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Why Industry Bubbles Burst and How to Weather the Storm

With housing prices making a strong recovery since the financial crisis of the late 2000s, it’s worth taking a look at what causes investments or industries to zoom to the stars and then crash...

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Interest Rate Debate Hinges on 3 Factors

The U.S. Federal Reserve decided against raising the federal funds rate at its latest meeting in September, extending its zero interest rate policy and ramping up the debate about what it will...

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What Pension Plan Phase-Outs Mean for You

How’s your pension doing? If you answered, “great,” you probably belong to one of a few specific job sectors—or an upper age bracket. The more common answer these days is something other than...

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Investing in Stocks During Retirement

If you’re like most people, investing in stocks during your working years offers one of your best opportunities for growing a nest egg large enough for a comfortable retirement. And when...

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Don’t React To Every Bit of Stock Market News

When you’re learning to play football, one of the first things any coach will teach you is to watch the other player’s waist. The reason for that is that it’s easy to get faked out by watching the...

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Looking Past Near-Term Difficulties in China

China has quickly gone from hero to scapegoat of the global economy, bearing the blame for the sharpest sell-off in stocks in the last three years. The policy actions taken by Chinese leaders over...

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Understanding Risk and Setting Realistic Expectations

Until the recent global equity sell-off, stocks had been on an upward trajectory for some time, with the S&P 500 Index—a broad measure of U.S. stocks—delivering six straight years of gains. An...

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Smart-Beta ETFs: Offering Headway or Hype?

We have written in the past about new trends in the ETF marketplace and one of those trends is the emerging popularity of “smart-beta ETFs.” Smart-beta ETFs weight holdings by factors other than...

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Making Sense of Economic Data

The Non-Farm Payroll Report. Crude inventories. The Federal Open Market Committee Minutes. If you aren’t an economist or passionately devoted to the financial media, you might have no clue what...

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Growth vs. Value: A Tale of Two Investment Strategies

Building an investment portfolio for the long term means finding a strategy that will work in both the best of times and the worst of times. And with so many investment styles to choose from, it...

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