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Faith, Fear…and Caution

The Bible is clear that fear is not to be our response at times like these. But with fear clearly off the table as an acceptable response, how do we balance faith versus a healthy level of caution?
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Lessons from Other Health Crises and Other Points to Ponder

Lessons from other health crises “If the past is any guide…the growth scare should be relatively brief. Recent global contagions going back to the SARS virus in 2003 have seen a sharp slowdown lasting about a quarter,
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How the Current Rally Compares to Recent History

The stock market has been on quite a tear over the past few months. The S&P 500 index is up +11.3% since the third Fed rate cut happened last October 30, a span of about 3.5 months. It's up a whopping +17.2% since the
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What Tesla & Buffett Tell Us About the Market

I've written increasingly over the past 18 months or so about similarities the current market has with the market of the late 1990s. No two periods are ever exactly the same, but when you've done this long enough you start
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Economic Uncertainty Is Certain

Is a recession approaching? Perhaps. But economic uncertainty is always with us, and biblical principles of money management work under any scenario. They can help you weather the storm, no matter how hard the financial
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Don’t Wait Too Long, and Other Points to Ponder

Blinded by comfort “In recent years, the U.S. has simultaneously experienced economic growth, low inflation, expanding deficits and debt, low interest rates and rising financial markets. It’s important to recognize that
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Strange Market Behavior Surrounds Fed’s Second Rate Cut

The Federal Reserve cut the Federal Funds rate yesterday by a quarter-point to a range of 1.75%-2.00%. This was the second rate cut in just seven weeks and was a bit controversial, even within the voting members of the
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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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Mastering the Market Cycle

While market cycles may not repeat precisely, they have recurring and recognizable characteristics. Knowing those characteristics could keep you from making a big mistake.
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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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