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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 don’t have a lot of money. However, they…

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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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5 Reasons to Buy Your Own Car

Buying a car is a big decision. It’s definitely a financial commitment, but it can be a very positive step for your financial future. You may have heard that the future belongs to ridesharing services and short-term car leasing. But…

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10 Ways to Finance Your Grad School Education

Congratulations! You got your undergraduate degree and now it’s time to think about grad school. But how are you going to pay for it? You’ll want to have a financial plan in place before you enroll, especially if you’re married…

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The Opportunity of Biblical Stewardship

Our identity has a huge impact on how we think and what we do. That’s why, if we want to manage money well, it’s so important to understand who we are in God’s eyes, financially speaking. And why it’s so…

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Easing Into Home Ownership

For the first 10 months of our marriage, my wife and I rented an apartment. Then we bought a condo where we lived for five years. And then we bought a house. We didn’t purposefully set out to follow that…

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