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Getting In Shape In 2017 With A ‘Fiscal Health Day’

Several years ago, when New York Times personal-finance writer Ron Lieber was furloughed for a few days, he responded in true personal-finance expert fashion. By devoting one of his unpaid days off to taking care of a list
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2017 Contribution Limits, Deductions, and Other Rule Changes

Every year brings a number of changes in various financial rules and regs that impact our personal financial planning. While President-elect Donald Trump has proposed sweeping tax reform, it’s impossible to know which of
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Your 10 Most Important Financial Moves for 2017

As this year draws to a close, it’s a natural time for reflection. Without meaning to sound like a politician, consider this: Are you better off now than you were at the start of the year? Financially speaking, what has
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Election Analysis: How A Trump Presidency May Affect Your Taxes

In two of the most shocking political upsets in American history, President-elect Donald Trump first navigated past a field of 16 Republican challengers in the primaries, then beat the formidable Clinton machine in the
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Debt-Proof Your Christmas

Christmas can be stressful trying to figure out what to buy and for whom. Add budget concerns to that mix and it’s easy to lose our focus on why we celebrate Christmas in the first place. Mary Hunt is doing her part to
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New Rules Make It Easier to Give Toward College Costs

If you have a college-bound child or grandchild in your life, you may benefit from recent changes in the financial-aid application process. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the federal government’s Free
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Two Simple Steps Toward Getting Out Of Debt Asap

Getting out of debt tops the list of Americans’ financial priorities, according to a recent study by BMO Wealth Management. If getting out of debt is one of your top goals, two simple steps will speed up the
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Following Perfect Guidance from a Perfect Counselor

[Matthew was a member of the SMI team for 10 years before departing to pursue his passion for fitness. His first book, The Body Tithe Devotional, is designed to encourage Christians through a 90-day fitness or health
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How Your Spending May Save Your Retirement

Glance at enough retirement-article headlines, and you can get the impression that you’ll never be able to retire. Consider this: According to JP Morgan (PDF), a 40-year-old with household income of $100,000 should have
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Guiding Your Children Toward Their Career Calling

In a tough economy, finding a job straight out of college isn’t easy. It’s even more difficult for graduates who don’t have a clear idea of what they want to do with their education. For years, Crown Financial Ministries
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