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Money Roundup: Getting Comfortable With Volatility, The Breadth of Biblical Stewardship, and More

Here is SMI's weekly Roundup of recent reads on investing, personal finance, and stewardship (plus a little bit of public policy info). We hope you find these articles helpful.
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SMI on the Radio: Retirement Savings in a Time of Super-Low Interest Rates (audio & transcript)

Historically, retirees have sought the safety of bonds for much of their retirement savings. But with bonds yielding so little — a situation likely to continue — what's a retiree (or near-retiree) to do? SMI's executive
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Even a Tiny Bit of Extra Income Can Cause Your Medicare Premiums to Rise

A "tax threshold" is a point at which a taxpayer crosses from one level of taxation to another. Something similar happens with Medicare. Above a certain level of income, the premiums charged for Medicare Part B go up.
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Financial Goals and Systems: Can One Exist Without the Other?

A number of years ago, Dilbert cartoon strip creator Scott Adams penned a Wall Street Journal article that sparked some debate about the value of goal-setting. He didn’t pull any punches, telling readers, “Goals are for
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Money Roundup: What Not to Do in a Low-Yield Environment, Schwab Ties the Knot with TD Ameritrade, and More

Here's our Roundup for an early autumn weekend. We hope you find these articles interesting and helpful.
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Finding Better Savings Rates

As detailed in our October issue, money-market mutual funds have fallen on hard times. That's a shame. Here's a quick primer on money funds from The Sound Mind Investing Handbook: [You can lend your money to] "big time"
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Where to Keep Your Savings: The Time/Money Tradeoff

Money-market funds aren’t what they used to be. Not that long ago, they were paying about 2.5%. I should know. Because of that great rate, and in the interest of simplifying our household’s financial life, in the spring of
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Past Their Prime? Tough Times Return for Money-Market Funds

Money-market funds are no longer attractive alternatives for your savings. And they're not likely to be good options again any time soon.
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Your Annual Medicare-Coverage Checkup

Even if you’re happy with your current coverage, take a second look. You might get better coverage for less money.
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October 2020 Sightings

Excerpts from some of what the SMI team has been reading lately.
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