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Strange Market Behavior Surrounds Fed’s Second Rate Cut

The Federal Reserve cut the Federal Funds rate yesterday by a quarter-point to a range of 1.75%-2.00%. This was the second rate cut in just seven weeks and was a bit controversial, even within the voting members of the
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SMI on the Radio: The Pros and Cons of Target-Date Funds (audio and transcript)

SMI executive editor Mark Biller joined MoneyWise Live hosts Rob West and Steve Moore yesterday to explain the basics of "target-date funds," which are available via many workplace-based retirement plans. Although such
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Are Value Stocks Staging a Comeback?

As we have noted in previous articles and posts, growth stocks (on the whole) have have been outperforming value stocks for more than a decade. (Definitions of "growth" and "value" are imprecise but, generally speaking,
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Money Roundup: Talking Ourselves Into a Recession, The Go-Nowhere Market, and More

Some of the better investing and personal finance articles from around the web. What people say about the economy can set off a recession (NY Times). Beware the self-fulfilling prophecy.   Here’s what could take a big
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Interest Rates and Negative Bond Yields

President Trump got the financial world (OK, the non-financial world too!) fired up with the following early-morning tweets today:
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Responding to Disasters in Jesus’ Name

On my drive to work each weekday, I spend most of the time praying for family and friends. I often remind myself what a mistake it is to turn on the news during the last five minutes or so of my drive. It’s usually so
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Now Available: Personal Portfolio Tracker & Fund Performance Rankings With Data Through 8-31-19

SMI's Personal Portfolio Tracker and the monthly Fund Performance Rankings report are now available with performance data updated through Aug. 31, 2019. The Portfolio Tracker: The online Tracker personalizes SMI's fund
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Roundup: Economic Optimism (or Not), Holding on When Your Strategy Is Struggling, and More

Here's our first-weekend-in-September collection of interesting reads on investing, personal finance, and stewardship:
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Is Indexing the New Subprime Crisis?

The rise of passive investing, or "indexing," has been going on since the first index funds were introduced back in the 1970s. But the bull market that began a decade ago in 2009 has really kicked the indexing trend into
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Labor Day: Honoring Workers — and the Creator God

I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil — this is God's gift to man. (Ecclesiastes
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