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All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know?

At times, God opens a door and invites you to walk through—into the unknown. Whether you stay where you are or venture forth will determine the kind of life you live and the kind of person you become. The ability to
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Protective Investment Principles: A Robust Selling Discipline

For over 26 years, SMI's teaching on investing has been built on a handful of biblical foundational principles. We've written about these in different places and different ways, but here's a quick overview as summarized in
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If A Bear Market Arrives in 2016, Will Your Decisions Be Guided by Reason or Emotion?

“When the stock market experiences significant weakness, as it [has recently], we get a lot of calls from readers asking, ‘What should I do now?’ Our answer is always the same: ‘Ignore the market and follow your long-term
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Things Worth Knowing

An approach we occasionally use in our marketing efforts is to ask this question: “What is the #1 financial mistake many Christians make?” Our answer: they ignore biblical principles when managing their money and follow
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A Wild Ride

Just before takeoff, the pilot warned us to expect a bumpy ride. Some bad weather had recently moved through the area and our flight path would have us following the storm system. Few of us were prepared for the ride that
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Making the ‘Right’ Investing Decisions in 2015-and Beyond

Having lived through the thrill of victory (the 2009-2014 bull market) and the agony of defeat (the horrendous 2008 bear market), people are finding it difficult to know the “right” steps to take going forward. They
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What Is Your One Word?

Reality check: How are you doing with your 2015 New Year’s resolutions? If the answer is “not so good,” maybe it’s time to try a different approach: doing something about one thing instead of nothing about everything.
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Why Worry?

An SMI member recently asked, “What is Austin's/Mark's/Matt's greatest market fear? U.S. default? Worldwide credit bubble? Deflationary scenario? Hyperinflation?” I can’t speak for Austin or Mark, but I would answer those
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If You Want to Arrive Safely, You've Got to Stay in the Boat

In this month's cover article on faith, I kept seeing investing principles being taught as well. With apologies to John Ortberg for borrowing his observations and applying them in an entirely new direction, here are some
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The Importance of Thinking Really Long-Term

Of all the topics we've written about during the first quarter-century of SMI's existence, one that always generates unusual levels of feedback is that of trusting God during difficult circumstances. That might seem
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