A few columns back, I did a piece about the risks of taking tips when investing, whether from friends, family, or even financial planners. I always ascribed to the theory of not plunking my money down on any product or service with which I have not had some relationship.

Sometimes that is good and sometimes it is not. And sometimes, you are just dealing with pure luck. Taking tips has burned me too often but I have not been damaged when I go with products and services that I actually use and like.

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