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Christian Financial Planning, Budgeting & Investing

Money and Morality: How Values Undercut the Economy

If people can’t control their own desires, can we really expect them to keep their financial house in order?

The Dollar at the Precipice

Our currency is headed for a free-fall off a cliff in the international foreign-exchange markets. Why is this almost a certainty?

  • Fred A. Kingery |
  • November 20, 2009 |
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Is the Economy Really Recovering?

With news reporting the recession is finally over and the stock market recovering over 50% from the March 9th low, we need to ask: is Main Street truly improving?

  • Jay Peroni, CFP(r) |
  • November 06, 2009 |
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Estate Planning Essentials for Bad (and Good) Times

Planning the orderly disposition of your estate (the money and property you own, however much or little) is always a step toward good stewardship and financial peace. Lawyer Stephen Bloom gives readers a simple guide.

It Wants Your Wallet! Beware the Cap and Trade Monster

The impact of cap-and-trade will be devastating for individuals and potentially catastrophic for our nation's already troubled economy. And it probably won't help the environment.

Does Your Spending Reflect Your Values?

Every day you vote with your wallet. Where you work, where you spend, donate and even invest is a reflection of your values...

Credit Scoring Changes You Need to Know

Remember the good ol' days when credit limits meant something, lenders reviewed credit applications, and the livin' was easy? I hate to break it to you, but those days are gone...

A Dangerous Cure: Seven Obamacare Health Myths

President Obama’s healthcare reform plan is the classic case of a "cure" that’s worse than the disease, though it has deceived many well-meaning people.

5 Ways the New Housing Law Benefits Homeowners

Last month, the U.S. Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act. Here is a brief summary of those changes that may be of interest to homeowners.

Lessons We Can Learn from the Madoff Scandal

There are several important lessons that all of us need to learn for good, while this scandal is still fresh in our minds.

Common-Sense Environmentalism: Go Green, $ave Green

Environmentalism doesn’t need to be about a radical political agenda. It can be about our own behavior, informed by values like good stewardship, protecting family time, self-restraint, and helping others.

Spending Tomorrow: Sticking Posterity with the Bill

Yesterday, millions of Americans mailed in their tax returns to the federal government. And millions more stood in tea party protests across the country.

Out of the Dark Tunnel and into the Sunshine

Today, I am renewing my commitment to focus on only those things that are true, honorable, fair, just, pure, acceptable and lovely...

Who You Gonna Believe?

I've put together a sampling of Scriptures that are important for us if we're to survive economic hard times. After all, "Who you gonna believe," bankrupted businesses and folded financial institutions -- or God?

On Economic Depressions: Then and Now?

Dr. Jeffrey Herbener compares the economic booms and busts from the past to today's scenario, discussing what policies got America out of the Great Depression and into a new era.

  • Dr. Jeffrey M. Herbener |
  • March 28, 2009 |
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The Madoff Scandal and Three Essential Questions on Wealth

As Christians living in a fallen world, a world where moral meltdowns like the Madoff rip-off are all too common, it’s vital for us to seek biblical wisdom when it comes to acquiring wealth...

Should You Have a Living Will? A Christian Lawyer's Perspective

Medical advancements carry a price: families must increasingly face murky ethical questions. Attorney Stephen Bloom explains "living wills" (or "advanced directives") in layman's terms while weighing in on some of the dangers he’s observed with these documents…

  • Stephen Bloom, Esq. |
  • November 20, 2008 |
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Congress Can't Repeal the Law of Supply and Demand

Headlines scream with news, but what’s really going on with the credit meltdown? What, if anything, should the government be doing about it? And what about the rest of us? What should we be doing?

  • Stephen Bloom, Esq. |
  • November 06, 2008 |
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Keeping Our Perspective in a Tough Economy

I believe there are some practical things you and I can do to insulate us from some of the financial pain of this current financial crisis. When a storm is brewing, it's time to get back to the basics...

The New Rules of Real Estate

As an attorney, I’ve handled thousands of real estate transactions over my 20-year career. And from my observations, our current housing market trouble is only a symptom of the chronic underlying condition...

  • Stephen Bloom Esq. |
  • September 11, 2008 |
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