Asset Allocation is the Biggest Investment Decision You’ll Ever Make

I get questions. I get questions about the Bible and money, questions about debt, and questions about investing. Did you know that the questions you ask don’t necessarily get you to the solution you need?  If you ask the wrong question, you’ll get the wrong piece of advice. We tend to think the most important investing questions are: How much should I be saving for … [Read more...]

Who are the Most Influential Voices in Christian Finance?

He asked me, “Who are currently the most influential voices in Christian finance?” I was having dinner with some friends and met someone who asked me the question above.  I gave an answer, but in the end I wondered if I’m the worst person in the world to answer that question. I’ve been living in a cave of sorts. It’s not a literal cave, but I’ve lived outside of the North American … [Read more...]

Should You Only Own a Single Target Retirement Fund?

I haven’t looked at any stats recently, but last I checked, target funds are growing in popularity. The reason is because they make people feel safer.  They present a simple, little-knowledge-required way to do your investing. Thus, they target folks who know little about investing, but want to be saving for retirement.  Furthermore, they are ideal for people who don’t want to have anything … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Index Funds, Mutual Funds, and ETFs

If you were to jump into a Canadian lake in January, I bet you’d feel some sort of shock to your system. If you’ve never done much investing, you’ll feel a similar shock when you start to sort through all the investing options. In fact, beginning investors often use phrases like -  overwhelmed, so many choices, and I don’t know what to do. Don’t expect me to tell you what to do, but I do … [Read more...]

Best Ways to Maximize Cash, Credit Card, and Debit Card Rewards

Yesterday, Jason was kind enough to write a guest post on how he maximized rewards.  Today, I’ll give my thoughts on the subject and share what I believe are the best methods for maximizing your credit card and debit card rewards. #1 Cash: Reward Potential – Unlimited if it Helps You Stay within Budget You might be thinking that you don’t get any cash back with cash.  Yes, that is true. But for … [Read more...]

DIY Rewards Cards: Pay Yourself Back Without Going Into Debt | Guest Post

Today I’m publishing a guest post by Jason Jacobs. Jason Jacobs is a missionary in a web programmer's body. In addition to working on financial fitness, he also spends a lot of time writing about his journey towards physical fitness. You can follow his progress at Finding My Fitness. Many of us are probably trying to get out of credit card debt quickly. We’ve also seen the ads telling us the … [Read more...]

What Romans 13:8 Teaches About Financial Debt

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. (Romans 13:8 NIV) This week someone very kindly, politely, and respectfully challenged me to rethink my position on debt and credit cards.  Her belief is that when one uses a credit card (even if it is paid off every month), she is in debt.  Romans 13:8 was one of … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Deal With a Declining US Dollar

In the cover article of the April 2011 issue of the Sound Mind Investing Newsletter, Austin Pryor shared stats that indicated that the US Dollar has fallen 14% (when compared to some of the major currencies) since the end of April 2009. You’d think that as a missionary who is paid in US funds I would have already known that, but I guess the PNG Kina hasn’t been hit as hard or I’ve been ignorant … [Read more...]

How to Get Your FICO Credit Score Online (Any Free FICO Score Options?)

Confession time.  At this time last year I’d never checked my FICO credit score. About 5-6 months ago I decided that your FICO score matters, and so I signed up for a free account at Credit Karma (at the time I didn’t know that Credit Karma doesn’t even give you your FICO credit score, but other credit scores) to help me monitor what’s happening with my credit.  Before that point, I’d never … [Read more...]

Mutual Fund Investing Vs. Index Fund Investing

If you asked me for advice to start investing, I’d first have to tell you that I legally cannot give specific investing and accounting advice.  Then I’d tell you that both index funds and mutual funds are better ways to invest than single stocks.  Then you might ask me which is better: mutual funds or index funds*?  Here’s what I’d say … *For clarification in this post, I’ll be discussing … [Read more...]