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Personalized Financial Planning Is Now Within Your Reach

A few years ago, ING ran an ad campaign that showed people going about their day, each carrying a number. The number was the unique amount each of them needed to save for retirement, and the focus of the ads was asking “Do
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Watching, Waiting, Planning, Working

“The end times are at hand and you want me to set up a plan?” Years ago, we sent out several thousand letters to Christians who we thought might have an interest in a resource such as SMI, one that could help them set up
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The Declaration of Independence Revisited

[This article has been updated from one that first appeared in SMI in the October 1994 issue. Sadly, more than 20 years later, it's more timely than ever.] “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find
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Thanksgiving Stories

This Thanksgiving, many of us will gather with extended family to enjoy food, fellowship, and perhaps some football. It can also be a time of life-changing conversations. When my wife, Jude, and I became parents, we
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A Culture Trying to Stand on Sinking Sand

Two-thirds of baby-boomers will inherit family money over their lifetimes, according to research by the Boston College Center for Retirement Research, amounting to the tidy sum of some $7.6 trillion! But inheritors are up
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What Investing Newsletters Do That Financial Magazines Don’t

A well-stocked bookstore is likely to offer dozens of financial and business magazines. It usually takes a while for a newcomer to financial reading to gain a feel for their individual “personalities.” Many magazines focus
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The Good News: Higher Prices!
The Bad News: Higher Risk?

With the stock market hitting new all-time highs in July, the S&P 500 index of large U.S. companies has now climbed +221% since the last bear market ended more than seven years ago. The Russell 2000 index of smaller
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How Confident Are We in God’s Promises?

As we celebrate SMI’s 26th anniversary this month, it’s an appropriate time to remind you what motivates and energizes our work—our hope that helping you have more would give you the freedom to give more. The Great
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A Stock Market History Lesson: Crises Are More Common than Bear Markets

Before we ever risk a dollar in the stock market, there are some things we know ahead of time. We know that the stock market will rise and fall, sometimes violently. Right? We know that. We also know that economic
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Years of Plenty, Years of Famine — 10 Years Later

Ten years ago, in the summer of 2006, I wrote an editorial titled Years of Plenty, Years of Famine. In it, I told how Joseph has always been one of my favorite Bible characters. His roller-coaster ride from favorite son to
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