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Pandemic Lessons — Will They Last?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been unlike anything most of us have ever experienced. With the worst of it apparently behind us now, many people are reflecting on what they’ve learned from it, how it has impacted their
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Predictive Ability Is Overrated

One of the central tenets of SMI's investment philosophy is that trying to predict what the market will do next is a fool's errand. While there are a host of "gurus" who have become famous based on a particular market
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SMI on the Radio: Good News on the Economy, But Don’t Throw Caution to the Wind (audio & transcript)

The economy is booming and the stock market has been humming. But are we headed toward a significant bout of inflation? SMI's executive editor Mark Biller offered insights on the economy and the markets last week on Moody
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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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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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A Position of Financial Strength

The New York Times recently ran a series of charts designed to sum up 2020 economically. They showed how the pandemic has impacted employment, wages, home prices, and more. But one of the most striking charts about what
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How Should the Elections Impact Your Portfolio?

An interesting thing happens every time power shifts between the political parties in Washington — half the country immediately gets significantly more optimistic about the economy's prospects, while the other half
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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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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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Answering the Big Questions About the Dollar

When the dollar ebbs, as it has in recent months, the decline has significant implications for international trade — and individual investors.
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