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Money Roundup: Stocks and Saber-Rattling, The Most Important Benchmark, and More

Here's our weekly collection of worth-reading articles from around the web:

What to do with stocks if the U.S. and North Korea go to war (MarketWatch). The estimable Mark Hulbert notes that "doing nothing is almost always the best investment strategy during a geopolitical crisis."

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When a fund manager departs

You're invested in a well-performing mutual fund. The highly regarded fund manager appears to be at the top of his game. Everything is going great.

Then the manager announces he is retiring, or perhaps leaving for greener pastures. Should you sell that fund?

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Money Roundup: Worrying, Wasting Time, and More

Once you’re done reading the new August issue of the SMI newsletter, check out these recent articles from across the web:

Investors, stop worrying about why ‘nobody’ is worrying (The Wall Street Journal). The WSJ’s Jason Zweig argues that the current period of low volatility isn’t necessarily a harbinger of a bad market to come. But that doesn’t mean you should be complacent.

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Diversifying Abroad: A Primer on International Investing

The United States of America remains the center of the investing universe, but trends set in motion long ago seem certain to diminish its prominence in the decades ahead. As the 21st century unfolds, other nations and regions will become increasingly attractive to investors, bolstered by favorable demographics, rapidly expanding middle classes, and the globalization of financial markets. This primer is intended to help SMI readers gain a general understanding of the broadening investing landscape.

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Searching For An Alternative To AARP? Here Are Six Options

AARP, the nation’s largest organization for older Americans, traces its heritage to the late 1940s when a high-school principal set out to make sure retired teachers had adequate health insurance. About a decade later, the group she founded, the National Retired Teachers Association, expanded its membership and became the American Association of Retired Persons.

In the 1990s, that organization dropped its full title — along with the requirement that its members be retired — and became simply “AARP,” targeted to people ages 50 and up.

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At Long Last, Rates for Savers Begin to Rise

The Fed’s latest interest-rate increase, continuing a rate-hike pattern started in December 2015, is nudging rates higher for savings accounts, money-market accounts, and certificates of deposit. Rates paid on savings vehicles have been at record lows since late 2008 when the central bank implemented a “zero-rate policy” in response to the unfolding financial crisis.

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This is Your Brain on Generosity

“You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” — The Apostle Paul, Acts:20:34-35 (NASB)

"Neuroeconomics" is a relatively new field that brings together elements of economics, psychology, and neuroscience in an attempt to explain human decision-making. In other words, neuroeconomics tries to explain how various financial, psychological, and neural factors work together as we make money-related choices.

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SMI on the Radio – Keeping Financial Fear in Check

The truths of Scripture can protect us from unwise financial decisions, and also from the fear of loss that often drives such decisions.

SMI’s Matt Bell talks about that on today’s Moneywise with hosts Rob West and Steve Moore. Matt also explains why it’s important to “tune out the noise” and maintain a long-term outlook.

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Money Roundup: Seeing Red, Building Savings, and More

Here is our weekly grab-bag of interesting news items and other thought-provoking pieces:

It’s the little things that can color an investor’s outlook (The Wall Street Journal). Many websites show investment gains in green pixels and losses in red. New research suggests those colors can have a powerful influence on investor behavior.

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Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and…Investing?

With Major League Baseball's "Midsummer Classic" (i.e.,  the annual All-Star Game) being played tonight, I was reminded of a fascinating Prager University video commentary I saw a few months ago by columnist George Will. It's titled "Baseball: As Unique as America." If you're a fan, you'll find it an enjoyable 5-and-a-half minutes.

For our purposes, I want to home in on one section of Mr. Will's commentary — one that relates to investing success:

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