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Are You Being Diligent?

While there are reasons to be concerned about the health of the eight-plus-year-old bull market (historically high valuations, Federal Reserve tightening, and an economy performing below expectations), there are also
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My Hollywood Adventure (aka A Skeleton in My Financial Closet)

One of the tricky things about investments is that you don’t always know how they’re going to turn out. Long, long ago (in the 1970s before I learned to apply biblical principles to managing my finances) in a place far,
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Fulfilling Your Purpose

Are you a “good” or “bad” investor? That can’t be answered without an understanding of an investor’s purpose. If you know the purpose of an investor is to manage money in such a way as to make it grow, but your investment
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Plans Fail for Lack of Counsel, but with Many Advisers They Succeed

It’s a great time of year for the Pryors — Susie and I are getting ready to leave for our annual vacation on the Carolina beaches! While we’re there, we don’t buy newspapers, turn on the television, read any news, or do
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Investing with the Long-Term in Mind

In reading through Winning the Loser’s Game, source of this month’s cover article, I was especially taken by a chapter titled simply “Time” (much of which we included in the excerpt). It’s not that what Ellis wrote was new
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Things Are Not As They Seem

Sorting out the real from the illusory is one of the great challenges in investing, as in life. There’s often a disconnect between our perceptions and the underlying reality. Things are not as they seem. For
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Personalized Financial Planning Is Now Within Your Reach

A few years ago, ING ran an ad campaign that showed people going about their day, each carrying a number. The number was the unique amount each of them needed to save for retirement, and the focus of the ads was asking “Do
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Watching, Waiting, Planning, Working

“The end times are at hand and you want me to set up a plan?” Years ago, we sent out several thousand letters to Christians who we thought might have an interest in a resource such as SMI, one that could help them set up
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The Declaration of Independence Revisited

[This article has been updated from one that first appeared in SMI in the October 1994 issue. Sadly, more than 20 years later, it's more timely than ever.] “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find
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Thanksgiving Stories

This Thanksgiving, many of us will gather with extended family to enjoy food, fellowship, and perhaps some football. It can also be a time of life-changing conversations. When my wife, Jude, and I became parents, we
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