New Book (and Giveaway): “Broke Millennial Takes on Investing” by Erin Lowry

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Morning!!

Another new $$$ book from our community hits the shelves today!

“Broke Millennial Takes On Investing:
A Beginner’s Guide to Leveling Up Your Money”

The 2nd book out now from who started out as a financial blogger and now securing her place in the author world too :) (And probably not nearly as broke anymore – hah!)

Summary and giveaway details as we do are below, followed by her tour dates in case you’re able to stop by and have some fun in person too. Because if there’s anything better than talking about $$$ online, it’s talking about money in REAL LIFE!

More about the book:

Broke Millennial Takes On Investing: A Beginner’s Guide to Leveling Up Your Money

“A guide to investing basics by the author of Broke Millennial, for anyone who feels like they aren’t ready (or rich enough) to get into the market” –

Millennials want to learn how to start investing. The problem is that most have no idea where to begin. There’s a significant lack of information out there catering to the concerns of new millennial investors, such as:

  • Should I invest while paying down student loans?
  • How do I invest in a socially responsible way?
  • What about robo-advisors and apps–are any of them any good?
  • Where can I look online for investment advice?

In this second book in the Broke Millennial series, Erin Lowry answers those questions and delivers all of the investment basics in one easy-to-digest package. Tackling topics ranging from common terminology to how to handle your anxiety to retirement savings and even how to actually buy and sell a stock, this hands-on guide will help any investment newbie become a confident player in the market on their way to building wealth.

Read more/order at Amazon:

Look interesting?? Want it?

Answer the following question down below in the comments or via email, and you’ll be entered to win one of TWO signed copies that Erin has kindly set aside for us today:

What’s the biggest fail you’ve had so far with investing?

Submit your answers by this upcoming Sunday night @ midnight (April 14th) and you’ll be entered to win… And since I’m not the one shipping them out, it’s open to anyone in the world! ;)

Good luck!!! And huge congrats Erin!!

UPDATE: Giveaway now over!! Congrats to Stephanie C. and Chase for winning :)

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1 Rachel April 9, 2019 at 6:27 am

Hmm, the biggest fail I’ve had investing so far…i guess the big one was not cashing out my bitcoin at the top of its peak last year. I waited too long to see if it would continue to go up, and then it fell back down hard. I did still make money off of selling, which I then immediately reinvested once it fell even lower. But I could have made more off of the sell and thus reinvested more if I hadn’t waited so long!

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2 J. Money April 9, 2019 at 6:34 am

You’re much braver than I :)

I tried “investing” in it for about a month and that was as much as I could take, haha… Cashed it out and then literally the next week the crash came!

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3 April 9, 2019 at 6:49 am

When I was really young, I was invested into a Janus mutual fund that made a negative return. I didn’t know anything about investing but If I had I probably would have a good bit more since I did start so young. When I got started my work career I took the Money out of the mutual fund and rolled it into my company stock which has turned out to be a great investment.

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4 J. Money April 9, 2019 at 6:58 am

I think it’s better to be invested – and learning – EARLY, even if you lose $$$, than later or worse – not at all. So I salute you 100%! That’s not easy to do when it’s more fun to spend growing up :)

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5 A Way to Less April 9, 2019 at 7:28 am

Sounds great!

Biggest mistake would have to be falling for a ‘big name’ and buying their expensive actively managed fund. Needless to say the performance was terrible.

Index trackers all the way from then on!

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6 J. Money April 9, 2019 at 9:47 am

A good lesson to learn earlier than later! When we’re talking a lot more $$$!

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7 Jessica April 9, 2019 at 7:31 am

The only single stock I ever bought was for Blockbuster video. Not sure what I was thinking! Obviously would do better research now :)

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8 J. Money April 9, 2019 at 9:50 am

That is too funny, haha…

Did you know there’s *ONE* last store around these days, which is now a tourist destination?!

It’s in Bend, Oregon :) You should visit it!

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9 Lauren April 9, 2019 at 7:35 am

The biggest fail I’ve had investing, is always backing down right before I should do it. I let the fear and what ifs get in the way!

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10 Jaime April 9, 2019 at 7:49 am

I suppose my biggest fail with investing is that I haven’t really started. I have a 401k (opened by default when I started working which ultimately is good because I probably wouldn’t have one otherwise). I left the company and started school again. At that point I guess my biggest fail was rolling it over to IRA and letting it sit as cash for approx 2 yrs. I had no clue what I was doing (and still don’t). Now that I am out of school I hope to start figuring out this whole investing thing and regularly contribute to it again.

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11 J. Money April 9, 2019 at 9:51 am

At least you rolled it over instead of cashing it out like a lot of people do!!

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12 jenifer April 9, 2019 at 7:59 am

my biggest fail with investing is that i haven’t figured out or have even started investing yet. i don’t know where to begin. also i have a ton of student loans and live paycheck to paycheck. i don’t have a clue as to what i am doing and want to learn more.

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13 Sarah April 9, 2019 at 8:23 am

As an old (broke af) millennial (34) my biggest mistake has been not investing. I was in the workforce for like 15 years without so much as a retirement fund. I’m in a job now where I’ll probably stay for life and have a defined benefit plan and I did just start putting a little money (about $40/month) into my 403(b) as well. I plan to up that amount as I pay off debts, but it’s definitely feeling like too little too late.

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14 Suz April 9, 2019 at 8:54 am

My biggest investing fail was not maxing out either my or my husband’s 401k earlier on. I’m definitely passing that advice on to my millennial so she can reach FI faster.

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15 J. Money April 9, 2019 at 9:52 am

If you need help convincing her, send her to this blog as I know how kids don’t always like to listen to their parents even though the words are exactly the same :)

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16 Suz April 9, 2019 at 8:35 pm

Ain’t that the truth! ;)

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17 Larry April 9, 2019 at 9:15 am

What’s the biggest fail you’ve had so far with investing?

My biggest fail was not getting started sooner!

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18 Carolyn April 9, 2019 at 9:24 am

My biggest fail? Not being consistent about saving. Quite a few years back I set up an automatic monthly investment but it was only $50. I could have easily afforded much more,and I probably would have never missed a penny.

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19 J. Money April 9, 2019 at 9:52 am

That’s better than nothing! Is it still going on? If so – I challenge you to up it to $100 now :)

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20 Bex April 9, 2019 at 9:56 am

Woop for world-wide give aways!

I think my biggest investing fail is not educating myself. I have some money in a fund but I was persuaded to keep it low risk, I didn’t have enough knowledge to know if this was good plam or not- still don’t- and I need to learn.

I also know as both a millenial and a woman that we statistically save cash rather than invest. I want to step up and start investing each month instead of putting cash away. If only there was an appropriate book to help me get started! :)

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21 J. Money April 10, 2019 at 7:24 am

If only! Haha…

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22 Bert April 9, 2019 at 10:14 am

My biggest fail was starting with an advisor who put me into an annuity contract (CD type) for my IRA. When he wanted me to sell that contract (and pay the huge redemption charges) and invest in another IRA a year later I had started to gain enough knowledge on my own to know he was in it only for the commissions. I continued gaining knowledge and experience (sometimes the hard way) and was able to comfortably retire at 57. I went from Broke Baby Boomer to living the good life.

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23 J. Money April 10, 2019 at 7:25 am

Some advisors really are the worst, ugh..

Congrats on the nice turn around though! Retirement sounds awfully nice! :)

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24 Shane Haff April 9, 2019 at 10:45 am

When I was in college I invested $500 into 5 different stocks, $100 into each. 3 of the 5 stocks became worthless virtually overnight while 1 held its value. But the 5th stock was in a pharmaceutical company and they patented a drug and prices skyrocketed. I was down 99% on the first 3 stocks but I was up over 800% on the pharma company. Rather than selling some of it I decided to ride it out because I was emotionally attached to it. A few months later they got wrapped up in a legal battle over undisclosed side effects and I lost it all, but I learned a valuable lesson: don’t try to day trade stocks. So now I just invest in index funds and call it good. It was probably the most important lesson I learned in college and only cost me $500 so I’ll call that a win.

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25 J. Money April 10, 2019 at 7:26 am

i would agree with that 100%!!

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26 Chase April 9, 2019 at 10:52 am

My biggest investing fail.. I think I have two

1) Not starting sooner!
2) Playing with day trading. Made some money. Lost some money. End of the day for me it was just gambling, and not something that ended positively.

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27 Lauren April 9, 2019 at 11:28 am

My biggest fail is NOT STARTING SOON ENOUGH.
Working on building up (faster) now!

I may not be a millennial, but i definitely could use some help / kickstarting!

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28 Kelly April 9, 2019 at 11:49 am

My biggest mistake(s)

1.) not starting soon enough / aggressive enough
2.) not understanding how much fees can eat into my earnings and that I should probably go with an index fund instead (I’m finally learning, through this site and others)
3.) still having student loans! (So I’m really interested in her advice about whether to pay debt first or focus on investing)

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29 J. Money April 10, 2019 at 7:27 am

It took me a while to figure out #2 up there myself… even being a financial blogger for years before hand!

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30 Kathryn April 9, 2019 at 12:10 pm

My biggest investing fail…would be not starting sooner! But thankfully i am (slowly) remedying that!

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31 Paul April 9, 2019 at 12:56 pm

My biggest investment fail so far: Snapchat. I’m glad I bailed when I did or it would have been a whole lot worse.

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32 J. Money April 10, 2019 at 7:28 am

haha… I don’t follow it at all, but I sure haven’t heard about them like I used to?

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33 Amy April 9, 2019 at 1:35 pm

Biggest investment fail has been not starting soon enough. I am a broke millennial with student loans, and really need to learn more about how to invest responsibly while paying off debt. Thankful for my retirement account (does that count as an investment?) but looking forward to getting in a bit deeper.

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34 J. Money April 10, 2019 at 7:29 am

It 100% counts!! Retirement accounts make up a bulk of my entire net worth! :)

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35 Kim Newman April 9, 2019 at 1:53 pm

Mine was buying an investment I didn’t understand based on a broker’s advice – buy a bond fund. I was told it was safe, etc. Imagine my surprise when the value per share went down and the broker said when the interest rates go up, the value goes down . . . needless to say, when I was about even, I jumped out.

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36 Jodi April 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Jeez… my biggest fail was not taking control of my investments long before my divorce. I let my ex manage everything which obviously was a huge mistake. I’ve since moved away from big investment to a roboadvisor but really need to understand more. Lol. Hence, I can’t wait to gets some knowledge on investing.

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37 Michael April 9, 2019 at 2:02 pm

My biggest fail is probably leaving so much money in my regular checking account. I know I need to use money to make money, but I worry a lot about putting it in the right places, and I’ve been a little paralyzed by choice. Hopefully this book will help, thanks!

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38 Jason M April 9, 2019 at 2:20 pm

Ugh, this is painful to think back on but liquidated my 401 in 2000 when I left that company. Kinda needed it for some unexpected expenses, but thinking back I should have side hussled more to make up for them.

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39 J. Money April 10, 2019 at 7:30 am

Definitely not fun at all :(

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40 Lisa April 9, 2019 at 2:53 pm

My biggest is fail is being afraid to invest! I mean, I invest in my 457 and IRA but that’s it – and fear is the reason why.

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41 J. Money April 10, 2019 at 7:31 am

That’s pretty good though!! Investments doesn’t necessarily need to mean “brokerage account” or other types – it all helps grow your wealth! :)

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42 William April 9, 2019 at 3:07 pm

My biggest investment fail as a younger millennial was not immediatly investing in my employer sponsered plan when they offer an employee match for about three years.

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43 Mags April 9, 2019 at 3:58 pm

Not opening a Roth IRA when I was the “Smoothie Queen” at 16 years old where I worked during my high school summers.

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44 J. Money April 10, 2019 at 7:32 am

I want to know more about this “Smoothie Queen” gig, haha…

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45 Andrew April 9, 2019 at 4:23 pm

My biggest investment fail to date is investing a large chunk of money in a friends business that I really believed in and did a lot of due diligence on. Ultimately they couldn’t get the main financial backing they needed to scale and they had to shut down and I lost everything. Still in my twenties, so time to recoup, but still a heartbreak as that money could have gone a long way as we are working towards purchasing a house now.

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46 J. Money April 10, 2019 at 7:33 am

Totally :(

At least it was something you believed in and researched though!! Could have very easily gone the other way in an alternate world!

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47 Lily April 9, 2019 at 5:38 pm

I think my biggest investing fail is being too scared to invest! I’m 23 and just graduated from college, and have some general anxiety around money that makes me feel like parting with it – even when I KNOW I’ll be making more off it if I do – is too scary. I do put 5% of my paycheck into a retirement account (and soon I’ll unlock my employer match!) but I know I could be doing more…I just don’t really understand the concrete next steps I should be taking, and I’m a little too scared to research them myself. That’s what I’d hope a book like this one could give me a kick in the pants with!

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48 J. Money April 10, 2019 at 7:33 am

It’s good you know yourself so well!!! I hope you get the book whether you win it or not! :)

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49 Sharon April 9, 2019 at 5:54 pm

My husband managed our investments and when he died very unexpectedly at the age of 51, I was too devastated to function for about a year. As I finally began to come out of the fog I let my CPA who is also an investment person manage my finances. He charged me 4% per year and I lost money. It took me several years but I finally took it back into my own hands and IMMEDIATELY made money. I am very leery of trusting someone else now and my return on investment last year was outstanding. He can do my taxes, but I would never trust him to help me make my retirement secure.

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50 J. Money April 10, 2019 at 7:34 am

Damn, sorry to hear :( As if losing your husband wasn’t enough!

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51 Randy April 9, 2019 at 6:06 pm

When I was young and just getting started I’m invested I followed the advice of a friend on a hot stock tip. Needless to say I lost a few grand and learned an important lesson. Always do your own due diligence!!

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52 Kelli April 9, 2019 at 6:20 pm

My biggest investing fail was waiting so long to get started! I literally just got into the market LAST MONTH, and I wish I had started way back when I first started working. That said, better late than never!

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53 Aisha April 9, 2019 at 6:25 pm

Hi J. Money and Erin,

Great advice from both of you and thanks for helping the investing clueless like me. Since this contest is open worldwide, I thought I might as well give it a try.

My biggest investing mistake would be ‘investing’/jumping into penny stocks when I was new to investing and didn’t have much prior knowledge. Since then I have learned not to treat investing as speculation and do more research.
Slightly unrelated, but tracking my spending and net worth has opened my eyes to my financial habits. My money no longer mysteriously goes down a black hole (I just used to think it did lol). I still have loads to learn but I am getting there :)

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54 J. Money April 10, 2019 at 7:35 am

YAYY!! So glad to hear!! Keep on going – it gets even easier over the years! :)

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55 Jon April 9, 2019 at 8:55 pm

My biggest fail? When I first got out of college I listened to a co-worker about a ‘guaranteed” high return investment. I went with him to a meeting and got sucked into handing over $400 cash with a promise to double my money. Well, turns out that it was a ponzi scheme and I was on the tail end so the whole thing failed and I was out $400. Tough lesson learned. And to this day that co-worker is not on my christmas card list.

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56 J. Money April 10, 2019 at 7:35 am

(I spit out my coffee on that last line!!)

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57 Ashley April 9, 2019 at 9:34 pm

In 2007 my husband wanted to by gold…we let a financial advisor talk us out of it…prices tripled that year…..

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58 J. Money April 10, 2019 at 7:36 am

Haha well, most times speculating like that can lead to trouble, so just bad timing on that one ;)

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59 Rich April 9, 2019 at 11:30 pm

Off the top of my head, my biggest investment fail was the result of overconfidence. After investing years in stocks, I decided I wanted more upside potential in my investments. I started to tip my toes in option investing.

My first foray into options, I sold a put option on Microsoft. It expired without exercise and I pocketed the premium. Made a few grand off of it. With this win, I decided to up the ante on the next option investment. I purchased a put option for $35,000 on a stock and thought that stock would surely fall in price. Unfortunately, the stock sky rocketed. I held onto my options and they expired worthless. I lost the entire $35,000 amount.

That was the last investment I’ve made in option investing and that was about 10 years ago.

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60 J. Money April 10, 2019 at 7:36 am

Ouch!!!! You have some cajones! Haha…

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61 dan April 10, 2019 at 9:10 am

My huge investing fail was because of an investing “win” – it was in 2012 and I was becoming more comfortable with investing on my own. I had invested in a few really good individual stocks and mutual funds, made some money, and got cocky & stupid.

I found this ETF that had dropped a lot but had some positive reviews. I thought, “What a great opportunity! It’s ‘on sale’ – I’ll buy it and ride the wave back up!”

The ETF did a series of splits over the next 18 months because it did so bad and my investment eventually went to $0. I lost about $6K, which would have been a TON had I known the difference between an index fund and an ETF from 2012 to today!

Lessons learned:
1) ETFs are passively managed – this makes them cheap and likely dangerous, UNLESS they track an index (a real one, like the S&P 500 or Russell 2500, not some made-up one!)
2) My investing behavioral psychology was WRONG! I thought I could “outsmart” everyone and that “what goes down must come up” – NOT when it’s an ETF! Could it have happened? Sure. Did it? Nope, I took a 100% loss.
3) This pushed me to take a step back and I realized that I hadn’t made money up to that point because I was so smart, but rather 10% my smarts/work and 90% luck/timing. It pushed me to dive into reading more about investing.

I highly recommend the following books, in this order:
A Simple Path to Wealth
The Boglehead’s Guide to Investing
A Random Walk Down Wallstreet
Bogle on Mutual Funds
All About Asset Allocation
Rational Expectations – Asset Allocation for Adults

These should save you a $6K mistake! Good luck!
dan

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62 J. Money April 10, 2019 at 5:12 pm

Haha Agreed!!!

All very excellent books too – thanks for passing these forward for people to see!

(and you’re 100% now entered for the giveaway too, haha… does that help make up for the $6,000 loss??! ;))

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63 dan April 19, 2019 at 12:40 am

it’s totally worth! :I

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64 Ann Marie April 10, 2019 at 9:52 am

To date – I put $500 in Bitcoin early 2018…it was at a low of $120 in December and it actually at $200.00. I’m taking it as a loss, but going to leave the money in it for a few years – hey, maybe just maybe I’ll make my money back with another surge – those Winklevoss are relentless.

Besides that, I’d like to learn more about investing. I’m sinking funds into my Roth IRA and 401K now regularly and more aggressively at the age of 40 – I regret not starting earlier! And am now educating myself slowly with investing – this book would help!

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65 J. Money April 10, 2019 at 5:13 pm

I’d do the same thing with the bitcoin at this point :) the trick is finally cashing out once/if it does go back up later again and no getting sucked in! (I tried it for a month and quickly bailed as I realized it was not for me… and then literally weeks later it crashed hard!! Ack!)

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66 McKenzie April 10, 2019 at 10:28 am

What’s the biggest fail you’ve had so far with investing?

Not rolling over my IRA $ from my last job soon enough. Those few months it could have been earning more in a ROTH IRA than the CD it was sitting in.
Also (not the biggest but worth an honourable mention) investing $ in GE and Ford when they were at their last high $30 and $14 respectively.

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67 J. Money April 10, 2019 at 5:14 pm

A few months ain’t bad!

You should read the other stories from people who *cashed out* their old IRAs! That’s scary! ;)

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68 Kris April 10, 2019 at 5:30 pm

My biggest investing fail so far was putting a big chunk of my 401K portfolio into target date funds. I didn’t know a whole lot about investing at that time and just relied on the Fidelity advisor to tell me where I should put my money.
A year into investing at target date funds, I realized that the fees for these funds were really high asset allocation in these funds didn’t really meet my investment goals.

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69 J. Money April 10, 2019 at 5:53 pm

There could have been worse ways to invest in!! Like all cash! :) Or who knows what other funds employers offer up – i’ve heard of some nasty ones!

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70 Tabitha April 11, 2019 at 12:59 pm

My biggest investing fail really just has to do with not starting earlier! We had accumulated 6 figures and kept talking about what we should be doing with it, but it still took longer than I would like to admit to invest our excess funds in the market.

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71 J. Money April 11, 2019 at 6:08 pm

Oh wow – at least you got the hard part out of the way!! Stashing 6 figures is no joke!

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72 Nacho n April 12, 2019 at 12:21 am

I was gonna buy Netflix when it was first starting out and taking on blockbuster, but my dad convinced me not to. Doh!

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73 J. Money April 12, 2019 at 6:12 am

Just tell me you didn’t then double down on Blockbuster??! :)

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74 Chris April 12, 2019 at 10:32 am

My biggest fail? Not starting until age 32. HOWEVER, I’m putting a larger percentage away, so I feel like I’m making up for it :)

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75 TC April 12, 2019 at 12:24 pm

My biggest fail was investing in companies only because I knew the names or used the products, instead of doing actual research on the fundamentals … bad idea!

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76 J. Money April 12, 2019 at 1:54 pm

It is a lot more fun though :)

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77 Claudia Scott April 12, 2019 at 7:03 pm

My biggest money fail is not being aggressive about paying off debt. I always assumed it was just part of life. Once I started the debt snowball and focused I knocked it out fast. Wish I hadn’t waited so long to send extra payments. Ya live amd ya learn.

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78 Adel April 13, 2019 at 11:53 pm

My biggest fail was investing in Bitcoins when they were at top price $19000. My friend kept telling me that he is reading a lot of blogs that say that it will continue to grow to $72000, so I got greedy and decided to invest in it. I didn’t learn from my mistake and invested some more when prices when down on Lite coin. Now my investment is work 25% of the actual amount that I invested. So I decided to leave that money there and see what’s going to happen over months/years.

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79 Melissa April 14, 2019 at 11:23 am

My biggest failure in investing so far has been jumping into the cryptocurrency hype when that space was blowing up. I actually made two mistakes, investing without truly understanding and then not pulling out when the crypto world was at its height! Now my investments are in the negative but I’m still holding on, bc my stubborn self thinks it will make a comeback ;) we shall see. All my subsequent investments have been in more stable vehicles, 401k, Roth, and 529 plan.

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80 Kate April 14, 2019 at 8:46 pm

Not starting to invest in my work 403b early enough. I was investing in in a taxable account and was reluctant to give up the extra flexibility of doing so. But once I started maxing out the 403b and saw that I was facing significant tax savings…I was a convert.

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81 J. Money April 15, 2019 at 7:44 am

**** Giveaway now over! ****

Big congrats to Stephanie C. and Chase for winning free copies of the book!!

Thanks for participating, everybody…

We’ll be doing another giveaway in the future, I’m sure :)

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