Investment Horror Stories for Halloween

Gather round and hark these tales of horror, and learn from these mistakes!

Ruth Saldanha 28 October, 2021 | 9:16AM
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It’s a dark and stormy night – or a brightly lit desk in an open floor plan office – when you spot an opportunity. Shadowy, distant, and…. perfect. This is the one that will make you rich beyond your wildest dreams. Or is it?...The rising panic as stocks fall, the desperate rush to sell, no value to be found anywhere. These are the stories that Bay Street and Wall Street whisper in the dead of night. Stories so grim, so full of fear, that many try to banish them from their minds.

This Halloween, we asked some foremost financiers and voices of reason to dig deep into the depths of despair, to find their worst investment horror stories, and relive them here, on these pages, and share the lessons they learned, to help you, retail investors, steer clear of these pitfalls and bypass the descent into the madness of financial disaster. March 2020. The oil-pocalypse. The emerging market party that never came…. Hear these tales of terror so that you may tread carefully:

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Ruth Saldanha

Ruth Saldanha  is Senior Editor, Morningstar.ca