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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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Fed Begins New Rate-Cutting Cycle

When the Fed starts cutting interest rates to forestall a future recession, that's usually good news for investors in the short term. In the longer term, not so much.
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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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Two Types of Asset Allocation

How you divide your money among types of investments is your most important investing decision. We explain how SMI's strategies handle this key step in the investing process.
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BulletShares: Good News for Savers and Bond Investors

Savers and investors have long had two options for the bond portion of their portfolio: individual bonds or bond mutual funds. Now a third option is available that blends the best aspects of
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