Tips to Tuck Into Your Shirt Pocket

So the New Year is upon us at last. I have thrown out a few ideas and predictions for the stock market in the year ahead, and it's my hope that these cheap stocks will allow us to make some money over the next year or two. But, before we move into Monday-night party mode to celebrate the random turning of a calendar page, I would like to share some thoughts and ideas that might be even more helpful than a handful of stock ideas.

These market maxims just might help keep your approach to investing businesslike, as Ben Graham suggested many years ago -- giving you the thought processes needed to stay calm, and buy fear and sell greed. None of them are entirely original, and have been stolen part and parcel from some of the greatest investors in history. They have served me well for a long time now, and I hope they work for you, too....797 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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