These strategies differ in philosophy and the amount of attention required. Our preferred strategy is Fund Upgrading. While Upgrading is relatively low-maintenance, it does require checking your holdings each month and replacing funds occasionally. As an alternative to Upgrading, we offer Just-the-Basics JtB , a strategy based on investing via index funds. JtB requires attention only once a year. The JtB strategy is helpful to SMI members whose workplace retirement plans lack a sufficient number of fund options to make successful Upgrading possible.
Here are the funds and percentage allocations we recommend for our Just-the-Basics indexing strategy. Past returns for both Upgrading and Just-the-Basics are shown on our main page at soundmindinvesting. Click the word "Performance" in the middle of the page. April 27, Investing is rather like riding a roller coaster while wearing a blindfold. And while hurtling downward on an actual roller coaster can be fun for some folks anyway , market plunges are anything but.
But you can stay steady through the ups and downs by employing a defined and disciplined investing strategy such as those SMI offers. No single strategy is right for everyone, but every good long-term strategy incorporates six core principles. February 24, Jesus Christ is the greatest of all treasures.
An SMI tenet is that investing decisions should flow from — and be consistent with — a specific investment strategy or strategies you have chosen. These strategies two available to Basic-level members, another to Premium members are easy to understand and relatively simple to implement.
But they require different levels of involvement and self-control. January 27, I want to share with you something I read more than 20 years ago. In context, it was intended to explain how we can have greater success in resisting sin. How did your investments perform last year? However, when you consider any contributions or withdrawals you made and whether you received any interest or dividend checks, the math can start to look much more complex.
And, while some brokers do a good job with this analysis, what if you have money at more than one broker? November 23, In , I began what has become an annual Christmas tradition: offering, as a gift to our active members, a book that has been meaningful in my Christian life. I do this to express appreciation for your support. Without loyal readers, we could not have served the body of Christ these past plus years.
September 28, Since , Social Security has been paying out more in benefits than it takes in from taxes. Austin Pryor , Larry Burkett. Many excellent books teach God's principles of finance. Perhaps one or more of them has helped you lay a strong biblical foundation for carrying out your money management responsibilities. But as you try to apply those principles to making real-life investing decisions, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the jargon and the sheer number of investment possibilities.
Investment advisor Austin Pryor has carefully created the "next step" guide that helps you put Godly principles of finance into motion. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced investor, you'll benefit from stepping across this bridge between "theory" and "action". Each user-friendly lesson is written in everday English and filled with helpful visual aids. In this revised and updated edition of The Sound Mind Investing Handbook, you'll learn - What investing is and why it's actually quite simple - Six characteristics of investing that glorifies God - What important steps to take to prepare yourself financially before invest - What mutual funds are and why they make investing easier than ever before - How to use your personal investing "temperament" and present "season of life" to make decisions and limit your risk - How to implement an investment strategy that's guaranteed to help you keep pace with the markets - Tax-wise ways to invest for college, including the state-sponsored savings plans - The pros and cons of investing internationally - The rules governing IRAs and k s and which should have the priority - How to make the calculations needed to make sure your retirement countdown is on schedule - College professors have even used this book in their finance classes because of its easy to understand format.
So, whether you invest a little or a lot, these biblical principles apply to you.
ISBN Release Date: December Publisher: Sound Mind Investing. Length: Pages. Weight: 1. Dimensions: 0. Customer Reviews. Write a review. So excited about this book! Published by Thriftbooks. This is a fantastic book, it's great for the beginner who is clueless about investing, saving, etc. But, it's also great for the more experienced investor as well. It gives you steps for your financial goals and future, from Step 1, getting out of debt, all the way up to the step of your retirement, and all the steps in between teach you how to get to the point where you actually have a retirement fund.
The biblical perspective is what really ties it all together. He speaks in such easy to understand terms, and you will learn so much, it has been a God send for me. I endorse the integrity and honesty of Austin Pryor. Obviously you, the reader, must evaluate his advice yourself.
No one individual has the right advice for everyone, and anyone can, and will, be wrong in the changing economy we live in. But if you will spend the time to read carefully the counsel Austin provides in this book, you will find it both time and money well spent. After having read numerous introductory texts on money-management from a Christian perspective, this book is the most comprehensive and readable text of the lot.
Austin's book is divided into 6 Sections:1 Getting Debt-free. The author considers this the first level of financial fitness, an equivalent of laying a proper foundation upon which to build. At this early point in the text, he discusses the importance of tithing in your plan. Austin writes "we are not commanded to give generously.
Rather, our giving is a test of sincerity of our love and our willingness to trust in God's utter faithfulness" based upon 2Cor , Austin goes on to say "When you pray about your giving, may I encourage you to give to the full measure of your gratitude and cheerfulness. And continue to ask God to enlarge your heart toward Him so you can eagerly embrace the sacrifice needed to give all the more.
He also includes advice on preparing to help your children to finance their college or technical education. He believes that, if parents have the financial means, they should consider helping with the expenses of a college education for their children. Emphasis is given to the benefits of investing for your children's education as early as possible.
Powerful examples are given. Note that Austin believes that children should be responsible for a portion of their educational expenses as well. Advice on where to invest this money is given, including but not limited to Ed IRAs and plans.
Once you are debt-free and have adequate savings in an emergency fund, the author believes you can then begin to take educated risks by investing your surplus in mutual funds. This section is a primer on investment basics and mutual funds. Austin is a strong proponent of building an age-appropriate,diversified portfolio through mutual fund investing.
For the typical investor, he advocates "dollar-cost-averaging" or "value-averaging" strategies versus market-timing strategies, although he does admit venturing into market-t. Sound Mind Investing is great Published by Thriftbooks. After trying to invest on my own,with mixed results; I've come to have a real admiration for the years of solid experience and great insight in Sound Mind Investing. The market perspective, great research and wonderful world view rate this book tops for me.
Paperback Mind, Body and Spirit Books. What Investment Magazines. What Investment Magazines in English. About this product Product Information Want financial advice that makes sense? With books on finances, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the jargon and the sheer number of investment possibilities. Investment advisor Austin Pryor has carefully created the next step guide that helps you put Godly principles of finance into motion. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced investor, you'll benefit from crossing the bridge between theory and action.
Each user-friendly lesson is written in laymen's terms and includes helpful visual aids.
Here is the definitive guide to helping Christians get out of debt, plan for retirement, and glorlfy God through wise financial mangement. It answers questions about tithing while investing, no-load funds, foreign investments, and much more. The Sound Mind Investing Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Managing Your Money From a Biblical Perspective Paperback – March 1, by Austin Pryor (Author). The Sound Mind Investing Handbook: A Step-By-Step Guide to Managing Your Money from a Biblical Perspective [Pryor, Austin] on yolic.xyz