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Should You Consolidate Your Student Loans?

More than a quarter (26%) of all American adults have student-loan debt. Many of those people (28%) never finished earning a degree. Among young people who did recently complete their degree, more than two-thirds (70%)
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Sighting: The Laws of Wealth

Warren Buffett’s mentor Benjamin Graham famously said, “The investor’s chief problem and even his worst enemy is likely to be himself.” Graham sure knew his subject. Consider: The 30-year annualized return for the S&P
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Money Roundup: The ‘Laws’ of Wealth, How Your Portfolio is Really Performing, and More

This week’s picks for the best investing and personal finance articles from around the web. These 10 ‘laws of wealth’ can help you hold on to investment gains (MarketWatch). Good principles to invest by. Stock market’s
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How, Then, Shall We Spend?

What are the most important financial habits and practices of a Christ follower? Newer believers taking part in their first church-based financial workshop may get the impression that it’s primarily about living
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Why Is This Aging U.S. Bull Market Acting So Spry?

With the stock market hitting new all-time highs last week, we were again reminded in the news that it is "the second longest bull market in U.S. history." But without seeing a comparison with the other modern bull
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Money Roundup: Retirement Blind Spots, Rewriting the Laws of Capitalism, and More

This week’s picks for the best investing and personal finance articles from around the web. Check these 7 retirement blind spots (Morningstar). How to prepare for the issues that catch many people off guard. Investing in
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Now Available: Personal Portfolio Tracker and Fund Performance Rankings with Data through 6-30-16

SMI's Personal Portfolio Tracker and monthly Fund Performance Rankings report have been updated to reflect data current through 6/30/2016. The Tracker and FPR are updated monthly between the 12th-14th of the month,
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Stock Market Finally Hits New Highs

The stock market closed a whisker beneath it's all-time highs last Friday, but has moved higher today, pushing it above both its closing (2,130.82) and intra-day highs (2,134.72) from May 2015. If the market closes above
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Money Roundup: A Common Retiree Regret, When Doing Nothing is the Best Move of All, and More

This week’s picks for the best investing and personal finance articles from around the web. A quarter of recent retirees would delay Social Security if they had a do-over (Washington Post). It’s tempting to take the money
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REITs Get A Higher Profile

Real Estate has been one of the best-performing asset classes in 2016. Vanguard's REIT index (VNQ), which is one of the bigger and more high-profile funds of Real Estate Investments Trusts (REITs), is up 14.8% so far this
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