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It’s Never Too Late to Save and Invest!

Most investing advice out there seems to be geared towards people just starting their careers. But what if you’re in your 40s or 50s and have never saved for retirement? You won’t have the decades of compound interest that a…

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Living By Design—Generously

Generosity is an integral part of the Christian life. It isn’t that God needs some financial help. Can you imagine the Creator of the universe running a bit short this month and looking to us to help cover the costs…

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6 Steps For Freeing Yourself From Debt

“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” - Proverbs 22:7 The Bible never says that carrying debt is a sin, but it definitely strikes a cautionary stance. As someone who once had $20,000 of credit…

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Making the Most of a Tax Refund

Are you among the 75% of tax payers who will likely receive a tax refund this year? If so, one of the best moves you can make is to decide ahead of time what you’ll do with that money. So, what should…

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Starting Early on Stewardship & Generosity

Benefits of Teaching Kids to Save & Invest If wealth building could be boiled down to a simple formula, it would look something like this: Money + a decent rate of return + time = a lot! Young people typically…

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Climbing the Savings Ladder

Want to earn more interest for your savings than you can get from a savings account? Certificates (sometimes called term share Certificates) are a great solution. However, there is one big difference between certificates and savings accounts: time. With a…

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Why Invest for Retirement When You’re Young?

Young investors have to contend with an unfortunate irony. On the one hand, you have an abundance of an invaluable asset: Time. That’s one of the most powerful ingredients for successful investing. On the other hand, you probably don’t have…

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Summertime Stewardship

For many of us, summertime is synonymous with relax time. Whether enjoying the local pool or going on vacation, life takes on a different rhythm in the summer months. When it comes to financial stewardship, that different rhythm presents both…

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7 Tips for Using Credit Cards Responsibly

Is debt putting your life on hold? According to a new survey, one quarter of Americans ages 18-34 are struggling with debt. And, because of that debt, they’re delaying big life events like buying homes and having children. Credit card debt…

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Save Your Money, Build Your Future

According to a new report, 66% of younger Americans have nothing saved for retirement. But the good news is that there’s something you can do right now, today, to change it. Today, you can start taking charge of your financial future. The…

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