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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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Pop?

Over the last three trading days (Thursday, Friday, Tuesday), the tech-driven Nasdaq stock index had its most dramatic selloff since March. I believe I saw somewhere that it was the fastest plunge from an all-time high to
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Diversification: The Only Free Lunch in Investing

Want to be invested in the market’s top-performing segment at all times, without taking on too much risk? Here’s how.
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S&P 500 Reaches New Highs

The S&P 500 index joined the Nasdaq in setting a new all-time high earlier this week. Completing this stunning -35% round trip from February highs to March lows and back to new highs, all in approximately six months, is
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Keep Calm and Carry On

Yesterday's market action was something else! SMI investors who have enjoyed the steady gains in gold and long-term bonds through most of 2020 got hit with both barrels, as gold had its worst absolute daily drop in seven
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The Bullish Case

SMI members took some distinctively more bullish steps at the end of July, moving into both new and more aggressive funds within Upgrading and moving way up the risk ladder within Sector Rotation. With stocks already up so
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Money Roundup: A Record Plunge, A Risk Reassessment, and More

Here's our latest collection of interesting reads on investing, the economy, and personal finance. U.S. economy plunges at titanic 32.9% rate in 2nd quarter and points to drawn-out recovery (MarketWatch). Consumer
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Are You Making Any of These Common Investing Mistakes?

It's human nature — people tend to learn more from their mistakes than their successes. We asked SMI members to tell us about their most significant investing mistakes — and what they learned from
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Who Needs the Stock Market?

The stock market offers most investors their best hope of generating returns that’ll outpace inflation and taxes. But are you able to stick with the market through its many gyrations?
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The Risk in the Mirror and Other Points To Ponder

Democratizing gambling “They make it so easy for people that don’t know anything about stocks. Then you go there and you start to lose money.” – Navy medic Richard Dobatse, who made and then lost nearly $1 million
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