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The Most Important Financial Chart

It has been a wild start to 2022. This has obviously been true in the "real world" as the world deals with a major European land war for the first time in decades. It's also been true in financial markets, as the
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Thinking Beyond Stocks and Bonds

The “60-40” stock/bond portfolio that's served investors well for decades is no longer sufficient. Fortunately, today’s investors have access to a range of other investments that can generate good
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Fed Hike Reactions

A few quick thoughts on the day of the first Fed rate hike since 2018...
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Yield Curve Is Flashing Warning Lights

The reshaping of the government-debt "yield curve" isn't exactly a riveting news story. It doesn't command the kind of attention appropriately afforded to geopolitical conflict or rising prices at the gas pump.  Still,
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I-Bonds Are the Best Deal in Fixed-Income Right Now

If your portfolio calls for bond exposure and you can work with the Treasury Department’s restrictions, I-Bonds are a great option right now.
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Investing for Short-Term Goals in Today’s Stock/Bond Environment

The Fed’s low-rate policy has created a tough situation for short-term investing. Your best option may be to stand the traditional approach on its head.
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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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