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Life insurance for elderly parents not long-term plan

Published: September 27, 2023   

Dear Dave, My girlfriend’s parents are divorced, and they’re both in their early seventies. We talked the other night, and she’s thinking about buying them each life insurance policies. The only coverage her dad has is through his employer.... More 

Young Faith: Every little thing can have a big impact

By Sarah Beth Thomas, Published: September 26, 2023   

The Catholic Church’s social justice teachings encourage us to treat everyone fairly, just as we wish to be treated and to value human dignity and the common good.  At first, I did not really know what it truly meant to have social awareness... More 

How much to help someone who lost home in a fire?

Published: September 26, 2023   

Dear Dave, About a year ago, my husband and I offered an empty house we own to a young man at our church, who had lost his home and everything he owned in a fire. He has taken good care of the place but has made no effort to pay rent. We don’t... More 

How to teach your kids to be workers and givers

Published: September 7, 2023   

Dear Dave, My wife and I have been very fortunate in our careers. We both have six-figure incomes, and as a result we have a little over $2 million in savings and investments. With this in mind, do you have any advice on how to make sure your kids aren’t... More 

Mom's got to take care of herself before helping charities

Published: August 24, 2023   

Dear Dave, My mother-in-law is 85, and she’s had some health setbacks recently. The family got together with her, and as a group, we decided it was time to sell her property and move her into an apartment at a nice senior living facility. She should... More 

St. Dominic and praying with homework

By Laritza Chena, Published: August 17, 2023   

As I was reflecting on my first year at college, I started to think about the goals I had set for myself throughout the year.  Since I was struggling a lot with time management, one of my biggest goals for the year was to set more time aside for... More 

Housing cost calculation is a guideline, not a rule

Published: August 10, 2023   

Dear Dave, Is there any flexibility in your rule about not spending more than 25 percent of your take-home pay on rent or monthly mortgage payments? I live downtown in Washington, D.C., and I’m finding it’s pretty hard to do here. I... More 

Teens without Christ will look to fill void

By Anthony Gehrig, Published: July 28, 2023   

“Where there is family, there is love.” Popular quotes like this are often seen framed and hanging on a wall decorating a room, but are frequently neglected. However, this phrase does hold profound and valuable truth.  Families provide... More 

Look for financial advisor with the heart of a teacher

Published: July 27, 2023   

Dear Dave, I’m a widow, and I retired recently. My husband took care of most of our finances. We never had any debt, but after my husband died and I started learning a little bit more about how money works, I’m concerned too much of it may... More 

How to pay off student loans as fast as possible

Published: July 13, 2023   

Dear Dave, I graduated from college six years ago with a business degree. Currently, I’m in data analytics making about $40,000 a year and have $155,000 in student loan debt. Do you have any recommendations as far as refinancing my student loans... More