Author Archive | Matt Bell

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Profitable Ideas: This Might Get You Audited, Building Wealth the Boring Way, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. 22 IRS audit red flags (Kiplinger). It’s always struck me as odd that people who give especially generously are more likely to be audited. Rationality in investing (Retirement Field Guide). Taking a long-term perspective will be better for your portfolio, and […]

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The Power of Clarity

Are you trying to make a positive change in your finances or some other area of your life? How clear are you about the change you’re trying to make? As Chip and Dan Heath researched Switch, their helpful book about what it takes to truly change something about our lives, they discovered several surprises. This […]

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Profitable Ideas: Habits That Won’t Fail, Two Rules For Building Wealth, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. 5 common mistakes that cause new habits to fail (James Clear). Good insights for anyone with new goals for the new year. Two simple rules for building wealth (A Teachable Moment). “Simple beats complex in investing and life.” Those messy humans […]

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The Happiest Uses of Money

If you want to know the secrets to happiness, you’ll find plenty of suggestions online. But there are quite a few serious studies on the topic as well, and one of the most authoritative is the Harvard Study of Adult Development. Some 80 years ago, the school started tracking and analyzing the lives of 724 […]

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Profitable Ideas: What To NOT Do In 2021, How To Stop Stressing About Money, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. The year of the quitter. Seven things to stop doing in 2021 (Value Walk). A stop-doing list can be even more beneficial than a to-do list. More information is available about which college majors pay off, but students aren’t using it […]

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Danger Ahead

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to. — Bilbo Baggins, “The Lord of the Rings” We were made for adventure. Even those of us who work in offices know that’s true. […]

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Profitable Ideas: Happy Spending, Setting Goals in the Midst of a Pandemic, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. How to spend your money for maximum happiness (Popular Science). The latest on what science tells us about the money/happiness connection. Here are creative ways to teach your kids about charity (CNBC). Good ideas for cultivating hearts of generosity in our […]

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Christmas — What’s Fear Got To Do With It?

We don’t usually associate Christmas with fear. We associate it with joy and the celebration of Christ’s miraculous birth. And yet this year’s Christmas finds us living at an unusually fearful time, with the pandemic continuing to wreak havoc with people’s health and livelihoods.  So it may come as a helpful reminder that fear—and God’s […]

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Profitable Ideas: Investing Lessons From a Crazy Year, The Importance of Knowing Your Financial Story, and More

Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. My 2020 investing lessons (A Wealth of Common Sense). My take-away? Find a strategy you’re comfortable staying with in good times and bad, and then stay with it. The reasonable optimist (Collaborative Fund). When it comes to investing, the best mindset […]

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