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How bad would a US credit rating downgrade be?

Instead of increasing, interest rates decreased after the US credit rating downgrade in 2011.
Despite the headlines, a US credit rating downgrade may seem like much ado about nothing. After all, how bad can AA+ possibly be?   Read more
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The Ten Commandments of Portfolio Protection

The financial landscape is still full of uncertainty, so here are some perennial investing principles for good and bad times alike. Read more
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The Benefits of a Bad Year: 2022 in Review

While 2022 did not meet all the criteria for a recession, it was a major doozy in other ways. But we are still standing, and that is worth something. Read more
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The investment “rule” you should actually ignore

the rule of 100 claims that age should determine how your portfolio is allocated
Sure, we all know that rules of thumb are imprecise and should not be viewed as ironclad laws. But this one is frankly garbage. Read more
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Turns out bonds can get crazy, too

bond prices have had a notable decline during 2022
The bond market is a full three times bigger than the stock market, and has also seen some important developments recently. Read more
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