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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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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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