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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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Should Social Security Impact Your Asset Allocation?

Many investors think of Social Security benefits as akin to bond holdings. That may not be such a good idea.
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SMI on the Radio: Retirement Savings in a Time of Super-Low Interest Rates (audio & transcript)

Historically, retirees have sought the safety of bonds for much of their retirement savings. But with bonds yielding so little, what's a retiree (or near-retiree) to do?
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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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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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Keep Calm and Carry On

Yesterday's market action was something else! SMI investors who have enjoyed the steady gains in gold and long-term bonds through most of 2020 got hit with both barrels, as gold had its worst absolute daily drop in seven
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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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The Crucial Role Bonds Continue to Play Across SMI Strategies

Given recent turbulence in the bond market, does it still make sense to hold bonds in your portfolio?
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Aren’t Bonds Supposed to Be Safe?

Many investors were surprised to see long-term bonds fall alongside stocks on the most volatile days in March. Here is why that happened, and why a bond rebound seems likely.
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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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