Money Talks

Gift This, Not That to Beat Holiday Delivery Drama

Nov 26, 2021

Editor’s Note: I’m taking a break from my bear market series this week, but I’ll be back next week to talk about the importance of cash in a bear market. I just wrapped up hosting 17 people for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a true honor to be able to host our family every single year. I showcase my chef skills and…

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The Most Important Step in Your Bear-Market Plan

Nov 19, 2021

Last week, I shared some bad news… The next bear market could be one for the ages. I can’t tell you exactly when it will begin. But I believe it is likely to be more severe — and long-lasting — than any bear market we’ve experienced in decades. Unfortunately, I fear most investors are utterly unprepared for this possibility. Many…

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Are You Ready for the Next Bear Market?

Nov 12, 2021

I don’t mean to alarm you… But I believe it’s time to prepare for a bear market in stocks. Now, let me be clear… I’m NOT predicting that a bear market is imminent. In fact, given the recent breakout in the major U.S. indexes, there’s a good chance the current bull market could extend well into 2022. So please understand…

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I May Have Been Wrong About Real Estate, but I Was Right About This Stock!

Nov 05, 2021

I’ll never forget how certain I was that real estate would tank last year. I even told my wife we needed to sell our house immediately. And I told her “I’d rather be homeless than carry two homes!” She told me I was nuts. But she went with the flow. You see, we were under contract to buy a home…

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What You Need to Know About This ‘New’ Investment Strategy

Oct 29, 2021

This week I want to talk about one of the most popular trends in the world of investing and personal finance. I’m referring to the rise of so-called robo-advisers. If you’re not familiar, robo-advisers are similar to traditional investment advisers or money managers. However, as the name implies, they rely on computer algorithms, rather than humans, to make investment decisions…

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My (Surprising) Advice About Buying a Car

Oct 22, 2021

For those of us who’ve struggled with debt in the past, buying a new home or car can be nerve-racking. After all, spending too much money on the wrong things is how many of us got into trouble in the first place. And buying a new home or car is generally among the most significant purchases most folks ever make….

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Don’t Even Think About Buying a Home Until You Read This

Oct 15, 2021

Regular Money Talks readers know I have strong feelings about debt. As I told you in one of my first columns back in January, taking on too much debt nearly ruined me. And I sincerely believe that getting out of debt is the single most important step most folks can take to dramatically improve their lives. Fortunately, becoming (and staying)…

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An Easy Way to Profit from Big Market Trends (Plus a FREE Portfolio You Can Use Today)

Oct 08, 2021

This week I want to give you a peek at one of my favorite TradeSmith tools. I’m referring to Pure Quant, our proprietary portfolio-building software. We designed Pure Quant to make building a professional-quality portfolio as easy as possible. With just a few clicks of a mouse, Pure Quant can take whatever sources you choose — from entire indexes to…

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How ‘Common Sense’ Fundamental Analysis Can Make You a Better Investor

Oct 01, 2021

Here at TradeSmith, we think about the markets differently from most investors. As I explained in a Money Talks series back in February (here and here), we’re big fans of a “factor-based” approach to investing. If you’re not familiar, factors are simply the various characteristics of an investment responsible for its potential risk and reward. You can think of them…

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Don’t Dismiss This Classic Market Wisdom

Sep 24, 2021

If you’ve been investing for long, you may be familiar with the old Wall Street adage “the trend is your friend.” But if you’re like most folks, you probably haven’t given much thought to what it means in practice. I think that’s a mistake. You see, hidden inside this simple phrase is one of the few real “secrets” of successful…

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