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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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SMI on the Radio: Interest-Rate Reversal (audio and transcript)

The Federal Reserve recently reversed course and cut interest rates. SMI executive editor Mark Biller explained why that's significant and what it may mean for investors yesterday on Moody Radio's MoneyWise
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Bad News Isn’t Good News, It’s Bad News

Last week, I wrote about the rate-cut optimism that has recently driven the stock market to new highs. Today I want to dig into that a bit further and explain why this shift may mark the beginning of the end for both this
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June Sightings

Sighting: A mild recession, a not-so-mild bear market? Recession fears resurfaced at the end of 2018 as a combination of negative data surprises, communication blunders by the Fed, slowing growth overseas, and rising
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A Quick Primer on Capitalism and Socialism (Plus One Lesser-Known Approach)

It's important to have a basic understanding of the competing approaches to economics and government.  
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Wednesday Grab Bag

When I was a kid, there was always a certain allure to the "Grab bag" — the mysterious bag-o-stuff that didn't reveal its contents until after you bought it. As an avid young football card collector, I recall bouts of
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Yield Curve Mania Hits Stocks

The stock market suffered another day of steep losses yesterday, with the S&P 500 falling -3.2%. Small stocks were hit even harder, with the Russell 2000 down -4.4%. It was the fifth day so far in 2018 that the S&P 500 has
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Storm Warnings: Looking Back & Forward

Hurricane Florence appears poised to blast the Carolinas in the coming days, with 1.7 million people currently under evacuation warnings and some 5.4 million covered by various hurricane watches and warnings. It's a
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September Sightings

Rising and Falling Uncertainty Worries abound, from Chinese trade wars…to midterm campaign-related uncertainty…. [But] I’ve crunched data since long before PCs arrived, [so I know that] the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has
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How Recession-Ready Are Your Finances?

Every day seems to bring new headlines about the next recession — what will cause it, when it will hit, and how bad it will be. Today, for example, MarketWatch is prominently displaying this article: "Why a major trade war
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