The biggest mistake investors make

The biggest mistake investors make

Identify these two key factors


Any successful portfolio needs a smart plan behind it. While most of us look at earnings and interest rates and a range of factors outside our control, one of the biggest factors when it comes to portfolio success is actually investor behaviour.

With our May 7 Invest for Success event coming up this week in downtown Toronto, we reached out to one of our panelists, Rona Birenbaum, a MoneySense Approved financial planner at Caring for Clients, for some advice.

MoneySense: Rona, what would you say are the biggest mistakes that investors make when it comes to their relationship with their investments?

Birenbaum: I’d say the biggest mistake investors make is avoiding the type of comprehensive financial planning exercise that would identify:

  1. The rate of return they need to meet their goals. (Most investors unknowingly take on more risk than necessary); and
  2. The areas over which they do have control and that can influence their long-term financial security

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Hear Rona Birenbaum and others, including Kurt Reiman, chief investment strategist for BlackRock Canada and MoneySense columnist Dan Bortolotti share more investing tips on May 7 in Toronto.

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