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Count the Cost | Financial Education Series

  • Financial Planning the Kingdom Way by Willie Thomas Butler Planning Never Hurt Anyone Within the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) are many important object lessons to be learned and embraced.  Understanding your responsibility—and thus, accountability—before God for all He has entrusted to your care is, in my opinion, at the top of the heap.  Like it or not, we will all give account one day for how we managed what we were given to nurture, preserve or increase for the Most High. As a financial planner professional I have been more sensitive to our role as God’s stewards than most.  What I have learned through decades of God’s teachings and what I have counseled others to do based ...
    Posted Oct 30, 2014, 8:18 AM by Charles C. Christie,Jr.
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  • Factors Most Affecting Your Giving, Spending and Saving in 2013: A Mid-Year Check-Up. If you are like most Americans who make resolutions each year, you’ve probably made one involving your finances.   If so, then perhaps now is a time to reevaluate your strategy… Have You Considered All The Cost? You may have committed to save more and spend less, or better yet, give even more to charity than you have done in the past.   On the other hand, if you made no such resolutions, how do you determine your financial priorities?    At the top of any list should be those financial obligations for which you have little to no control.  These consist of your federal, state and local income taxes, additional payroll withholding's (such as Social Security and Medicare, healthcare premiums ...
    Posted Aug 14, 2013, 12:28 PM by Willie T. Butler
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  • Who is Your Standard-Bearer in Leadership? During the 1980’s there was a strong emphasis on management by objective (MBO).  This served as the gold-standard for good, effective leadership for decades.  By definition, MBO represented a management system in which the objectives of an organization are agreed upon so that management and employees understand a common way forward.“Management by objectives aims to serve as a basis for (A) greater efficiency through systematic procedures, (B) greater employee motivation and commitment through participation in the planning process, and (C) planning for results instead of planning just for work.  In management by objectives practice, specific objectives are determined jointly by managers and their subordinates, progress toward agreed-upon objectives is periodically reviewed, end results are evaluated, and ...
    Posted Jan 21, 2014, 1:21 PM by Willie T. Butler
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  • Does It Really Matters Who Is Right? Since October 1st, this nation’s elected leaders have been at an impasse.  With exception to the media coverage of this highly-visible and infuriating stalemate, there is little, if any, progress being made to get back to the people’s business of governing this nation.  And, as many Americans are now finding first-hand, the longer this political and ideological paralysis persists, the more American families, businesses and, of course, regional state and municipal governments will be affected.   So, what should the ordinary taxpaying American think and, more importantly, do in the midst of extreme partisanship layered with Congressional and Executive office gridlock? There are actually many issues that are presented here for your consideration.  For example, should ...
    Posted Oct 15, 2013, 4:47 PM by Willie T. Butler
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  • Whose Report Will You Believe In 2013? Investment professionals, Wall Street and, of course, our elected officials in Washington are all busy trying to convince us that America's economy is recovering just fine.  And with the CBO's February 2013 report showing an increase in private-sector jobs along with the Dow Jones Industrial sector hitting an all-time new high this week, is it any wonder that many are ready to uncork the champagne bottles and celebrate the major improvements to our languishing economy?Well, let's not celebrate just yet!  In spite the seemingly positive news and financial trends we are seeing and hearing, there seems to be other activity afoot, especially among America's wealthiest percentage of our investor population.  And like they ...
    Posted Jul 18, 2013, 6:30 AM by Charles C. Christie,Jr.
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