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Money & Marriage: It Takes More Than a Spreadsheet

While preparing to do some teaching at my local church about managing money effectively as a couple, my research reminded me once again why money is often such a divisive issue between spouses. Study after study shows that
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The Making of a Wise Money Manager

Among the attendees at my recent workshop, one was an avid reader of Morningstar analyst reports. Another was thinking about investing in GE, noting this seemed an opportune time since the blue-chip company’s stock price
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Survey: For Most, Financial Stability and Peace of Mind Are Elusive

More than half of respondents in a just-released Charles Schwab survey say they are living "paycheck to paycheck." That's one finding in the "Modern Wealth Index," Schwab's annual online survey covering four areas of money
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Time to Replace Your Old Car With One That Has a Warranty?

At some point, it’ll happen: You’ll face a car repair (or two or three) that will make you wonder if you should get rid of that old car and buy another. The repair-or-replace question isn’t necessarily easy to answer. To
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Knowing How Much You Rendered to God and to Caesar

Among the many things Scripture teaches about money, these two are abundantly clear: We are to honor God by giving the first of our income back to Him, and we are to pay our taxes. Honor the LORD from your wealth and from
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How We Misthink Money

According to behavioral economics, many of your ideas about saving, spending, and investing are wrong — and they cost you more than you know.   Economist Dan Ariely explains how our irrational behavior interferes with
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Reconnecting With the “Labs” in MoneyGuidePro®

It’s been one year since MoneyGuidePro®, the top-rated financial-planning software, became available to SMI premium members (by arrangement with SMI Advisory Services — an affiliated, but separate, company from the SMI
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How Time Can Turn $3,000 Into $50 Million

[Editor’s note: If you’re the parent or grandparent of a baby, how would you like to make a small one-time investment that could grow mostly tax-free and ultimately provide your child/grandchild with a comfortable
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Attention Husbands: You Should Know About SMI’s Ministry to Widows

In the mid-1990s I was in talks with Moody Publishers about the possibility of writing a second book. They asked what topics interested me, and among the ideas we discussed was a book tailored to the financial needs of
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Toward a More Joyful Christmas

If you're looking to celebrate Christmas with more joy and less debt, Hundred Dollar Holiday is a book with some helpful insights and suggestions.
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