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Sighting: Thinking of Selling Your Home?

“It’s still predominately a seller’s market, but less so than the last year or two,” said Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist. “Some advantages are moving back to buyers; but largely and broadly…it’s still favoring
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Sighting: Raise Your Hand if You Hate the Tax Code

The good news is Americans are fed up with the current code. The bad news is most think the biggest problem is that corporations and the rich don’t pay enough. A Pew Research Center survey found that 59% of the public say
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Sighting: On the Extremes

There’s a strong tendency in the financial markets to live in the extremes. That is, we often draw a line in the sand. You’re either bullish OR bearish. You’re in OR you’re out. You’re on this side OR that. But like most
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Money Roundup: Why It’s Hard to Spot a Bear, Signs of Life on the Inflation Watch, and More

This week’s picks for the best investing and personal finance articles from around the web. You won’t know the bull market is over until the bear is here (MarketWatch). Yet another reason to avoid attempts at market
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Enhanced Just-the-Basics Update: Q2 2015

The Enhanced Just-the-Basics page has been updated with the second quarter 2015 selections.
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A Tuesday Dose Of March Madness

This past Saturday, Austin and I (along with former SMI staffer Matthew Pryor) joined 22,000 other wackos here in the college basketball capital of the world to engage in Louisville's local obsession: watching the NCAA
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My Glad Acceptance of Social Security (and Reluctant Entry into the Bizarre World of Medicare)

For me, this is a year of "big" anniversaries. Sound Mind Investing turns 25, Susie and I will celebrate our 50th anniversary, and—stunning as it is for me to realize—I’ll be turning 70 in a few weeks. That last item
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Money Roundup: The Bond Market That Won’t Crash, The Fed Loses Its Patience, and More

This week’s picks for the best investing and personal finance articles from around the web. How scary is the bond market? (MarketWatch). Why Robert Shiller believes we won’t see a crash in the bond market unless… What’s
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Quick Quiz: Will You Have the Courage of Your Convictions?

I appreciated Matt's helpful reminder yesterday that it's important to make sure you're "positioned—financially and emotionally—for the next bear market." Not that we're predicting one soon, but you never know, right? As
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If I Knew Then…

As we’ve emphasized many times in the past, no one knows when today’s bull market will end. But what if there were a way to improve how you will feel about your own investments when that time comes? A number of years ago,
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