Profitable Ideas: Investing Missteps, Shore Up Your ID Theft Protection, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web.

Investors doubled their stock market losses in 2018 by making this costly mistake. Here’s how to avoid it (Money). The dangers of letting your emotions get the best of you. Here’s a better approach.

I decided to pay off my mortgage by age 40, and I’m convinced it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done (Business Insider). Some people say it’s foolish to pay off a mortgage early if you have a low interest rate, but sometimes the best financial decisions require more than a spreadsheet.

Money matters (The Humble Dollar). Why money is such a poor way to gauge value.

Fights over estates can tear families apart (Independence Advisors). How you can make things go smoother for your heirs.

The problems with do-it-yourself online wills (Next Avenue). The cost savings may look appealing, but you may end up paying a higher price in the end.

How to work through financial conflicts in your marriage (Bible Money Matters). Good guidance for the financial disagreements many couples face.

Identity theft: Act now to protect yourself (Kiplinger). The problem is only getting worse. Here’s how to shore up your defense.

Using the bank your college recommended? Check for fees (CNBC). Students need to be careful. The bank recommended by their college may not be best.

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