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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

Jul 17

Get Your Free Credit Report

Today on MoneyWise, Steve Moore and Rob West discuss the best way to check your credit score and get your report for free. They discuss the reasons why it is important to always stay on top of your credit report and make sure there are no errors. Next, they answer your questions at (800) 525-7000 and questions@moneywise.org about the following: -I have a young woman in my life that I have been mentoring. How can I help her straighten out her finances? -My wife and I owe 13K on two credit cards. They have no interest. I want to pay them off, but my wife wants to pay them off over time. Advice? -How do I decide between term and whole life insurance? -Can you explain the details of the Acorn app? 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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Jul 16

Treat Marriage Like a Business

Christian author Gary Thomas writes that God designed marriage to provide a partnership, spiritual intimacy, and the ability to pursue God together. But cold, hard facts show that it's more than that. On a financial plain, marriage has several characteristics more related to a business than a romantic institution. Today on MoneyWise Rob West and Steve Moore explain how that's the case. Next, they answer your questions at (800) 525-7000 and questions@moneywise.org about the following: -I received an inheritance large enough to pay off my mortgage. Should I pay it all off in one shot, or should I break it up over several years? -My husband is retired. If he continues working, can we put it in his 401k? -My husband and I are purchasing a home next month. I'm liquidating a portion of an investment portfolio that I inherited. Should I liquidate all of it and put it into a savings emergency fund? -My husband struggles with the idea of a tithe. We don't have a lot of extra money at the end of each month, so he's nervous to give to the church. 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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Jul 15

Changes Coming to the TSP

Today on MoneyWise, Steve Moore and Rob West discuss the changes that will affect the 5.6 million people with TSP accounts. Rob discusses what the changes entail, why the government is making these changes and offers advice and suggestions on what to do if this affects you. Next, they answer your questions at (800) 525-7000 and questions@moneywise.org about the following: -I heard you talking a few weeks ago about life insurance. You mentioned something about inheritance for grandchildren. Can you give me this information again? -My wife and I are in our early 30's. We are trying to figure out the best way to set aside money for retirement as well as savings. Can you help me figure out how to prioritize everything? -How do you feel about extended warranties? -What happens to the money from a 529 plan if my daughter decides not to go to college? 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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Jul 13

FOMO Fuels Spending Decisions

Why do we spend money? Are we spending for necessary things like food clothing, housing and transportation, but what about the rest? Are our decisions dictated by the dreaded FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). Today on MoneyWise, Steve Moore and Rob West discuss how to avoid spending due to FOMO. Next, they answer your questions at (800) 525-7000 and questions@moneywise.org about the following: -Which should I pay off first, student debt or mortgage debt? -How do I best prioritize paying off debt? -My wife and I are trying to pay our home off quickly, but we haven't done much to save for retirement. Is this ok? 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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Jul 12

Your Retirement Checklist

Wouldn't it be better to enter retirement financially prepared? Take steps now to ensure that you'll have retirement resources to stay retired! Find out how on today's MoneyWise as Rob West and host Steve Moore lay out the plan. In this episode we also answer your questions: I need guidance selecting a financial professional. And what is their typical fee?My daughter has very large student loans. What advice can I give so she can pay them off? My husband wants to retire this year but I'm not ready for that! I have trust issues with him; I know I'm supposed to trust the Lord, but I'm scared. What position should I take with my husband? I plan to retire next year. How wise is it to use retirement funds to pay off my home? I do have equity in my home but still have a little left to pay it off. A bond I've had since I was young is maturing soon. But I do have debt. What should I do with the coming interest? To ask your questions, call (800) 525-7000 or email them atquestions@moneywise.org. Also, visit our website,moneywise.org, where you can connect with a MoneyWise Coach, purchase books, and even download free, helpful resources. Like and Follow us on Facebook at MoneyWise Media for videos and the very latest discussion!And remember that it's your prayerful and financial support that keeps MoneyWise on the air. You can help us continue this outreach by clicking the Donate tab at the top of the page.

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Jul 11

Close an Account, Ding Your Credit Score

You've finally paid off that high interest credit card balance. It's a time of great rejoicing! You've improved your financial condition considerably. Then why are you being punished with a drop in your credit score? We've always suspected it, but now the truth comes out: Paying off a credit card and closing out the account can actually lower your credit score by several points. Today on MoneyWise Rob West and Steve Moore have the why's and wherefore's. Next, they answer your questions at (800) 525-7000 and questions@moneywise.org about the following: -I've heard that if you retire at 63 verses 67, the percentage of Social Security would be much greater. Is that accurate? -I have a retirement account that I need to roll over. Should I look into a traditional IRA or a Roth? -My husband and I are looking into AFLAC for supplemental insurance. What do you think? -I became a widow after my husband and I retired. What common pitfalls should I avoid? -The bank made some errors on my 2nd mortgage, and as a result gave me zero percent interest on it. Should I put more money toward my main mortgage since I'm paying interest on that one? 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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Jul 10

Trade Wars Update with Jerry Bowyer

What kind of war has no missiles fired, bombs dropped or ships sunk? It has no bloodshed, but still has many casualties? It's a trade war - the kind the U.S is in now with China and other powerful nations. Rob West and Steve Moore are joined by economist Jerry Bowyer to get the latest intel from the front. Then they answer questions at (800) 525-7000 and Questions@MoneyWise.org about the following: Caller is halfway through the Public Employee Loan Forgiveness Program for her student loans.The program requires ten years of repayment but in the process, it doesn't look like she's making headway toward getting out of debt. Should she be concerned? Caller co-signed her ex-husband's student loans. He hasn't paid for several months. Her current husband doesn't want her to be paying off her former husband's loans. What are the repercussions if she doesn't pay? At the end of the program, Steve mentions "Simplifying the Money Conversation" by Rob Blue. It's available on our website at MoneyWise.org. While you're there, you can hear past programs, connect with a MoneyWise Coach, learn how to become a MoneyWise Coach, or access our other books and many free helpful resources. If you're 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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