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How to Avoid Panic and Reduce Fear

Investors are biologically induced into short-term thinking by the stress hormones released during episodes of acute fear. That's why fear can drive investors to make rash and unwise financial
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Recessions and the Stock Market

If a recession is at hand, the current bear market could last a while. Bear markets accompanied by recessions tend to last longer and drop farther than non-recessionary bears. 
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Pushback Begins Against “ESG” Investing

Energy stocks got hammered Friday — and, to a lesser extent today — making this a painful stretch for SMI's Sector Rotation investors. Since being recommended early this year, SR's investment in the energy sector has
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Making Sense of the Market’s Recent Cross-Currents

Every bear market rally lures investors into (wrongly) believing a new bull market is underway. SMI's process helps you avoid getting taken in by shorter-term trends.
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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

In 1970s Redux?, we recently took a look at the long "plateau" periods the stock market periodically goes through between big, secular bull markets. The key chart from that article was this one:
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Bear Market Exhaustion

Anybody feeling tired yet? As we enter the eighth month of this bear market, I'm feeling the exhaustion creeping in. That's amplified by the fact that we've had this head-scratching rally that keeps...running...higher,
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Bear Markets Are a Grind

A market downturn inflicts double-edged pain, as investors suffer both monetary loss and emotional fatigue. You can’t make the pain go away, but you can keep two important things in mind.
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1970s Redux?

In some ways, 2022 seems like a return to economically turbulent 1970s. If we are facing a 70s repeat, how should that affect your investing plan?
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SMI on the Radio: Navigating a Storm-Tossed Investing Sea (audio & transcript)

When the investing waters get choppy, you're more likely to remain safe if you stay in the "boat." That's a metaphor for avoiding rash decisions and sticking with a well-considered investment strategy. This morning, on
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Inflation Rumble: Housing vs. Energy

While investor attention continues to pivot away from inflation and toward recession (see Monday's video), inflation remains a very significant piece of the investing puzzle. The Fed is clearly still fixated on it, which
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