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Articles from 07/2017

This is Your Brain on Generosity

“You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord
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SMI on the Radio: The Wisdom and Foolishness of Saving Money

SMI Executive Editor Mark Biller is on the radio this weekend with Rob West and Steve Moore of Compass – finances God’s way. Their conversation takes a closer look at saving money — how much is too little and how much is
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Where Have the Dips Gone?

One of the keys to successful investing is having appropriate expectations. It's one of the reasons SMI regularly writes about what the market's typical experience is like, whether that's short-term or over the long haul.
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SMI on the Radio: Keeping Financial Fear in Check

The truths of Scripture can protect us from unwise financial decisions, and also from the fear of loss that often drives such decisions. SMI’s Matt Bell talks about that on today’s Moneywise with hosts Rob West and Steve
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Common Questions About Donor-Advised Funds

The July issue of the Sound Mind Investing newsletter includes an article about the one of the fast-growing charitable-giving vehicles: Donor-advised funds (DAF). There are many benefits to DAFs, such as the ability to
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Growth/Value Performance Rotation

In pulling together data for the upcoming strategy report card to be published in the August issue of SMI, I noticed some interesting details about the performance rotation between the various Upgrading fund categories.
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Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and…Investing?

With Major League Baseball's "Midsummer Classic" (i.e.,  the annual All-Star Game) being played tonight, I was reminded of a fascinating Prager University video commentary I saw a few months ago by columnist George Will.
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Now Available: Personal Portfolio Tracker and Fund Performance Rankings with Data through 6-30-17

SMI's Personal Portfolio Tracker and monthly Fund Performance Rankings report have been updated to reflect mutual-fund performance data current through 6/30/2017. The Tracker and FPR are typically updated monthly between
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Why Momentum Investors Should Hang in There

Most of SMI's investing strategies are built on the principle of momentum. Simply put, momentum is the idea that investments which are currently performing well tend to continue performing well, at least in the short-term.
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