Many of us feel overwhelmed and ill-equipped to deal with our personal finances. We wonder if we will ever experience financial freedom. We want to make wise decisions and spend money on what matters, but we just don’t know how.
Financial advisor Emily G. Stroud is a mom, businesswoman, and entrepreneur. She has two decades of experience with helping people make smart choices about money. She knows that money can be one of the great causes of stress in life—but that it doesn’t have to be that way. Finances, in fact, can be a great source of joy, security, and hope.
In Faithful Finance, Emily comes alongside you to:
- Develop a savings plan based on your unique goals
- Make a monthly budget that actually works for you
- Reduce your overall debt burden
- Plan for your children’s college years
- Insure your life without fear
- Leave a legacy through estate planning
- Encourage you to give generously
- And most importantly, discover the source of true wealth
Presented in a conversational style, this practical guide offers ten life-changing secrets that work in every financial situation, for every income level, at every stage of life. With engaging stories and practical examples, Emily empowers you to make choices that will allow you and your loved ones to enjoy financial freedom for years to come.
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About the Author
Emily G. Stroud owns and manages a boutique investment firm called Stroud Financial Management. She has been a Financial Advisor for nearly two decades. As both an MBA and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Stroud counsels people on how to handle their money, manage risk, and ensure a nice tidy retirement. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her husband and two children.
Table of Contents
1 Let a Professional Worry about Your Money So You Don't Have To
Secret #1 The Faithful Seek Out Wise Counsel 17
2 Cash Is King (or Queen)
Secret #2 The Faithful Create a Budget and Build Up a Cash Reserve 35
3 God Is a Good Gift Giver
Secret #3 The Faithful Give Generously and Prayerfully 51
4 Do Not Borrow from Peter to Pay Paul
Secret #4 The Faithful Manage Debt Carefully 61
5 Pay Yourself First
Secret #5 The Faithful Make a Savings Plan 77
6 Is Your Life Insured?
Secret #6 The Faithful Insure Themselves against Disaster 91
7 Nobody Got Rich Paying Too Much for a House
Secret #7 The Faithful Invest Wisely in Real Estate 117
8 When Can I Transition from Making Money to Spending It?
Secret #8 The Faithful Invest for Retirement 133
9 My Kids Want to Go to College. Now What?
Secret #9 The Faithful Save for College 167
10 Proper Estate Planning Is a Great Legacy
Secret #10 The Faithful Create an Estate Plan 181
Recommended Resources 201
Faithful Finance Launch Team 205