10 Potential Investing Land Mines to Avoid in 2019

There’s never a shortage of ways to put your money to work.

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There’s never a shortage of ways to put your money to work. Something is always making forward progress – even if it’s at the expense of other investment options.

But steering clear of a particular stock, sector or even entire investment category can be just as financially rewarding as stepping into a winner. When you sidestep a setback, you don’t have a loss to offset, which in turn means your portfolio’s net performance is that much stronger.

Here is a rundown of investments you should strive to avoid in 2019. Some were all the rage in 2018, while others couldn’t pick themselves up off the mat. That means some of these flops may just be a continuation from 2018 – but in some cases, changes are afoot that may push these picks out of their current favor. In all cases, the experts fear that the coming year may be big trouble for these 10 potential investing land mines.

Data is as of Dec. 17, 2018.

James Brumley
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com
James Brumley is a former stock broker, registered investment adviser and Director of Research for an options-focused newsletter. He's now primarily a freelance writer, tapping more than a decade's worth of broad experience to help investors get more out of the market. With a background in technical analysis as well as fundamental analysis, James touts stock-picking strategies that combine the importance of company performance with the power of stock-trade timing. He believes this dual approach is the only way an investor has a shot at consistently beating the market. James' work has appeared at several websites including Street Authority, Motley Fool, Kapitall and Investopedia. When not writing as a journalist, James works on his book explaining his multi-pronged approach to investing.