7. Avoid the so Called Winners.
When researching your mutual fund, you should notice that you get an outlook for the fund, which will tell you the rate of return you can expect over one year, three years, five years, and ten years, so on. It is easy to get wrapped up and sucked into an investment that is booming right now, and totally disregard that its potential long-term outlook may be bleak. This is a trap that many investors make based on the “now” hype of a fund and it can really sink an investment in a hurry. Rather than looking at the “now” fund, consider taking a look at the long-term outlook of the fund and make your decision based on this. Of course if you are having any difficulty making a decision, you should discuss your options with your financial advisor so that you can make the best, informed decision for you and your investment.