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Annual Seasonality Signal Triggered, But Think Twice Before Selling

Right on schedule, the stock market is dropping as we hit May. For those who may not be familiar with the old "Sell in May and go away" advice, this is a familiar annual seasonality pattern for the stock market. We'll
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Economic Update: Booming

Investors have had to navigate a series of huge plot twists over the past year. We're all familiar with them, so there's no need to go through them all yet again. Still, the speed and magnitude of the changes have been
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A Company, Its Stock, and Its Shareholders: a Primer

In most cases, investing in a company is like buying a used car. Your money isn’t going to the company — it’s going to another investor who owned shares and decided to sell.
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SMI on the Radio: Why Interest Rates Are on the Increase (audio and transcript)

In the bond market, interest rates have been heading up — and rapidly. How might that affect your fixed-income investments and overall portfolio? SMI's executive editor Mark Biller offered insights earlier this week
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Are Stocks Really Overvalued?

One thing that makes it difficult to evaluate how good a deal stocks are at any given point in time is the measurement systems are constantly changing. Not only are there several different versions of popular valuation
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How to Virtually Eliminate the Risk of Capital Loss

Economic uncertainty is certain. Fortunately, a strategy of diversification combined with a long-term perspective has a history of getting investors through tough times.
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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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Here’s Exactly What the Market Will Do Post-Election

What will the market do once this election is over? I can tell you — with 100% accuracy: The market will... go up and down, or maybe down and up. And after that, there'll be up days and down days — probably through the end
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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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