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Should You Borrow to Buy a Car

  For most people, a car is considered the second biggest expense after housing. This four-wheeled product of human ingenuity has become a sure-fire status symbol and a consistent part of every working adult's wish list. The automotive industry is spending billions of dollars on traditional and digital advertising to entice you in getting their newest sedan, SUV, or truck with a small down payment and an affordable monthly fee. Thus, you come to the crux of the matter: Should…

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Have you saved for a rainy day? I mean do you have enough money to set aside to make your living expenses in the event that you lost your job? In 2013, ING bank did a survey with frightening results. They discovered that the average Australian would run out of money in just six weeks, I believe that in the united states it's as short as 4 weeks. It’s a very serious problem! Even though their unemployment rate has come down,…

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In this day of age we’re bombarded by choice, and never before have we had so many choices about what we can spent our money on. I think Jesus words can provide us with a very healthy perspective. He once said, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in the field. When a man found it, he hid it again and then in his joy went and sold all that he had and bought that field.” - Matthew 13:44…

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True costs of raising a child

Couples always talk about the joys of raising a child. Holding your baby for the first time. Lulling that little bundle of joy to sleep. And how about their first words and first step? The joys are endless (and so are the costs). Family experts remind couples to open their eyes to the financial (costs) responsibility that comes with raising a child. According to statistics released by the United States Department of Agriculture, a middle-income couple would have to spend…

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Can you predict the future? When I started out in the financial advise business, I would pour over the latest research report and devour any financial report that I can get my hands on. In the hope that these reports would help me predict the future, mainly by picking the right investment for my funds. But after a short while I soon realize that the so-called experts (despite being quite convincing in their arguments) really had no more idea than…

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When was the last time you smell the roses? In our modern society, many of us feel under pressure to perform. We feel the pressure to have the right kind of house, send our kids to the right school, drive the right car, and even have the right kind of jobs and holidays. And because of these pressures, many of us do jobs that we don’t enjoy, or we spent money recklessly in the hope of finding some satisfaction, no…

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