Investment horror stories and the lessons they teach

These tales of terror from investing experts at Morningstar carry valuable warnings for investors.

Ruth Saldanha 31 October, 2018 | 5:00PM



The Great Depression. The OPEC Oil Embargo. The Dot-Com Bust. The Lehman Brothers Crash.

The memories send chills running down the spines of most investors. The rising panic as stocks crash, the desperate rush to sell, no value to be found anywhere. These are the stories that Bay Street whispers in the dead of night. Stories so grim, so full of hopelessness, that many try to banish them from their minds.

For this Halloween, we asked our in-house investors 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.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar Rating
Automatic Data Processing Inc166.33 USD-0.51
Berkshire Hathaway Inc B216.06 USD-0.91
Caterpillar Inc128.25 USD-0.58
Morningstar Inc155.13 USD-0.03
Sears Holdings Corp0.25 USD-0.48
Walmart Inc113.78 USD-0.53

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Ruth Saldanha  Ruth Saldanha is Senior Editor at Morningstar.ca