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SMI on the Radio: Why Interest Rates Are on the Increase (audio and transcript)

In the bond market, interest rates have been heading up — and rapidly. How might that affect your fixed-income investments and overall portfolio? SMI's executive editor Mark Biller offered insights earlier this week
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Are Stocks Really Overvalued?

One thing that makes it difficult to evaluate how good a deal stocks are at any given point in time is the measurement systems are constantly changing. Not only are there several different versions of popular valuation
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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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Adding Commodities to SMI’s Fund Upgrading Portfolio

Commodities can play a valuable role in diversifying a portfolio. That makes them an attractive addition to a stock/bond-oriented portfolio such as Fund Upgrading. 
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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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