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Giving Hits a Record High – How’s Yours?

Charitable giving in the U.S. notched a new record last year, up 2.7 percent over 2015, according to a new report from Giving USA and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Overall giving topped $390
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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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When Premarital Agreements May Be Appropriate

John, age 60, lost his wife to cancer four years ago. He remarried last year. He now finds that he also has cancer. When he visits his attorney to update his will, he learns that, unless his new wife agrees to a change,
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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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Easter Meditation: “That’s My King!”

Many years ago, before there was the Internet, email, and mp3 downloads, a small package arrived one day from my friend Ted DeMoss. It was a cassette with a brief six-minute message, one that had thrilled my friend’s
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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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What Do You Want?

Of all the many books about money I’ve read and messages about money I’ve heard, several authors and speakers have become favorites. I trust their use of Scripture, I enjoy their style of writing or speaking, and their
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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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An Exciting New Opportunity for SMI Members: Personal Financial Planning via MoneyGuidePro®

Personalized financial planning offers tremendous benefits. Understandably, those benefits haven’t come cheap. But thanks to our friends at SMI Advisory Services and an
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The Wisdom and Foolishness of Saving Money

When it comes to guidance about saving money, the Bible uses the word “fool” to describe two extremes—not saving anything and saving too much. In the first case, we’re told it’s foolish not to save: “In the house of the
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