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January 11, 2022

5 Common Investing Mistakes to Avoid

Avoid these common mistakes to make the most of your investments.

Investing is an effective way to boost your financial security and build your wealth, but it isn’t an automatic financial advancement. By learning the don’ts of investing, you can focus on making mindful financial improvements.

Failing to start or forgetting to continue.

Oftentimes, people neglect to initiate an investment portfolio. Many people decide not to participate simply because they lack common knowledge about the investment process. Similarly, many people lose money due to inactivity and absence of financial management. To get the most out of your finances, take time to explore and research investing resources while also consistently managing your contributions. Helpful resources include,, and The Economist magazine.

Not understanding the investment.

When deciding whether or not to make an investment, be sure to conduct some research. Take a look at the company’s business model, and investigate how the company compares to its industry peers. Even though all investments involve risk to some degree, it’s important to consider and understand all financial possibilities.

Not giving your investments time to grow.

When it comes to investing, having a realistic and balanced mindset is key. Don’t bail early and know that it often takes time to attain financial gain. Try to set practical expectations and a timeline for your investments from the start. Doing so will help you measure the effectiveness of the investment in the long run.

Failing to diversify your investments.

In order to stabilize the risk and return associated with your investments, you should broaden your investment horizon. Too much diversification in a portfolio can negatively affect your investment, while not enough can limit your investment. To find balance in your investments and seek out the best course of action, contact one of our financial advisors at Citizens First Bank.

Constantly watching the market.

While it’s wise to stay informed about what’s happening in the market and the economy, it’s easy to be influenced by the continuous amount of changes, information, and details available. Because the economy is always moving, trying to keep up with every change is a recipe for disaster. Stick with your original investment strategy and try to avoid repeatedly checking or changing your investments. It’s a good rule of thumb to look at your investments three to four times a year.

Don’t let these mistakes keep you from attaining your investment goals. Our experienced team is here to help you. Ask your local Citizens First Bank for investing advice or any questions you may have. Feel free to stop in, give us a call or visit our website today.