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Thrifty Couples Are the Happiest

While thumbing through some old blog posts today, I found this one I wrote a decade ago. It definitely has information worth repeating! Research from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia shows that
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Putting the Brakes on Car-Buying Costs

High car-buying and ownership costs can slow your progress toward saving for retirement, increasing your giving, and achieving other financial goals.
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Tracking Your Portfolio

Tracking performance details for your overall portfolio usually requires gathering information from multiple accounts and trying to put it all together into a unified whole. An online tracking platform can make that task
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How to Give Your Kids an Allowance

An allowance enables a child to experience the real world of money management. There’s nothing like having cash in their hands to help kids learn about money. 
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SMI on the Radio: Investing in a College Education (audio and transcript)

A college education doesn't come cheap, and a lot of the expense these days is funded with debt that can take a decade or more to pay off. Is going to college really worth it? I had the opportunity to discuss that topic
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Protecting Seniors From Financial Fraud and Exploitation

Mildred Smith of Stockbridge, Ga., answered the phone (not her real name but the story is true). “Señora Smith,” said a serious voice on the other end, “This is Rafael Lopez with the Mexico City police. Your grandson is
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SMI Introduces Multiply: A Biblical Guide to Investing

Many SMI members have asked us to create materials suitable for a small group or Sunday School class. Done! Our new four-part video-based study equips people with the knowledge, confidence, and biblical foundation to
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An Empty Nest? Now’s the Time to Ramp up Savings – And to Have Fun

Many couples arrive at the "empty nest" years short on retirement savings. But here’s the good news: this phase of life offers the opportunity to make unprecedented progress on your savings goals, while still enjoying life
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Your 10 Most Important Financial Moves for 2019

Each December, we offer planning suggestions for the year ahead. But this isn’t meant to be a one-size-fits-all list. It’s up to you to take our broad collection of ideas and narrow them down to your personal “Top 10” for
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Funding a Retirement Nest Egg – Before Graduating From High School

What if your kids could have their retirement significantly funded before they graduated from high school? An impossible dream? Maybe not.
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