Author Archive | Matt Bell

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To Go Big, Think Small

Goal setting is all the rage this time of year. Unfortunately, so is bashing the practice. Some have become tired of the whole New Year’s resolutions routine. It seems trite to them, unproductive. It’s cool to be anti-goal. I’m okay with being uncool. I love the start of a new year. It always feels like […]

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Profitable Ideas: Leaving Your Heirs More Than Money, Who’s Influencing Your Investments, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. How to use tech to create an ethical will (Wired). Filling in the gaps left by a traditional will. How should your children inherit? 4 scenarios where ‘equal’ is not appropriate (Kiplinger). This is a tough issue for a lot of parents, but it’s […]

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The Light of the World

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. – Luke 2:16-18 A few […]

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Profitable Ideas: Parenting Well Through Christmas, Future Tax Refund Shock, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Parenting well through Christmas and beyond (Eternal Perspectives Ministry). Setting our kids on the path toward enduring happiness. Your wallet is being drained by subscriptions. Wall Street thanks you. (Wall Street Journal). Be careful what you sign up for. You may end up staying—and […]

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Only One Thing Is Needed

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She […]

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Profitable Ideas: Joint Accounts for the Win, Betting Against College Students, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Couples who combine finances are happier. So why don’t more do it? (Wall Street Journal). The culture has been trending toward separate accounts, but the research says joint accounts are better—financially and relationally. The gifts we give our kids (Finding Joy). Really good advice […]

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Four Steps to Conquer Your Fear of Investing

If you’re nervous about investing in the stock market, you’re not alone. It’s been a crazy year in the market—the first extended bear market since 2008, coupled with some strong bounces. Those bounces are typical of bear markets, but they leave many investors wondering whether the worst is over, often only to dash those hopes. […]

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Profitable Ideas: The Super Trait, Getting Wealthy and Staying Wealthy Require Two Different Skillsets, and More

Weekly roundup of recommended personal finance articles from around the web. Gratitude: the key to being satisfied (This Evergreen Home). If there were such a thing as a super trait, this would be it. 9 money principles I’d tell my 17-year-old self (Darius Foroux). Not a bad list. What would you add? Employers rethink need […]

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