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Articles from 08/2016

Guiding Your Children Toward Their Career Calling

In a tough economy, finding a job straight out of college isn’t easy. It’s even more difficult for graduates who don’t have a clear idea of what they want to do with their education. For years, Crown Financial Ministries
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Don’t Fear the Bear and Other Points to Ponder

Aging bull market gaining believers “There’s a lot to like in a market as hated as this one.” — Oliver Renick, stock-market reporter at Bloomberg, writing on 8/15. He said it’s no longer low-volatility or defensive
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Healthcare Costs in Retirement: Will the Bark Turn Out to be Worse Than the Bite?

Fidelity has released its latest in a series of scary-sounding reports about how much healthcare is likely to cost in retirement. According to the company’s most recent analysis, a 65-year-old couple retiring this year
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Leveraged Sector Funds Added to SMI’s Fund Performance Rankings

In this month's Fund Performance Rankings, released last Friday, we added the ProFunds lineup of leveraged sector funds (shown below) to the various risk categories shown. Because these funds are unusually volatile and
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Now Available: Personal Portfolio Tracker and Fund Performance Rankings with Data through 7-31-16

SMI's Personal Portfolio Tracker and monthly Fund Performance Rankings report have been updated to reflect data current through 7/31/2016. The Tracker and FPR are updated monthly between the 12th-14th of the month,
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Protective Investment Principles: A Robust Selling Discipline

For over 26 years, SMI's teaching on investing has been built on a handful of biblical foundational principles. We've written about these in different places and different ways, but here's a quick overview as summarized
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Getting on the Same Financial Page With Your Spouse

What if the financial disagreements you sometimes get into with your spouse aren’t really about what you think they’re about? Surprisingly, that’s often the case. Claims that "she’s spending too much" might really be
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Investing Has Become More Difficult

I've got a quick-hitting post for you today, mainly to put this super-cool graphic from the Wall Street Journal in front of you.
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Your Company’s Stock Is Dangerous

Forgive me if you've heard this warning before, but it's simply too important to not repeat it: If you own a significant amount of your employer's stock, you are taking a dangerous — and unnecessary — risk with your
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