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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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The Conflicting Messages of the Bond, Gold, and Stock Markets

While many investors tend to focus primarily (or exclusively) on the stock market, there are important signals that can be gleaned from other markets as well. Here’s what a few of the key markets seem to be
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Does the National Debt Matter? No – Unless It Does

In last Friday's Money Roundup, we linked to a couple of opinion pieces arguing that the size of our federal debt (now at $23 trillion) isn't a problem. Therefore, we needn't be concerned about adding about $2 trillion
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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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Rate-Cut Optimism Drives S&P 500 to Milestone

The S&P 500 index briefly topped 3,000 for the first time today, driven by investor optimism that the Fed is on track to cut interest rates at the end of July. A rate cut this month would be a pretty big deal, not so much
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Yield Curve Mania Hits Stocks

The stock market suffered another day of steep losses yesterday, with the S&P 500 falling -3.2%. Small stocks were hit even harder, with the Russell 2000 down -4.4%. It was the fifth day so far in 2018 that the S&P 500 has
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The Millennial Investing Crisis

The formative scars of the 2008 financial crisis have inclined many millennials (born between 1980-2000) to be more risk-averse than other post-World War II generations, favoring the safety of low-paying savings over
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The Fed, Interest Rates, and the Eventual End of the Bull Market

After nine long years of Federal Reserve policies dominating the economic and investing landscape, it's understandable if many readers are experiencing acute "Fed fatigue" and have largely tuned out news relating to it.
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Time and Inflation: Your Portfolio’s Best Friend vs. Its Worst Enemy

Time is Archimedes’s lever in investing. Archimedes is often quoted as saying, “Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand, and I can move the earth.” In investing, that lever is time (and the place to
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