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When a “Bucket Strategy” Shines

If you're retired, or close to retirement, having plenty of cash on hand allows you to take a bear market in stride. You can calmly wait for your stock-based investments to recover.
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Setting an Emergency-Savings Target

By protecting you during life's short-term financial storms, a well-funded emergency reserve helps ensure your longer-term financial well-being.
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April Sighting

Sighting: Gold & Stocks – A Complicated Correlation The equity market sell-off in the past few weeks has been shocking.... But what may also surprise you is the recent weakness in gold. Shouldn’t the safe-haven asset
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Not a Recession, Not a Bailout, and Other Points to Ponder

Counting the cost “Economic data in the near future will be not just bad but unrecognizable.” – From a Credit Suisse research note, referenced in a 3/21/20 New York Times article about the impossibility of accurately
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The Opportunity of a Lifetime

We all woke up today to news of both the pandemic’s continued spread and a massive wave of governmental intervention designed to shore up the economy and stem the market’s fall. For investors, the latter is already having
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Money Roundup: ETFs and the Coronavirus Crash, Wise Words on Surviving Bear Markets, and More

Here's this week's collection of worthwhile reads on investing, personal finance, stewardship — and even medical statistics. We hope you find these articles to be helpful.
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Why Isn’t Gold Glittering?

In tumultuous times, gold typically assumes the role of a safe haven. This time, not so much. Or perhaps we should say, "Not yet." As you may know, gold enjoyed a strong run-up the weeks and months before the pandemic.
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All That Has NOT Changed

Under the best of circumstances, the Bible describes us as strangers in a strange land, exiles living temporarily far from home. But this? Well, this is really strange. Grocery store shelves picked clean. The kids — even
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SMI on the Radio: Exercising Both Faith and Caution (audio and transcript)

The breathtaking market decline has investors wondering what to do. SMI executive editor Mark Biller offered advice Monday on Moody Radio's MoneyWise Live.
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Faith, Fear…and Caution

The Bible is clear that fear is not to be our response at times like these. But with fear clearly off the table as an acceptable response, how do we balance faith versus a healthy level of caution?
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