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Economic Uncertainty Is Certain

Is a recession approaching? Perhaps. But economic uncertainty is always with us, and biblical principles of money management work under any scenario. They can help you weather the storm, no matter how hard the financial
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The Surprisingly Small Benefit of Perfect Market Timing

Becoming a consistent month-after-month investor (which anyone can do!) likely will contribute more to your long-term success than trying to time the market (which few can do well).
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Don’t Wait Too Long, and Other Points to Ponder

Blinded by comfort “In recent years, the U.S. has simultaneously experienced economic growth, low inflation, expanding deficits and debt, low interest rates and rising financial markets. It’s important to recognize that
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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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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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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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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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Mastering the Market Cycle

While market cycles may not repeat precisely, they have recurring and recognizable characteristics. Knowing those characteristics could keep you from making a big mistake.
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Fed Begins New Rate-Cutting Cycle

When the Fed starts cutting interest rates to forestall a future recession, that's usually good news for investors in the short term. In the longer term, not so much.
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Q&A – Answering Your Questions Now

For many years, SMI used to run a "Q&A" column in the newsletter every month where we would answer reader questions. We haven't done that in recent years, as the ability to interact in the comments on every article online
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