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Articles from 12/2017

6 Steps to Creating a Long-Term Investing Plan

In light of James 4:13-14, some Christians feel uneasy about engaging in long-term financial planning: “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in
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The Essential Steps for Getting Out of Debt

Getting out of debt is one of the most common goals people set at the start of a new year. Since it seems to be one of the top financial goals at the beginning of every year, it’s a safe assumption that many of this year’s
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Adventures in Forecasting and Other Points to Ponder

The nature of bubbles “…the toughest thing about Bubbles is that they go on longer than most investors would think and, in fact, usually rise at an exponentially faster rate as we get close to the crescendo. Jeremy
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Attention Husbands: You Should Know About SMI’s Ministry to Widows

In the mid-1990s I was in talks with Moody Publishers about the possibility of writing a second book. They asked what topics interested me, and among the ideas we discussed was a book tailored to the financial needs of
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January Sightings

Turning the Tide Against Cholera [Note: This isn’t about finances, but isn’t it nice to start the year with news that everyone can agree is good?]
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Toward a More Joyful Christmas

If you're looking to celebrate Christmas with more joy and less debt, Hundred Dollar Holiday is a book with some helpful insights and suggestions.
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Money Roundup: How Much Less Can You Live on in Retirement? Ignoring What Other Investors Are Doing, and More

Here is our 11-days-before-Christmas collection of articles on investing, personal finance, and biblical stewardship. Enjoy!
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Now Available: Personal Portfolio Tracker and Fund Performance Rankings With Data Through 11-30-17

SMI's Personal Portfolio Tracker and monthly Fund Performance Rankings report have been updated to reflect mutual-fund performance data current through 11/30/2017. The Tracker and FPR are typically updated monthly between
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Of These Things You Can Be Certain

Life is filled with uncertainties. We never know what the next day, or even the next hour, will bring. The daily news is testimony to that, but so are things closer to home. Perhaps you're facing a significant life change
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Money Roundup: Bitcoin Mania, How to Read Financial News, and More

Here's our latest linkfest: What is Bitcoin, and how does it work? (The New York Times). As Bitcoin continues to rise at dizzying speed, the NYT offers a newly updated explainer. Blockchain — The new technology of trust
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