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The Positives – and Perils – of “Back-Door” Roth IRA Contributions

If you’re a high-income earner, contributing to a Roth IRA may appear to be off-limits because of the government's income-level restrictions. But that's not true.
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June Sightings

Sighting: A mild recession, a not-so-mild bear market? Recession fears resurfaced at the end of 2018 as a combination of negative data surprises, communication blunders by the Fed, slowing growth overseas, and rising
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Do Not Covet What Thy Facebook Friends Have, and Other Points to Ponder

Do not covet what thy Facebook friends have “Spending is not the enemy, but when we allow social pressure or other forces to lure us into spending beyond our means, it can impact long-term financial stability and become a
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Asking for God’s Blessing on Crops, Commerce, and Industry

Have you ever heard of Rogation Days? I hadn't until recently, even though observing such days is an ancient Christian custom dating back to at least the 5th century. (The word "rogation" comes from a Latin verb, rogare,
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Memorial Day 2019

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved And mercy more than life! America! America! May God thy gold refine, Till all success be nobleness, And every gain divine! – from
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Money Roundup: Retirement Account Rules May Change, Values-Based Money Management, and More

Some of the better investing and personal finance articles from around the web.
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SMI Freebies for You!

Who doesn't like free stuff? And when the free stuff is truly useful, that's even better! "Free and useful" are just the words to describe the tools available to you via a web page that maybe you haven't visited for a
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Rethinking the Roth 401(k)

The conventional wisdom about who should use a Roth 401(k) may be scaring away some people who would benefit from a Roth.
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Roundup: What to Do if You Have to Retire Early, Using Your Financial Superpowers, and More

Roundup time! Here's our latest collection of interesting reads on investing, personal finance, and stewardship.
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What You Don’t Know (About Social Security Retirement Benefits) CAN Hurt You

Older Americans — including current and future retirees — appear to have quite a lack of knowledge about Social Security.
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