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Articles from 07/2018

Homebuying? What to Know About Conventional and FHA Mortgages

Buying a house is the largest financial commitment most of us make, and the process can be intimidating. It involves making a series of decisions — typically about unfamiliar matters — that will have a financial impact
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Not Everything That Matters Can Be Measured and Other Points to Ponder

Stick with your plan “If you are going to do better than most, it won’t be by continually anticipating a market crash. That has invariably been an exit ramp onto a dead end street. Tuning out noise and consistently
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Gap Between Retirement Confidence and Preparedness Still Very Wide

The number of today’s workers who are confident they’ll enjoy a secure, comfortable retirement continues to be at odds with their actual preparedness, according to the latest annual Retirement Confidence
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Money Roundup: The Big Upside of Working 1 More Year, Not Watching Your Garden Grow, and More

Here's our latest collection of interesting articles on investing, personal finance, and stewardship:
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Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There!

I'm not a soccer fan, but I'm also not one to miss the opportunity to work a sports reference into an SMI article. So in light of this weekend's World Cup finale, which France won by defeating Croatia 4-2, I'm reminded of
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Catching Up on Retirement Savings

Way back when, you may have learned this formula in a math or science class:  P=F/A — pressure equals force divided by area.  Think of the difference between a garden-hose nozzle on the "shower" setting and a pressure
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Money Roundup: Over-Thinking the Yield Curve, Statistics Will Only Get You So Far, and More

Our latest picks for the best investing and personal finance articles from around the web.
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SMI on the Radio: A Quick Primer on ETFs (audio and transcript)

Investors increasingly are using exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in place of — or in addition to — "traditional" mutual funds. SMI executive editor Mark Biller offered a quick primer on ETFs yesterday on Moody
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A Road Map to Retirement Plans for Small-Business Owners

Did you know that according to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average 65-year-old man today can expect to live at least 18 more years, while his similarly aged wife can expect to live more than 20 more
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Now Available: Personal Portfolio Tracker and Fund Performance Rankings With Data Through 6-30-18

We've just updated SMI's Personal Portfolio Tracker and our monthly Fund Performance Rankings (FPR) to reflect final mutual-fund performance data through June 30, 2018. (We try to post the Tracker and FPR updates between
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