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Bringing Biblical Financial Stewardship to the Poorest of the Poor

A number of Christian stewardship ministries do a wonderful job helping people get out of debt, grow in generosity, and otherwise learn how to manage money according to biblical principles. However, if you have a heart to
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Roundup: A Plan to Tax ETFs, Overlooked Aspects of Retirement Finances, and More

Fall is in the air! (Well, at least for a few days here in often-hot-in-autumn Kentucky — highs here will be back in the 80s soon.) Whatever the weather is like where you are, we hope you enjoy the first official weekend
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SMI on the Radio: An Overvalued Market? (audio and transcript)

As money loses value, prices rise. That's part of what's happening at the supermarket and in the stock market — as SMI executive editor explained yesterday on Moody Radio's MoneyWise Live.  He also spoke with host Rob
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Innovative Approaches to Paying for Dental Care, Primary Care

When my wife and I moved to Kentucky four years ago and started going to a new dentist, I was intrigued by the payment setup. We didn't have dental insurance, so the dental practice suggested their annual membership
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Money Roundup: Biden Tax Plan Takes Shape, The Narrative Behind the Numbers, and More

Some of the best investing and personal finance articles from around the web. Ways and Means releases list of tax provisions for budget bill (The Tax Adviser). One item that had been talked about but is now off the
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Beginning of the End, or Business as Usual?

I hope that most SMI members are staying relatively detached from the day-to-day moves of the market, confident that their well-balanced portfolios — personalized to their season of life and risk tolerance — will safely
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Room for Improvement — Marriage & Money in America

In many marriages, money is a perennial trouble spot. Of course, irreconcilable financial differences are a frequently cited cause of divorce, but even among couples that stay together, staying on the same financial page
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Roundup: Never a Perfect Plan, Generous Giving During Retirement, and More

Here's our latest Roundup of articles from around the web. We hope you find these pieces interesting and helpful. Trading off (Jonathan Clements, Humble Dollar). There is never a "perfect" plan or approach. Everything
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Now Available: Personal Portfolio Tracker & Fund Performance Rankings With Data Through 8-31-21

We've just updated SMI's Personal Portfolio Tracker with performance data through Aug. 31, 2021, and we have posted a new edition of the monthly Fund Performance Rankings (FPR). New to the Tracker and FPR? Here's an
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A Prayer for Labor Day

Here is a prayer appropriate for Labor Day, from the pen of 16th-century French theologian and pastor John Calvin: My God, Father and Savior, since you have commanded us to work in order to meet our needs, sanctify our
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