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“Not QE” Has Changed the Market’s Trend

Stocks have posted six straight weeks of higher prices, pushing the S&P 500 Index above its long-term trend-line and breaking through the pattern of the past two years where significant new highs were inevitably met within
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Trade Deal Update

Clever graphic from Slope of Hope blogger Tim Knight:
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“Fully Invested Bears”

New SMI members are sometimes confused by an apparent disconnect between what our articles seem to be saying and what our investment portfolios are actually doing. This typically happens because all of SMI's portfolios
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SMI’s Small-Stock Problem

The returns of small-company stocks have historically been either roughly equal to, or superior to, those of large-company stocks (depending on the period examined and the studies you choose to focus on). This has been
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What’s Not to Like? As Commissions Drop to Zero, Already Low-Cost ETFs Become Even More Attractive

Many brokers have now eliminated commissions for online ETF trades. That makes investing via exchange-traded funds cheaper than ever.
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Risk, Return, and Liquidity

A month ago, I wrote about the Strange Market Behavior Surrounding the Fed’s Second Rate Cut. In a nutshell, that article described how the Fed had to intervene in the "Repo" lending market where banks lend overnight to
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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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