Don't Let the Day's News Drive Your Investing

Constantly checking market results practically begs you to do something, even if doing nothing is the best course.

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If you’re looking for a completely delightful experience, disconnect yourself from the markets for a few weeks—maybe longer. Don’t read the news. Don’t watch the indexes. Don’t check your portfolio. Just go away and live a normal life. See things. Touch nature. Sing. Hike. Dance. Meet people. Talk with your family. Once you return to reality and review the investment news you missed, you may well conclude that ignorance really is bliss.

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Kathy Kristof
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Kristof, editor of SideHusl.com, is an award-winning financial journalist, who writes regularly for Kiplinger's Personal Finance and CBS MoneyWatch. She's the author of Investing 101, Taming the Tuition Tiger and Kathy Kristof's Complete Book of Dollars and Sense. But perhaps her biggest claim to fame is that she was once a Jeopardy question: Kathy Kristof replaced what famous personal finance columnist, who died in 1991? Answer: Sylvia Porter.