Financial Planning

When is it OK to Take on Debt?

You’ve heard it said: “There is ‘good debt’ and there is ‘bad debt’.” Perhaps this has caused you to wonder how any debt could ever be good at all! Some debt is certainly worse than other debt, but what factors separate bad from good?

Debt and the decision of whether to take it on can often be stressful. Relax. The following information will help you understand a situation regarding debt with more clarity; leading to a more knowledgeable approach to debt in your everyday life. This will bring clarity to when it might be OK to take on debt.

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Investing for Millennials

Investing for the first time can stir up myriad of emotions. First time investors often feel overwhelmed, anxious, and confused. If this is you, you’re more than likely experiencing at least one of two things. Either you don’t have the know-how to get started, or you don’t believe you have the means to begin investing. Worry not. This article is for you, as well as anyone else wanting a high-level introduction to the world of opportunity that investing opens.

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Six Things I Learned from my Encounter with Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett has amassed over $70 billion primarily through investing. Few argue against the fact that the 86 year old is the greatest investor the world has ever seen. I recently had the opportunity to spend an entire day listening to him and absorbing knowledge.  The occasion, Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholder meeting, drawing over 40,000 to CenturyLink Arena in Omaha, Nebraska.  As you can see in the cover photo that I snapped, to say that Buffett is a celebrity at this event would be an understatement.

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Why and How to Pay Cash for Your Next Vehicle

Cars are expensive. The average American spends almost $9,000 per year per vehicle on repairs, fuel, insurance, taxes, and car payments. Add on that cars rapidly depreciate in value and it is quick to see why decisions about purchasing a vehicle significantly impact your financial picture. But you aren’t reading this post to be convinced that cars are expensive; you already knew that. Rather, this article focuses on the costs of car ownership that you can control. Namely, this article shares how to eliminate car payments altogether by paying cash for your next vehicle.

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Is Your Financial Planner a Fiduciary?

The word ‘fiduciary’ is unfamiliar to most. In simplest terms, a fiduciary is someone who works on behalf of a client with their best interests in mind. The reason it hasn’t had much mainstream attention is because, to date, financial planners have not been required to operate as fiduciaries. But that is all about to change. A new standard was recently approved by the Department of Labor (DOL) requiring all financial planners to act as fiduciaries when advising on retirement accounts.

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Six Biblical Money Principles

The Bible has lots to say about money. In fact, money and possessions are referenced over two thousand times throughout the scriptures! That is approximately seven times more often than “love”, which is the second most referenced topic. Money was an important topic in Biblical times, and it remains an important topic today.

So what does the Bible teach us about money? Perhaps more importantly, how can we apply what the Bible says about money to our daily life today?

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Charitable Giving, Generosity, and... Taxes

Jesus commissions His disciples in Matthew chapter 10 to serve the sick and the marginalized in society. His words to them are of selfless generosity, saying “Freely you have received, now freely give”. In the same way, we should generously and joyfully give out of our abundance to the Church and to organizations that are outreaching to others in need - in fact there are many reasons why we should give willingly.

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Retirement Savings and the Millennial Generation

 

Are you a millennial and wish that you had more (or anything) saved for retirement?  If so, you're not alone.  A shocking 80% of millennials are not invested in the stock market!  This is a major problem, but thankfully there is still plenty of hope for millennials and their retirement.

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Is Retirement Biblical?

Retirement is the most talked about topic in financial planning.  It is often portrayed as the ultimate end goal or as the purpose for working hard at a job for multiple decades. For these reasons I ask: is retirement Biblical? This blog post answers this simple yet important question, and in doing so also explores how Christians should spend their retirement years. To begin, however, it’s helpful to start with a quick background of retirement’s history in America as a basis of understanding where our culture is today.

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