his personal investing manifesto, in eight simple bullet points.

Ben Johnson 22.08.2019

Do's
1) Save. You can't invest money until you've saved money. Saving is all the more important in the context of the depressingly low expected returns we face today. The market likely won't do the heavy lifting for you over the next few years, so you will have to shoulder more of the burden.

2) Keep it simple. Don't stray from your circle of competence. It's all too easy to be lured outside your wheelhouse by friends, neighbours, or marketers. Complexity is costly and rarely yields benefits to the consumer. This applies to investment products, home appliances, you name it. The further you stray from your circle of competence, the more likely you will get lost.

3) Keep it cheap. Fees subtract directly from your investment returns. Be stingy when it comes to the price that you pay for investment products, as well as the price you pay for advice.

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Ben Johnson  Ben Johnson, CFA is the Director of Passive Fund Research with Morningstar.

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