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Pressure Signs Are Mounting

Prior to last week, one of the things that had stood out to me about this year's market correction was how orderly it had been. Despite a significant war being added on top of what was already a substantial decline,
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Fed Hike Reactions

A few quick thoughts on the day of the first Fed rate hike since 2018...
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Risk-Managing Big Gainers

Handling success can be one of the hardest things for an investor to do well. When a position is moving rapidly higher, it's often hard to know how to respond. Great problem to have, but a problem
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Yield Curve Is Flashing Warning Lights

The reshaping of the government-debt "yield curve" isn't exactly a riveting news story. It doesn't command the kind of attention appropriately afforded to geopolitical conflict or rising prices at the gas pump.  Still,
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Energy Surge: Updating SMI’s Commodities Thinking in Light of a Falling Stock Market

Despite strong performance in recent months, commodities remain reasonably priced. And they've rarely been as attractive relative to stocks as they are today.
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A Roth IRA Conversion and the Opportunity of a Down Market

A down market offers an upside — an opportunity for significant tax savings when moving money from a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA.
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SMI on the Radio: What You Need to Know About Cryptocurrencies (audio & transcript)

Cryptocurrency appears to be more than a fad. But are Bitcoin and other cryptos good investments?  Listen as SMI's executive editor Mark Biller discusses the crypto world with host Rob West and takes caller questions on
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Market Growing More Convinced Fed Is Serious About Fighting Inflation

January's consumer-price index report, issued late last week, estimated a rise of 7.5% from a year ago, the fastest rate of increase since 1982. As market researcher Jim Bianco noted on Twitter, that isn't just an
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Great Company. Terrible Price.

One reason historical examples are so helpful is that many of us suffer from a lack of imagination. After watching the stock market advance with only minor interruptions for a dozen years, led by a group of "Big Tech"
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Intro to Crypto

Cryptocurrencies have the potential to change the financial world. But investors should exercise caution. At this stage, crypto is more of a speculation than an investment.
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