For your reading pleasure, here's our latest collection of interesting articles related to investing, personal finance, and stewardship:
- AAII Sentiment Survey: Optimism rebounds back above historical average (American Association of Individual Investors). Many investors seem unfazed by the October pullback.
- Fed keeps rates unchanged and signals December increase is on track (New York Times). Don't expect this week's election outcome to matter much when it comes to monetary policy.
- Three bad assumptions to avoid during Medicare open enrollment (CNBC). The open enrollment period continues through Dec. 7.
- Pastors see economic turnaround in 2018 giving (Baptist Press). Seventy-seven percent of pastors say their church's 2018 offerings have been at least what they budgeted, including 29 percent who say they've exceeded their budget.
- Church-run credit unions keep the faith despite challenges (Religion News Service). Did you know there are 133 active credit unions in the U.S. with a faith-based charter?
And from the pundits and bloggers...
- Things you see during every market correction (Ben Carlson, A Wealth of Common Sense). Human nature doesn't change.
- Comfortably numb about inflation (Tony Isola, A Teachable Moment). Warning: Over 30 years, just a 2% annual inflation rate will destroy almost 50% in real purchasing power.
- 30-year mortgage rate rises to highest level since February 2011 (Charlie Bilello via Twitter). Just a graph, showing the roller-coaster path of the 30-year rate over the past nearly 8 years.
- Why are so few using 529s? (Blair duQuesnay, The Belle Curve). Many parents must not realize they can stretch their college savings through the tax benefits and market growth available in a 529 plan.
- MediShare review: A Christian health insurance alternative (Bob Lotich, SeedTime). This review first appeared nearly a decade ago. It's been updated for 2018.
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