Category Archives for "Planning"

20 Major Advantages of Investing in Mutual Funds

by Austin Pryor for Sound Mind Investing Mutual funds offer many benefits that can make your investing program easier and safer. Here are 20 of their major advantages. Advantage #1: Mutual funds can reduce the anxiety of investing. Most investors constantly live with a certain amount of anxiety and fear about their investments because they […]

Putting critical papers in order

What would happen if you were injured in an automobile accident, incapacitated by a stroke, or the victim of an airplane crash? Would your family be able to find the information they need to handle your affairs? For most Americans the answer would be, “No!” Most people put off until too late organizing important documents […]

Government giving gets Robin Hood all wrong

By Chuck Bentley—WashingtonTimes.com—Monday, December 24, 2012 Killing incentive to give will hurt the poor, not the rich. A fundamental misunderstanding of the Robin Hood legend in the current discussion of tax policy undergirds a mistaken idea, too rarely evaluated—that hurting the “rich” helps the “poor.” Right now, this is played out in proposals to reduce […]

U.S. Savings Bonds

What are savings bonds? Savings bonds are loans to the government for a predetermined period of time (generally seven years or longer). They were designed primarily to help fund the U.S. war effort in World War II and were originally called war bonds. After the war, the bond program was continued and retitled U.S. savings […]

How to refinance

The primary reason people choose to refinance their home mortgages is because of low mortgage interest rates. However, before refinancing, they should be aware that sometimes they may end up paying more, not less, for a mortgage because lenders charge new types of fees, and loan arrangements can be complex. When to refinance If you’re […]

Picking the Right Stock-to-Bond Mix

by Mark Biller for Sound Mind Investing What determines the performance of your investment portfolio more than any other single factor? Most investors think it’s picking good stocks and stock funds. Certainly that can make a big difference, and that’s why we suggest using a proven strategy like Fund Upgrading to help make important buy/sell […]

The five-Tier investing system

Investing is not unscriptural. As Christians learn to invest money according to God’s principles, they’ll find that God will increase their opportunity to help others. This is, in reality, the real purpose of investing: to gain financial security by increasing assets in order to serve God more fully. However, no single financial plan will fit […]

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