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MoneyWise is a daily radio outreach, a non-profit ministry that teaches people of all ages how to handle money based on the principles of the Bible. Steve Moore and Rob West host this daily program. MoneyWise features listener interaction and expert guests, helping people manage their finances in a way that pleases God. To be a part of the broadcast, call 1 (800) 525-7000.

Recent Episodes

Mar 23

Good Record Keeping

Are you buried in paper? Never sure which receipts, statements and documents to hang on to? And for how long? Well youre not alone. Many of us struggle with paper clutter. On this edition of MoneyWise, Steve Moore and Rob West help you dig out of that paper avalanche and put a filing system in place to keep it from happening again.They cover how to deal with privacy when it comes to documents that contain personal information, and how to set up a 3-drawer system based on how long you need to keep certain documents. Next, they answer your questions at (800) 525-7000 and Questions@MoneyWise.org about the following: Should we take money from a 401k to help pay for a second home were looking to buy in anticipation of move into it when we retire? What happens when you contribute more to a Roth 401k in a year than the IRS allows? Would an annuity be a good investment vehicle for someone in her early 60s looking for regular monthly income in retirement? How should I set up my estate to make sure my grandchild is cared for when Im gone?Im raising her because her parents are not in the picture. Be sure to check out our website at MoneyWise.org.While youre there, you can connect with a MoneyWise Coach or access our other books and many free helpful resources.You can also find us on Facebook (MoneyWise Media) and join the conversation. Thanks for your prayerful and financial support that helps keep MoneyWise on the air.And if you'd like to help, just go to the website and click the Donate tab at the top of the page.

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Mar 22

Practical Ways to Teach Your Children

Today on Money Wise Rob West and Steve Moore offer biblical wisdom on teaching your children to manage money in an age appropriate manor. They also cover topics such as when to retire and how to pay for home repairs with no savings. Next, they take your questions at 800-525-7000 or Questions@MoneyWise.org about the following: Both husband and wife are recent college graduates and both have college debt.Theyd like to pay it off, but a financial planner said they should not pay it off early.What do you think? Husband and wife have credit card debt.Theyre not behind in their payments.They have a lot of equity in their home.Should they take out a lower Home Equity Loan to pay off the credit cards? Ive messed up big time with my finances.I started into a Debt Management program but couldnt make the payments.Ive tried to get on a budget but couldnt stick with it.What do I do? Who needs access to my Social Security Number?Nowadays, everyone seems to ask for it including my cable company.Which requests are legitimate? My mortgage lender recently sold my mortgage to another company.Why do they do this, and are they allowed to do it without notifying me? At the end of the program, Steve mentioned the book,Splitting Heirs, by Ron Blue.You can find it on our website at MoneyWise.org.While youre there, you can connect with a MoneyWise Coach or access our other books and many free helpful resources.If youre active on social media, you can find us on Facebook (MoneyWise Media) and join the conversation. Thanks for your prayerful and financial support that helps keep MoneyWise on the air.And if you'd like to help, just go to the website and click the Donate tab at the top of the page.

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Mar 21

Planning Well for Retirement

Are you planning on retiring some day? Maybe in twenty years, or maybe in two? Well, before you do, here are some questions that may be worthy of asking yourself.Today on Moneywise, Rob West and Steve Moore will examine some reasons for retirement. And golf and bass fishing arent really what were thinking about. Next, they answer your questions at (800) 525-7000 and questions@moneywise.org about the following: -My wife and I have built up about $50,000 in equity in our house. We need to do some repairs around the house. Should we refinance to get the cash out? Or should we get a home equity line of credit to finance the repairs? -We have extra money in our savings and checking accounts, but the interest rate is nearly zero. Is there a better place to put this money? -I have a one-bedroom condo that is paid off. Im getting married soon and will need to buy a larger place. A friend is offering his two bedroom condo at an exceptional price, but he needs me to move on it in the just one week. Is there a way for me to accomplish this? -Ive got some money in 403(b) accounts. I heard you talking last week about a back-door Roth IRA. Would that be a good idea for me? Be sure to check out our new website at moneywise.org to connect with a MoneyWise Coach or access our books, videos, or any of our free helpful resources.You can also find us on Facebook. Thanks for your prayerful and financial support that helps keep MoneyWise on the air.And if you'd like to help, just go to the website and click the Donate tab at the top of the page.

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Mar 20

Lawsuits and the Christian

In our country today, lawsuits have become commonplace. Lawsuits with merit, frivolous ones, and just plain weird ones. But theyre no fun if they happen to you. Lawsuits and the Bible today on MoneyWise. If this is your first time listening, MoneyWise is a program about managing money according to Gods wisdom, the Bible. Directing us is financial planner, teacher, and the president of Kingdom Advisors, Rob West. Today on Moneywise, Rob West and Steve Moore have some advice on how Christians should deal with lawsuits. Next, they answer your questions at (800) 525-7000 and questions@moneywise.org about the following: -I am a full-time student. I recently totaled my car. I was approved for a small personal loan which will allow me to purchase a used car. However, Im concerned that Ill just have to buy another one soon because of the high mileage of the cars I can afford. Is there a better way to do this? -Im in my early thirties, and I may be able to pay off my house at the end of the year. Its a chunk of about $45,000. Is it best to pay off the house, or should I put that money into investments? -My wife and I have established our emergency fund set up, and we are diligent in our budgeting. But unexpected expenses are really hurting us right now. Should we use our emergency fund for those unexpected expenses? Or should we have an unexpected expenses line in our budget? Be sure to check out our new website at moneywise.org to connect with a MoneyWise Coach or access our books, videos, or any of our free helpful resources.You can also find us on Facebook. Thanks for your prayerful and financial support that helps keep MoneyWise on the air.And if you'd like to help, just go to the website and click the Donate tab at the top of the page.

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Mar 19

Choosing the Right Major

Today on MoneyWise, Steve Moore and Rob West offer advice to high school and college students on how to choose the best major, financially speaking. They discuss top paying jobs and how to avoid the most student debt after college.Next, they take your questions at 800-525-7000 or Questions@MoneyWise.org about the following: I've been paying for an extended warranty on a 2011 car. Should I try to get out of it or keep paying for it? We still owe $38k on our mortgage. We also own a truck and a camper that are probably worth about that much. We really enjoy camping, but should we sell the truck and camper in order to pay off the house? Husband and wife in their late 50s are now debt-free except for their mortgage. They have approximately $1000/month extra. Should they put all of that against the remainder of the mortgage? Invest it for retirement? Or what? I got a good new job. My wife is expecting our fourth child. We've never really had our own place to call home and would like to buy a house. Should we do that? At the end of the program, Steve mentionedThe Financial Stewardship Biblefrom the American Bible Society.You can find it on our website at MoneyWise.org.While youre there, you can connect with a MoneyWise Coach or access our other books and many free helpful resources.If youre active on social media, you can find us on Facebook (MoneyWise Media) and join the conversation. Thanks for your prayerful and financial support that helps keep MoneyWise on the air.And if you'd like to help, just go to the website and click the Donate tab at the top of the page.

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Mar 18

Learning To Love A Bear Market – With Mark Biller

Today on Money Wise, Steve Moore and Rob West speak with investing specialist, Mark Biller, to discuss how to love a bear market. They also give helpful and Biblical advice on how to handle your finances during a bear market and how to prepare financially for a future bear market. To learn more about Mark Biller and Sound Mind Investing, visit soundmindinvesting.org. Next, they answer your questions at (800) 525-7000 and questions@moneywise.org about the following: -I have been renting for a long while. Should I look at buying a home? -Can I rebuild my credit with a credit card? Be sure to check out our new website at moneywise.org to connect with a MoneyWise Coach or access our books, videos, or any of our free helpful resources.You can also find us on Facebook and get notifications about what were up to. Thanks for your prayerful and financial support that helps keep MoneyWise on the air.And if you'd like to help, just go to the website and click the Donate tab at the top of the page.

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Mar 16

Separate or Joint Checking Accounts

Today on Money Wise, Steve Moore and Rob West speak about whether husbands and wives should have separate checking accounts and finances. They also talk about the Biblical principle of becoming one and what that looks like in finances. Next, they answer your questions at (800) 525-7000 and questions@moneywise.org about the following: -I had a job where I had a 401K. When I left the job I used the money from the 401K to pay off my moms funeral. I received a settlement from work and I paid off my student loans. They job I have now does not have a 401K program. Where can I build this money back up? -My husband and I sold our home and we paid off our credit card debt. We were presented with an opportunity to buy a resort. The owners are asking for a down payment. Should we use money from our 401K for this? -I got into a variable annuity 14 years ago. In doing that, I didnt understand it. It has gone up. They also manage a couple IRAs for me. I would like to simplify it. Advice? Be sure to check out our new website at moneywise.org to connect with a MoneyWise Coach or access our books, videos, or any of our free helpful resources.You can also find us on Facebook and get notifications about what were up to. Thanks for your prayerful and financial support that helps keep MoneyWise on the air.And if you'd like to help, just go to the website and click the Donate tab at the top of the page.

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