How Doing Nothing Can Pay Off for Investors

For the three-month period during which I essentially ignored my investments, the Practical Investing portfolio rose 10%.

The first thing I used to ask my children when I returned from a business trip was, “Did you miss me?” By the time they were teens, they would respond to my re­appearances with highly developed sarcasm: “Were you gone?” So for those of you who might ask the same question (sarcastically or otherwise) about the recent absence of my column from these pages, I should mention that I’ve been on a three-month sabbatical.

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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.