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Everything I Need to Know about Investing I Learned at the Beach

Monday's blog post announced I was back from the beach and once again manning my station here at SMI.
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Is Investor Cash On Hand Reason For Stock Market Optimism?

I've long been skeptical about bullish stock market arguments that are based on the amount of cash investors have "on the sidelines". These types of numbers are often based on the flow of funds into and out of certain
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Don't Be Bullish. Don't Be Bearish. Be Flexible and Self-Controlled.

Hey friends! Back from a great time at the beach with Susie and the family, and settling in for doing my part in preparing the July issue. Want to thank my great team for keeping the SMI trains running in my absence.
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Money Roundup: Including Yourself in Your Portfolio, The Brilliance of Bull Market Investors, and More

This week’s picks for the best in personal finance from around the web. Are you an asset in your own portfolio? (US News). How strong is your personal balance sheet? The hidden cost of retiring early (CNNMoney). How
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Stealth Correction Update - It's Over

A month ago, I wrote about the stealth correction that was going on in the stock market, specifically among small-company stocks. I followed that up with another post the following week suggesting that the best response to
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Why Aren’t We More Generous - Part 2

We've been exploring the generosity of American Christians, looking at research from the book, Passing the Plate, that shows us to be relatively ungenerous, and examining some of the possible reasons why. We've already
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Random Good News

A few random bits of good news: Goldman's top economist says the economy is finally growing at an above-trend pace for the first time in this recovery. Business Insider backs up that claim with several specific
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The Refinancing Train Is Leaving The Station

It's been roughly 18 months since SMI last looked at the ins and outs of refinancing a home mortgage. But some things have changed since then that merit taking another quick look at the issue. What's changed? Interest
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Money Roundup: Weighing The Market's Worries, Getting Too Comfortable With Risk, and More

This week's picks for the best in personal finance from around the web. With stocks at record highs, what could go wrong? (Wall Street Journal). The Journal rates the worries. 5 financial lessons from a parent's last
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Learn To Ignore P/E Arguments

The Price/Earnings (P/E) ratio is probably the most overused statistic in financial media. And perhaps one of the least useful. One reason P/E is so widely used is that it's relatively easy to calculate. It also offers a
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