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Take This Investing IQ Quiz to See What You Know

Your answers will show whether it's time to bone up

By Walter Updegrave

(This article previously appeared on

It’s been easy to score big gains in stocks the past few years. But if the recent turmoil in the market continues, you’re going to need more than luck to succeed.

When the market delivers outsize performance, as it has in recent years, many investors mistakenly attribute their success to investing prowess when they’re actually only riding the crest of a bull market. Market pros have a term for such people: “bull market geniuses.”

(MORE: Take This Retirement IQ Quiz)

To find out how savvy you actually are about investing, take my 10-question quiz below, compare your answers to the correct ones and then see how you rank in's scoring system.


        Test Your Investing IQ


Walter Updegrave is the editor of, a site that offers easy-to-understand-and-follow advice on retirement and investing. Walter previously wrote the Ask the Expert column for and MONEY Magazine and has published four books on personal finance. If you have a question on retirement or investing that you would like Walter to answer online, send it to Ask Real Deal Retirement. You can follow Walter on Twitter @RealDealRetire and reach him at [email protected]. Read More
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