5 Ways to Lose Money

Don't fall for these investing traps.

Warren Buffett frequently reminds listeners: "It's better to learn from other people's mistakes as much as possible." In that spirit, here are five traps that can snare even conscientious investors:

1. The game has changed. There's a fine line between opportunity and trouble when a once-strong business goes into decline, as investors in newspapers have learned in recent years.

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Whitney Tilson
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance