Author Archive | Matt Bell

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Profitable Ideas: Don’t Set/Forget Your 401(k), Debt After Death, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Why you shouldn’t stick with your 401(k) plan’s default savings (US News). For starters, the percentage of your salary it’ll have you contributing is probably too low. My 12 biggest financial mistakes of the last 10 years (The […]

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An Identity Theft Like No Other

Identity theft has become a common crime, impacting millions people each year. As bad as the problem is, about a hundred years ago, an identity theft took place on a far grander scale. Everyone’s identity was stolen. Amazingly, this huge heist didn’t make headlines, and it didn’t prompt any calls for greater security. In fact, […]

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Profitable Ideas: Lessons for Living, The Limits of Minimalism, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Some lessons for living from older generations (A Wealth of Common Sense). One of the absolute best ways to learn about life—the financial aspects and everything else—is to ask those who’ve gone before us. The observer effect and […]

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3 Tough Truths About Investing

Investing is arguably the most complicated and intimidating part of money management. To make sure you’re moving in the right direction with your investments, consider whether these three possibilities are true for you. You may not be investing enough. One of the big trends within workplace retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans, is “auto-enrollment.” It […]

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Profitable Ideas: How to Keep Everything You Earn, The Limits of ‘Conscious Consumerism,’ and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. How to keep all your earnings (Humble Dollar). Ever heard of the “10, 10 and 40” rule? With a high deductible, even a doctor can shortchange his health (Washington Post). If you have a high-deductible health plan, does […]

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Finding Meaning In Our Work

In the opening scene from the movie About Schmidt, Warren Schmidt, played by Jack Nicholson, is staring at a clock on the wall of his office, counting down the minutes until his final day at work will be over and his retirement will begin. He has spent his career working as an actuary for an […]

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Aligning What You Want With What God Wants For You

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reviewing a series of messages called “How to Get What You Really Want” from Andy Stanley, Senior Pastor at North Point Community Church. (You can watch the series and download study questions at ReallyWantSeries.org, or find it on your podcasts app.) We could all quickly come up […]

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