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5 Scariest Money Mistakes

Halloween is right around the corner, but it’s the stock market that’s giving most Americans the real fright. Rising with authority one day — as if all our economic woes were behind us — and then crashing with a retirement-ruining scream the next. It’s the equivalent of thinking that you’ve just made it through the Haunted House to safety, only to find that the zombies are real and they’re chasing you into the parking lot.

But just as commercial haunted houses are usually pretty safe, the market isn’t dangerous unless you get so frightened or confused that you do something stupid that will come back to haunt you, says Rimmy Malhotra, co-founder of GoalMine, an investment web site.

Here are the 5 most terrifying investment mistakes you can make.