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Many Workers Blindly Optimistic About Retirement

An increasing number of today’s workers are confident they’re headed toward a secure, comfortable retirement. But how they feel about their future is far different from how prepared they are. That was the main finding from
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Gold Has Rallied to a Six-Month High

In the upcoming April issue, we suggest "How SMI Readers Can Reduce the Risk of Investing in Gold." In short, we compare the virtues of using the gold component in our Optional Inflation Hedges portfolio (where the shares
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Money Roundup: Why Planning to Work Late in Life May Not Work, the Funny Side of Stock Market Analysis, and More

This week's picks for the best in personal finance from around the web. The gray jobs enigma (NY Times). More on the disconnect between the intention to work in later life and the reality that relatively few retirees
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Happy Birthday, Bull Market

We're busily writing the April issue, but I didn't want the occasion of the bull market entering its sixth year to pass by unmentioned this week. The current bull began on March 10, 2009 — hard to believe it's been five
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What’s Your Plan?

We often talk about the importance of having an investment plan, preferably a written plan. It’s always a good idea, but especially so during times of volatility when our emotions can get the best of us. If you regularly
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Market-Timing Newsletters Hits and Misses

Mark's post from last week, Amateur Market Timing May Cost More Than You Think, was spot on. I'm here to point out it's not only "amateur' market-timing that falls short. So does the professional version. You may be
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Money Roundup: Assessing The Market On The Bull's Fifth Birthday, Great Investors Stay Out Of Their Own Way, and More

This week's picks for the best in personal finance from around the web. 4 potential killers lurk as bull market hits 5 (USA TODAY). Birthdays, even for bull markets, are a good time for reflection. Wall Street reaction
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Biotech Is A Bubble. Long Live Biotech.

Last week, Austin wrote about the incredible run biotech has been on and how it has propelled Sound Mind Investing's Sector Rotation strategy to fantastic profits over the past two years. In that post, he linked to
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All Retirement Planning is Local

In the world of personal finance, there’s no end to the number of confusing, contradictory, and misleading messages about investing. One site that I generally like but that is also the “poster site” for conflicting
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Amateur Market Timing May Cost More Than You Think

Yesterday, Austin quoted Warren Buffett saying, "Sir Isaac might well have gone on to discover the Fourth Law of Motion: For investors as a whole, returns decrease as motion increases." This idea that investors cost
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