Top 4 Secrets of an Investing Pro

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If you sometimes feel as if everyone but you was given a golden guide to savvy investing—a cheat sheet, if you will—take heart in this knowledge: There really isn’t a holy grail for investing. Sure, it helps to read the right books and visit the right websites, but more than anything, you need the right experience.

Many investing professionals have years of carefully culled experience under their belts, which helps to explain why they’re so good at their craft. Of course, we know that average investors don’t necessarily have the time to dedicate years to improving their own investing know-how, so we asked Brandie Farnam, a LearnVest Planning Services CFP®, to divulge four professional investing tricks that anyone can use—years of experience not required.