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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. 

Most Recent Articles

Important Update About the TD Ameritrade Acquisition of Scottrade

This is a big week for Scottrade customers, which includes many SMI members. If that includes you, beginning at 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time this Friday and running through the weekend, you will not have access to your Scottrade account as it is transferred to TD Ameritrade — the result of TDA’s purchase of Scottrade, which was announced in October 2016.

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Money Roundup: The End or Nowhere Near, Forgetting What Got Us Here, and More

Our latest picks for the best investing and personal finance articles from around the web.

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Never Waste a Downturn

Well, this is interesting.

After 12 positive months in 2017 and a good start to this year, the Dow fell by nearly 3.5% last week — its worst week in two years. And it’s falling further today — as you may be aware.

So, let me ask you, “How are you doing?”

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New Year, Whole New Tax Code

At the end of 2017, President Trump signed into law the most comprehensive change to U.S. tax law in more than 30 years. While it should mean a lower tax bill for most taxpayers, exactly how the new rules will affect you depends on your income, family size, where you live, whether you own a home, and more.

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Money Roundup: Whether to Rebalance, A Remarkably Helpful Retirement-Planning Step, and More

Our latest choices for the best investing and personal finance articles from around the web — a day early this week since we'll have the February issue for you on Friday.

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Risk Tolerance Live Fire Testing

I had a conversation with an SMI member recently that I’m confident is relevant for many investors.

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Money Roundup: The Eternal Optimist, Upside Risk Management, and More

Some of the best investing and personal finance articles from around the web.

Warren Buffett shares the secrets to wealth in America (Time). For one of the greatest investors ever, the future has always looked bright.

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Big Changes in Store for 2018 Taxes

It’s time to start thinking about your 2018 taxes.

I know. It’s a crazy thought. You probably haven’t even started working on your 2017 taxes yet. However, with the most sweeping tax law changes in 30 years now in effect for 2018, it would be a good idea to run some numbers and make sure you’re having the proper amount withheld from your paycheck or making appropriate estimated quarterly payments.

Here’s a summary of some of the biggest changes, along with other related changes such as 2018 retirement plan and health savings account contribution limits.

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Money Roundup: Tax Reform and Generosity, When Overbought Is Bullish, and More

Our latest picks for the best investing and personal finance articles from around the web.

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What’s on Your “To-Be” List for the New Year?

New Year’s resolutions usually are focused on what to do in the year ahead, such as losing weight or getting out of debt.

However, of the many sermons I’ve heard since becoming a Christian at age 29, one that’s stayed with me is a New Year’s message from Lee Strobel, who was then a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago. Instead of thinking only about what we plan to do in the year ahead, he suggested thinking about who we’re going to be. He explained that who we are dictates all that we do.

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