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Some Lenders Escape Regulation

Among the many nuggets of wisdom King Solomon offers in his Book of Proverbs, prudence remains the watchword for successful Christian investing. “Blessed is the man that findeth wisdom and is rich in prudence,” he says in Proverbs 3:13. Staying informed and clear-eyed protects an investor from costly...

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A Nation of Renters? Not Necessarily

Among the wise words of King Solomon’s proverbs are many exhortations aimed at young people, urging them to behave prudently, listen to the wisdom of their elders, and lay the groundwork or a prosperous life in the service of God: “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law...

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The Wisdom to Know the Difference: Finding Good Investing Advice

Discernment – the wisdom to know the difference – is the linchpin of King Solomon’s proverbs about right and pious living. He lays this out most clearly in Proverbs 2: 3-5: “If thou shalt call for wisdom, and incline thy heart to prudence, if thou shalt seek her as money and shalt dig for her...

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Investing for Retirement: Making A Crown of Old Age

For King Solomon, who reigned for forty years, old age yields the rewards of a life well lived. “Old age is a crown of dignity, which is found in the ways of justice,” he says in Proverbs 16:1. The King’s words suggest the importance of preparing early to enjoy those serene, comfortable years after...

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The House That Wisdom Built: Women in Investing

In the proverbs of Solomon as well as in many other literary works, virtues such as wisdom and justice are personified as women. “Wisdom hath built herself a house,” says the great King in Proverbs 9:1, among many other references. In the days of Solomon and after, most women didn’t own houses,...

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Seller Financing: Exploiting Vulnerable Homebuyers

For King Solomon, who prized wisdom, prudence and just dealing above all other virtues, behaving honorably in dealing with others was important, creating a good reputation and earning the grace of God. These qualities create the foundation for a modern-day investing career, too. But unscrupulous and...

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Credit Reporting Agencies Must Obey These Government Rules

Here's the official word from the FTC: The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires each of the nationwide consumer reporting companies — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months. The FCRA promotes the accuracy...

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Wisdom Hath Built Herself a House – and Prices are Rising

Throughout the proverbs of King Solomon, and the Bible as a whole, a house is a metaphor for prosperity and stability. “Wisdom hath built herself a house,“ says the monarch in Proverbs 9:1. “She hath hewn her out seven pillars.” With “pillars” the metaphor goes even further, implying permanence...

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The AMT: a “Just” Tax Gone Awry

”The fruit of the just man is the tree of life, “ says King Solomon in Proverbs 11:30.  For the King, dealing justly in the world is an important part of living in the grace of God and an essential part of living a life guided by wisdom.  Today’s tax laws have striven to create a measure of equity...

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The Courts: Last Word In Foreclosures?

In many of the Proverbs of King Solomon, a house stands for many things: prosperity, stability and even qualities such as wisdom, or prudence. For Solomon, a house represents stability prosperity and positive values –keys to living a godly, comfortable life. Today, housing still carries those qualities...

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