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Using the News

What are the chances and what it would mean for the economy and stocks?
Understanding the truth about these emerging and hyped "currencies"
Coming to terms with political fighting and extremes
What his investment choices say about his views of the U.S. and his economic and investing intelligence
If Trump Advisor Steve Bannon had read Investing For Dummies, Trump might not be President!

Worth Examining

The downside to using Facebook, Twitter, Google and other similar services and sites
Vice President Mike Pence' Veterans Day speech recalling his own dad's service
There's a difference between knowing basic facts and understanding how they work in practice
Here's why funding a particular type of retirement account can make sense for kids.
Resources and strategies that work in today's technologically driven world

The Straight Scoop

Having lost money on a prior purchase, does it make sense to risk another home purchase?
Getting your financial house in order and goals straight before investing
The keys to keeping money accumulation in proper perspective
Why you should tread carefully in the rapidly expanding app universe
Why what passes for business "journalism" today isn't journalism


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Preferred Portfolios

What are the favorite funds of this veteran Fidelity newsletter writer?
How heavily should you use index funds in your portfolio?
Asset Class Performance & Investment Outlook
Q: If there's anyone out there who still believes in "buy and hold" investing, he/she should read some of the blogs that I read...
Making sense of domestic versus foreign stock holdings in balanced funds

Book/Research Summaries

What are you really getting from the online behemoth?
Vanguard Group founder John Bogle has a new book which reflects upon the investing world, the business world, and society at large. "Rarely do so few pages provoke so much thought," says David Swensen, Chief Investment Officer, Yale University.
Assessing your beliefs about how closely you should be following and trading your investments
What methods and strategies work best at calming your nerves and staying balanced
A look at the accuracy of future forecasts by analysts who widely miss the mark

Guru Watch

What his investment choices say about his views of the U.S. and his economic and investing intelligence
An enlightening email exchange with CNBC pundit Jim Cramer
CNBC's Jim Cramer has made horrible stock picks and market calls during the 2008-09 financial crisis but this call from 2000 is his worst ever...
You gotta love Nouriel Roubini and Jim Cramer attacking each other...this is one time, when they both might actually be right!
Forecaster who Reuters calls a "top investor," "heavyweight" and "insider" now calling for even more severe downturn...but what is his track record?


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