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20 tips for being a smarter investor

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Like many Americans, you're probably torn between wanting to earn as high a return as possible on money invested for retirement, education or other expenses and fear of the risks inherent in investment markets. The Financial Planning Association, an association of certified financial planners in the U.S., has put together a list of 20 key steps to wisely managing your investments and achieving your financial goals. Here, CNBC.com presents an annotated version of the list. (To download the full text of the brochure, "20 Keys to Being a Smart Investor," click here.)



By CNBC's Kenneth Kiesnoski
Posted 11 December 2015

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