Category Archives for "Planning"

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 […]

God Will Provide

by Mark Biller for Sound Mind Investing For many people, the biggest obstacle to becoming a successful investor is the belief that investing is too difficult for them to handle. Because that misconception is so prevalent, SMI devotes a lot of coverage to the complexity-busting power of establishing a personal investing plan and sticking with […]

Why I DON’T Like Facebook for Investment

By Chuck Bentley–ATLANTA, May 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Consider Groupon, Netflix, MySpace and Beware, says CEO. Crown Financial Ministries CEO Chuck Bentley outlined reasons that should concern investors who plan on “liking” Facebook for their portfolios. He discussed his hesitance in a national e-blast to supporters of the 35-year non-profit that helps people and businesses who […]

Investing

Investing isn’t simply multiplying and storing assets without purpose – that’s hoarding, which is condemned by Jesus in Luke 12:16-21. But, Solomon gives some excellent investment advice: “Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth” (Ecclesiastes 11:2). Investing 101 Because you’re reading […]

Budget Busters

Budget busters are areas that can lead you into financial disaster. When you overspend in one or more areas of your budget, other areas must be reduced to compensate for the overspending. Otherwise, your budget won’t balance and you’ll start to incur debt. We’ll discuss the most common budget busters below. The following percentages are […]

The Benefits of Type I Savings Bonds

U.S. savings bonds—often given as graduation, baptism, birthday, and wedding gifts—are popular because they are, for all practical purposes, 100 percent risk free, and they can be easily purchased at most banks, at government financial institutions, at work, or through the U.S. Treasury either by mail or online. However, until the introduction of the I […]

Investing in precious metals

The stability of precious metals Eternally attractive to mankind, precious metals have found their principal use as a store of value. Because of their rarity and durability, for thousands of years precious metals have been accepted almost universally as money. Because the value of gold (the most recognized of all precious metals)—what it can buy […]

Don’t feed the lazy

By Chuck Bentley—The Washington Times—November 18, 2011 With the Tea Party, the issues were clear. Government was too big, taxed too much and needed to rein in its out-of-control spending. Its message was a clarion call for limited government coupled with fiscal responsibility. At rallies that had the flavor of church picnics, people gathered to […]