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Help Yourself to Help the Poor and the Planet

Are you concerned about saving the planet? Would you like to see more government funding for research into projects like developing clean energy? How about helping people who cannot help themselves? Would you like to see more government spending for marginalized populations? Here’s one way you can help both the planet and the poor: Live […]

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Fewer Americans Living in Poverty

Fewer people in the US are living in poverty. According to the October 2017 annual report of the Hamilton Project of the Brookings Institute, the number of Americans living in poverty declined by 13%, or 6 million people, in the two years from 2014 to 2016. That’s encouraging news. Not so encouraging is that 40.6 […]

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Helping the Rich get Richer and the Poor get Richer

One of the pillars of my profession of financial planning and counseling is to help people get richer. For many people, this statement might evoke the idea of “income inequality” as summed up by the phrase “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” This is a common money script around a topic that […]

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Worldwide Increase in Financial Well-being

Do you think the world is getting better, or worse, or neither? Based on a recent survey by Max Roser of the University of Oxford, you probably said “worse.” That was the answer from about 95% of the survey respondents, who were from Sweden, Germany, and the US. To be fair, it might have been […]

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Simple Living Not Always So Simple

“Living simply with fewer material possessions leaves room for more soul” (meaning more joy, connection, peace, and spirituality). “Material possessions prohibit one from finding deep contentment.” Recently I had a conversation with a person who deeply believed these two money scripts. She was sure there was great emotional and spiritual reward in ridding oneself of […]

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