The August issue of the SMI Newsletter will be posted this Friday, so we're rolling out the Roundup a couple of days early this week. Enjoy!

And from the financial bloggers and pundits...

  • Balancing act (Jonathan Clements, Humble Dollar). Under age 45? A decline in share prices could redound to your benefit, as you buy at lower prices. But if you're older, it may be time to re-think your risk exposure.
     
  • Don't be unnerved by health-care cost estimates for retirement (Sudipto Banerjee, Investment News). Yes, it's a lot of money, but the overall expense likely will be spread out over many, many years.
     
  • A budget disaster of epic proportions (John Merline, Issues & Insights). Needless to say, not everyone is happy about the latest federal budget deal.
     
  • Going back to work (Chris Mamula, Can I Retire Yet?) A post-retirement job that pays even a modest amount can go a long way toward relieving stress on a portfolio.
     
  • 8 ways to trust God when money is tight (Cindi McMenamin, Crosswalk). The author writes "based on three decades of seeing God come through for my family financially."

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