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A Position of Financial Strength

The New York Times recently ran a series of charts designed to sum up 2020 economically. They showed how the pandemic has impacted employment, wages, home prices, and more. But one of the most striking charts about what
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How Should the Elections Impact Your Portfolio?

An interesting thing happens every time power shifts between the political parties in Washington — half the country immediately gets significantly more optimistic about the economy's prospects, while the other half
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Vaccine Announcement Sparks Significant Market Changes

Yesterday, we finally got the news everyone has been waiting for since February: a COVID vaccine is apparently on the way. Pfizer announced positive phase 3 trial data that suggests its vaccine is roughly as effective as
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Quick Takes on Everything

Okay, maybe not everything. But I always enjoy when an author I like takes a "Lightning Round" type of approach — giving their short take on a number of different topics. Sometimes it'll be a mailbag of reader questions,
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Answering the Big Questions About the Dollar

When the dollar ebbs, as it has in recent months, the decline has significant implications for international trade — and individual investors.
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Money Roundup: A Record Plunge, A Risk Reassessment, and More

Here's our latest collection of interesting reads on investing, the economy, and personal finance. U.S. economy plunges at titanic 32.9% rate in 2nd quarter and points to drawn-out recovery (MarketWatch). Consumer
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The Risk in the Mirror and Other Points To Ponder

Democratizing gambling “They make it so easy for people that don’t know anything about stocks. Then you go there and you start to lose money.” – Navy medic Richard Dobatse, who made and then lost nearly $1 million
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State of the Markets After 100 Days

It's been 100 days since the WHO officially declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic. I'll leave the medical/political sides of that to others, but it seems like an appropriate time to update some big picture thinking about the
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Making Sense of a Manic Market

The stock market is currently working through its third "once in a generation" crisis in the past 20 years. There was the Tech Bubble in the late-1990s that culminated in the bear market of 2000-2002. The loose-money
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The Market is Not the Economy

The biggest issue facing investors right now is how to reconcile the obvious carnage in the real economy with the relentlessly rising stock market. There's a tendency to interpret the market as a predictor of the economy,
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