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Money Lessons From Mom and Dad

Even if parents never teach their kids overt lessons about finances, how mom and dad use their money will speak volumes.
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Helping Your Kids Find Their Way

Learn about two resources that can help teenagers make good decisions about choosing a career field.
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When Inflation Hits Home

The mayor of my city sent me a letter last week. Well, actually, he sent it to all homeowners and residents. He informed us that the city council just voted to raise taxes. The move is necessary, he said, because the
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Next-Gen Investors and the Opportunity of a Down Market

If you’ve been reading SMI content for a while, you’ve heard certain messages time and time again. Have a plan. Stay with your plan. The market moves in cycles. Time in the market trumps market timing. And on and on. But
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Toy Fire Trucks and the Financial Journey

With our oldest planning to head off to college in the fall, I’ve been in an especially nostalgic mood lately. I’ve been lingering a little longer when Facebook sends me photographic “memories” of past family trips and
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Living With the End in Mind

I don’t mean to get all morbid on you, but I’ve been thinking a lot about death lately. Over the Christmas break, I attended five visitations on behalf of our church. Then we got the tragic news that the dad in a family we
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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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Give Me the Simple Life

I don't know who comes up with such things, but today is National Simplicity Day — pegged to the birthdate of American naturalist, poet, and philosopher Henry David Thoreau. Whatever you may think about Thoreau's overall
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How Much Money Should You Leave to Your Children?

You can help ensure that the money you leave behind isn’t frittered away, and that it doesn't become an instrument of destruction in a loved one's life.
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Pandemic Lessons — Will They Last?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been unlike anything most of us have ever experienced. With the worst of it apparently behind us now, many people are reflecting on what they’ve learned from it, how it has impacted their
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