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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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How to Buy Low This Christmas Season (and Always)

It used to be easier for low-price shoppers to find the best deals. They had their go-to stores where they knew they could find the best prices — one store for shoes, another for electronics. Then it got even easier.
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A Work-Life, Well Spent

Many books have been written about how to handle finances, but few go beyond the nuts and bolts of managing money and making more money. Yet when families weigh how their money can best be used, they need an eternal
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Facing Your Fears: Modeling the Impact of a Significant Bear Market on Your Financial Plan

Investors have enjoyed a powerful bull market over the past 8½ years. But they also carry the emotional scars of the steep declines of 2000 and 2008. With stock valuations currently stretched to
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Searching For An Alternative To AARP? Here Are 6 Options

AARP, the nation’s largest organization for older Americans, traces its heritage to the late 1940s when a high-school principal set out to make sure retired teachers had adequate health insurance. About a decade later, the
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