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Maintaining Perspective

Everyone take a deep breath. It's been ugly out there the past three days. Four months into this bear market, we finally got the first whiff of real fear and perhaps a little capitulation selling yesterday. There are two
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And So It Begins

The big day is finally here — Fed day, the day everyone expects the Fed to begin tightening conditions in earnest. This has been long telegraphed, as modern central banks seem to hate surprising investors. But it's still a
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Market Risks Rise as Fed Joins Battle Against Inflation

The Fed's Quantitative Easing supplied extra money to the financial markets. Now, comes Quantitative Tightening. If the goal of QE was to boost asset prices, the goal of QT is to lower them.
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6 Principles for a Solid Investing Plan

No single investing strategy is right for everyone. But every good long-term strategy incorporates these six core principles.
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SMI on the Radio: Beyond Stocks and Bonds (audio & transcript)

Commodities, real estate, and certain other investments that once had little appeal to the average investor — and were largely out of reach anyway — have become more mainstream and accessible. And, as SMI executive editor
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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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Drawdowns – They’re a Drag, But a Fact of Life

The path toward gain always includes downturns along the way. Learn more about the stock market’s remarkable record of short-term losses and recoveries.
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When Investors Freak Out

Last week, investment blogger Barry Ritholtz mentioned a 2021 study about "freaking out" — a term used to describe when investors "intentionally and abruptly" sell a "substantial portion" of their stock assets during a
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The Fed’s Target Is…You

The Fed formally kicked off its tightening initiative last week with a relatively modest hike of 0.25% to the Fed Funds rate. The stock market has moved forcefully higher since then (although it finally sold off a bit
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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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