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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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Wise Stewardship Includes Having a Will That Protects Your Children

Many people haven’t drafted a will because they think wills are only for the wealthy. Scripture, however, teaches that responsible stewardship isn’t a function of the size of one’s wealth. Stewardship is about obedience
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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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