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Investors are routinely warned about allowing their emotions to influence their decisions. However, they are not often cautioned that their preconceptions and biases may color their financial choices.

In a battle between the facts & biases, our biases may win, especially when we don’t realize we have them. If we acknowledge this tendency, we may be able to avoid making unexamined choices when it comes to personal finance. It may actually "pay" to recognize blind spots and biases with investing.

Here are some common examples of bias creeping into our financial lives.

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Rare collectibles can provide an entertaining form of alternative “investment,” and might seem particularly intriguing when markets are wobblier than Aunt Gertrude’s jello salad. Comic books can sell for millions of dollars, for example, depending on their rarity and condition. We’ve seen a copy of Detective Comics #27 (the first appearance of Batman) sell at $1.5 million.

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High net worth investors face investment challenges that some would consider unique to their financial status. The fundamental tenets of investing apply equally to them as with any other investor, but the affluent investor needs to be mindful of issues that typically arise only from substantial wealth.

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Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. It’s a colloquial saying we’ve heard many times, and it’s an important one when it comes to your investment strategy. We know diversification makes good sense and can help you reach your long-term goals. But occasionally, a certain stock will come along that can make you throw disciplined investment principles out the window. Sometimes, the allure of individual stocks is just too attractive to the average investor.

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