5 Lessons From My Winning Investments

Reviewing past investing decisions, whether they've yielded good or bad results, will help you become a better investor.

I’ve spent the past few months discussing some of the errors I’ve made in my Practical Investing portfolio, so I thought it might be time to talk about a few of my winners. This exercise isn’t just to massage my bruised ego (although it does feel a lot better than berating myself for missteps). Investors can learn from both wise and unwise moves. Periodically reviewing your decisions—and thinking about what, if anything, you would do differently—can help you become a better investor.

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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.