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Affluent Investor | October 21, 2016

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October 20, 2016 |

Fed Chair Yellen’s Plan B: “Intervene Directly” in Stock Market

October could see a ramping up of volatility across all asset markets. The month is notorious on Wall Street for the 1987 stock market crash. Fall crashes also occurred in 2002 and 2008.

Are we due for another one? … Read More

October 19, 2016 |

Government is Spiking Muslim Refugee Input Despite Recent Terror Sprees

New York, New Jersey and Minnesota are reeling from the latest round of terrorist attacks. The people of the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union, in substantial part as a response to problems caused by that body’s … Read More

October 19, 2016 |

The Importance of Having a ‘Devil’s Advocate’

On Sept. 4th, Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa. She was recognized as a saint. The process took over ten years and included a reference check most are unfamiliar with.

The Roman Catholic Church’s canonization process is not unlike how businesses … Read More

October 19, 2016 |

NPR, Evolution Destroys Reason

The co-discoverer of the theory of natural selection, Alfred Russell Wallace, spotted this fact and its implication at the very beginning: If evolution selects for survival and not ability to discern truth, then the theory that humans are the result … Read More

October 19, 2016 |

How to Deal With Workplace Gossip

Dear Chuck,

I’m trying to fit in to a new workplace, and I’m on the outside of a lot of the conversations and office gossip. I want to join in, but sometimes the talk gets so hurtful or goes a … Read More

October 19, 2016 |

The Rise of ETFs and Passive Investing

For the investing world, the meteoric rise of ETFs, or exchange-traded funds, has been a key story to follow since the 2008 crisis.

The ETF landscape has changed dramatically over that timeframe. In 2007, there were 1,181 ETFs that … Read More

October 18, 2016 |

How Does the U.S. Stock Market Perform in Election Years?

In just a few weeks time, the ballots will be in for one of the most controversial elections in U.S. history. Whether the tally ends in a Clinton or Trump presidency, it’s difficult to know the potential range of implications … Read More

October 18, 2016 |

Earnings Trump Politics

Without so much as a nap in between, I returned from NYC last Sunday and re-entered office life bright and early Monday.  From the developments in the Presidential race to the somewhat volatile market to the onset of Q3 earnings … Read More

October 18, 2016 |

The Law of Unintended Consequences Strikes Again… How ZIRP and NIRP Destroy Wealth


The new millennia has certainly had its share of crises and turmoil. We started with an Internet/tech bubble, suffered from the repercussions of the worst terror attack on American soil in history, witnessed a housing bubble fueled by interest … Read More

October 18, 2016 |

The Asian Scramble for Africa

My mother attended St. John’s College, Oxford. She had an aunt who joined a Catholic religious order called the Passionists who specialized in education. Her order built St. Joseph’s College in Kgali Botswana. I attended her funeral during the Soweto UprisingRead More

October 18, 2016 |

Seven Quotes from Psychiatrist Curt Thompson on Shame

Back in September, we at Denver Institute for Faith & Work had the privilege of welcoming author and psychiatrist Curt Thompson to Denver. We began with a conversation with pastors on how shame influences our brains, our vocations, and … Read More

October 17, 2016 |

How A Clinton Victory Would Powerfully Unite The Right

In a previous column I considered how the coalition that is the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy began to fray after losing the common enemy against which it had united:

In 1988, as reported by the LA Times, one of President … Read More

October 17, 2016 |

Murder Rates Are Spiking Again, Why?

There is an inclination on the part of many to characterize law enforcement in the United States as unnecessarily harsh or overbearing. The reality is quite different.

Hillary Clinton incorrectly stated during her September 26 debate that violent crime … Read More

October 17, 2016 |

Don’t Give Away Control of the Internet

The following is a letter sent by Ted Cruz to constituents in Texas. 

September 16, 2016


The Internet is one of the most powerful and transformational inventions of our time, and Texans, in particular, recognize its tremendous economic importance … Read More

October 17, 2016 |

For Faster Recovery, Let Deutschebank Go Bankrupt

When a bank needs more capital, and investors are reluctant to incur more risk to save it, that defines the conditions under which bankruptcy and restructuring are in order. So long as the failed bank procedures adequately protect both depositors … Read More

October 17, 2016 |

Does Your Company Have a Chief Giving Officer?

There are a lot of C-level titles—Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and the list could go on and on.

But what about Chief Giving Officer? Does your company have one?

A Chief Giving Officer has the … Read More