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SMI on the Radio: A Nervous Market (audio & transcript)

Bearish sentiment rose sharply last month — and even though that sentiment has now softened somewhat, many investors remain uneasy. They're concerned about the economic and market impact of Fed policy, rising inflation,
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The Risks of Using Dividend Stocks as an Alternative to Bonds

Dividend-paying stock funds can be a helpful tool in creating a portfolio that generates current income. But don’t overlook their inherent risks. 
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Bond Investing 201

Short- and long-term interest rates are driven by different forces. That's a crucial matter when it comes to bond investing.
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I-Bonds: A Great Option for Emergency Fund Money

While we’ve linked to articles about I-Bonds in the last two Friday roundups, they’re getting enough publicity and we’re receiving enough questions about them that a separate article seems warranted. Because savers have
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Balancing Inflation Fears With Market Realities

Today’s expanding fiscal stimulus threatens to speed up the rate at which our dollars lose value. That poses a significant risk for investors. Here’s how SMI can help you stay ahead of
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The Crucial Difference Between “Yield” and “Total Return”

Depending on the market environment, the "total return" of an investment can work for you or against you.
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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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Higher Interest Rates Begin to Threaten the Status Quo

Rising interest rates affect virtually all corners of the investing landscape, which is why they are becoming such a focal point.
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IVOL: Profiting From Rising Interest Rates

A bond fund designed to excel in a time of rising interest rates? There is one. And if you have a bond-heavy portfolio, this ETF might be a great diversifier.
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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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