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Matt Bell

Matt Bell

Managing Editor

Matt joined SMI in 2012. He leads SMI’s content strategy — managing the company’s monthly editorial calendar, writing many of the articles, sourcing content from outside the company, and either writing or overseeing much of what appears on our web site. He also represents SMI in various radio guest appearances.

Prior to joining SMI, Matt was an independent biblical money management writer and speaker. He is the author of four personal finance books that were published by NavPress, including Money and Marriage: A Complete Guide for Engaged and Newly Married Couples and The Grad’s Guide to Money (written for high school seniors and college freshmen). He does some outside speaking as well at churches, universities, conferences, and retreats throughout the country. Matt has been involved in stewardship ministry since 1990 when he began serving in the Good $ense ministry at Willowcreek Community Church.

Matt earned an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Northern Illinois University and a graduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from DePaul University, where he wrote a thesis about the history and influence of our consumer culture.

Matt and his wife, Jude, have three children at home. 

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In the 19 years my wife and I have been married, I never thought of my in-laws as hoarders. They lived in a modest house that did not feel overcrowded with things.

However, as we conducted an estate sale this past weekend (they both passed away last year), and as we hauled countless loads to a thrift store before and after the sale, I was all too aware of the vast amount of stuff that gets accumulated over a lifetime. Here are a few takeaways from the sale.

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Money-Market Funds Are Back in the Game

The money-market fund (MMF) is back. After years of minuscule yields, this once-popular choice for savers is back to offering respectable returns — in some cases, at least equal to the rates offered by online banks.

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The Making of a Wise Money Manager

Among the attendees at my recent workshop, one was an avid reader of Morningstar analyst reports. Another was thinking about investing in GE, noting this seemed an opportune time since the blue-chip company’s stock price has been cut in half over the past year. An adept point, given that the attendees were students at my sons’ middle school!

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The Rules Have Changed for Reverse Mortgages

In recent years, reverse mortgages have ridden a popularity roller coaster. Once seen as loans of last resort, they came back in vogue in 2010 when a new “Saver” reverse mortgage became available that featured significantly lower upfront fees than those associated with the existing “Standard” reverse mortgage.

In late 2017, however, the fee structure changed again, making reverse mortgages less appealing — especially for borrowers wanting to use a reverse mortgage as a line of credit.

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GE: Enron Without the Scandal, and Other Points to Ponder

Is this a good time to invest?

“There is no BEST time to invest. There is just investing. There is doing it consistently. There is compounding.” – Howard Lindzon, Chairman and Co-Founder of Stocktwits, writing on Medium on 4/24/18 in response to questions such as, “Where are we in the market cycle?” Read more

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GE: Another Painful Lesson From Undivided Investing

It’s been a stunning fall from grace. GE, long considered a stalwart blue-chip company, has lost twice as much value in the past year than scandal-plagued Enron lost when it went out of business in 2001. As the Wall Street Journal explained, GE’s poorly timed investments, troubles in key markets, and overly rosy financial projections destroyed about $140 billion of stock market wealth in that time.

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