Money Matters

Business Today

April 11, 2016

FSI Advocates Access to Independent, Affordable Financial Advice Local financial advisor Bill Dowell, Founder and President of Vision Financial Group, recently became a member of the board of directors of the Financial Services Institute (FSI) in Washington, D.C. FSI advocates for Main Street Americans’ access to unbiased, affordable financial advice, delivered by a growing network …

You Can Bank On It

April 10, 2016

A Noble Idea. In 2004, a group of community leaders saw the need for a new locally-owned community bank. They had a common vision: to establish a financial institution based on Biblical principles. They envisioned a bank wherein all business endeavors and decisions would be handled in a Godly manner while meeting the needs of …

Money Matters

April 4, 2016

Important Changes this Month in Social Security Benefit Rules: What You Need to Know Last fall when Congress passed the budget bill, they added a portion called “Closure of Unintended Loopholes” which primarily addresses two Social Security claiming strategies that have become increasingly popular over the last several years. These two strategies, known as “file …

Money Matters

March 1, 2016

Why You Should Stay In Stocks in 2016: One Bad Trading Day Is Not the Year The stock market has wavered recently. A lackluster year just ended, and this year has started inauspiciously. You may be wondering…should you really be invested in stocks right now? Yes, you should be. In moments like these, investors should not …

Money Matters

February 3, 2016

Investing as a Couple: Getting to Yes In a perfect world, both halves of a couple share the same investment goals and agree on the best way to try to reach them. It doesn’t always work that way; disagreements about money are often a source of friction between couples. How can you bridge that gap? …

The Joys & Financial Challenges of Parenthood

December 25, 2015

As our children travel the long and never-dull road from infancy to adulthood, we nurture them, worry about them, scold them, and love them. Most of all, we try to protect them. We want them to grow up in a stable world, one in which they are physically safe, emotionally nurtured, and financially secure. Still, …

Divorce & Your Social Security Benefits

November 25, 2015

Unfortunately, half of all marriages end in divorce. So, there is a good chance this article may be relevant for someone you know. After a divorce, you can claim retirement benefits based on your own earnings record (if you have been employed and have accumulated enough credits over the years), or you can claim benefits …

Why & Where to Give

October 25, 2015

Why should we give money to the church or to ministries? And where should we give? Why we give can be answered in a four-fold way. Giving expresses the life of Christ. He who was rich became poor for us, according to 2 Corinthians 8:9. If we want people to see Christ in us, we …

ThanksGIVING

October 25, 2015

Entering the Thanksgiving season, I often find myself focusing more on the first half of the word, thanking God for His many blessings. Certainly reflecting on our blessings and giving thanks to God is an honorable part of this holiday, but this season is also a great time to assess your giving plans and consider …

Cleaning Out the Night-Stand Drawer!

October 25, 2014

Spring has always been about working in the yard, doing some much needed house cleaning and taking or planning some long weekend trips with the family! At the same time all the local flowers shops start putting out their various displays, everyone begins ordering mulch or pine straw for their yards and you start seeing …

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