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Forced Further Out on the Risk Curve

To the average investor, the most important star in the investment sky is the stock market. While the behavior of the stock market is certainly important, it's the shifting nature of the bond market that has driven
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The Retirement Investing Challenge: Keeping Up With Inflation While Limiting Risk

A financially secure retirement doesn’t just happen. Careful planning and wise investing are crucial to making your retirement years golden. 
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Buying Commodities to Hedge Against Inflation Risk

Want more direct inflation protection than the standard SMI strategies provide? Taking a little out of stocks to put into commodities is an easy way to get it.
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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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The Conflicting Messages of the Bond, Gold, and Stock Markets

While many investors tend to focus primarily (or exclusively) on the stock market, there are important signals that can be gleaned from other markets as well. Here’s what a few of the key markets seem to be
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Does the National Debt Matter? No – Unless It Does

In last Friday's Money Roundup, we linked to a couple of opinion pieces arguing that the size of our federal debt (now at $23 trillion) isn't a problem. Therefore, we needn't be concerned about adding about $2 trillion
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Interest Rates and Negative Bond Yields

President Trump got the financial world (OK, the non-financial world too!) fired up with the following early-morning tweets today:
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Rate-Cut Optimism Drives S&P 500 to Milestone

The S&P 500 index briefly topped 3,000 for the first time today, driven by investor optimism that the Fed is on track to cut interest rates at the end of July. A rate cut this month would be a pretty big deal, not so much
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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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