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My Investing Misstep

Back in June 2000, this magazine ran an article titled "True Confessions," which related the tale of one editor's foray into the dark excesses of the dot-com-era stock market. The author, who chose to remain anonymous, confessed not only to investing in a number of wildly inflated tech stocks but also to buying them -- gasp -- on margin. "In retrospect," he wrote, "I

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