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Affluent Investor | February 8, 2016

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February 8, 2016 |

5 Signs of the Giving World: Zuckerburg, Impact Investing, Fidelity, Generational Differences, and Charitable Policy

The January 2016 edition of the Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights many stories. But it’s what behind some of the stories that should prompt some further discussion and insight.

  1. Zuckerburg still in the news. The ChanZuckerberg Initiative is taking … Read More
February 8, 2016 |

What To Expect From The Fed in 2016

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

Those hoping the volatility of January would subside in February got another reality check last week, and the markets dropped about 150 points Monday before rallying all the way back, then dropped 300 Tuesday (and … Read More

February 5, 2016 |

Which Presidential Aspirant(s) Would Make America (And You!) Prosper?

As I recently wrote in my column, “Presidential elections are about, above all, just two things: our security and our prosperity.” The GOP candidates have been emphatic about our national security, about which more in a bit.

All … Read More

February 5, 2016 |

Even The American Bar Association Loathes This New Obama Rule

Among the many reasons to oppose administrative law are that it can be changed just by the president’s diktats (through rules promulgated by his bureaucrats) and that this can be done merely to help political allies and hurt political … Read More

February 5, 2016 |

Why Iowa Was a Thrashing!

It’s a lot of fun to give people predictions and have them turn out to be correct.


In 2006, before anyone else believed it, I predicted and Rush Limbaugh read my prediction on his show the following morning, … Read More

February 5, 2016 |

Every 10 Seconds, the World’s Tech Giants Make This Much Money…

There is no question that the most profound factor affecting modern life is the ability to replicate and store data at almost no cost. This revolution in information has provided us with a wealth of benefits and possibilities for an … Read More

February 5, 2016 |

Poll: 81% Want Severe Restrictions on Abortion

Last week’s Roe v. Wade anniversary may seem to many pro-lifers a sad reminder of how little progress has been made for the cause of life in 43 years. But a new Marist poll shows a massive shift in opinion … Read More

February 5, 2016 |

Are You a Customer or a Client?

In the relationships you have with financial professionals, are you a customer or a client?

Understanding the answer to this is incredibly important in understanding the type and scope of the advice you’re getting.

In Benjamin Graham’s book Intelligent Investor, … Read More

February 5, 2016 |

Why Trump Lost Iowa and What It Means

As much as I want to extrapolate Trump’s embarrassment the other night into the sure doom of his creepy campaign, the reality is that he is far from over. But a few takeaways are worth sharing:

(1) The theory that … Read More

February 5, 2016 |

Are You Overlooking Possible Tax Deductions?

I found a helpful article by Intuit Corporation on the most commonly overlooked potential tax deductions. Did you know that recent numbers show that “more than 45 million of us itemized deductions on our 1040s—claiming $1.2 trillion dollars’ worth of … Read More

February 4, 2016 |

Trump is Iowa’s Real Loser

While Ted Cruz technically won Monday night, the real victor was Marco Rubio. And while he technically came in second, the real loser was Donald Trump – and the betting markets show it. After holding a substantial lead over Rubio … Read More

February 4, 2016 |

Gold’s Biggest Winning and Losing Streaks

Gold has started 2016 in “hot” territory. Up 5% in just under a month, the yellow metal is one of the only bright spot shining in a sea of market volatility.

However, a 5% rise over the course of a … Read More

February 4, 2016 |

Bernie Sanders and Eugene Victor Debs

“Gene” Debs as he was known in my railroad family, growing up in the 1930s, was a great American. Today, people look back with horror on Deb’s because he founded the American Socialist party. Of course socialism is utterly wrong-headed, … Read More

February 4, 2016 |

How to Get Your Big Idea off the Ground

If there’s one thing most entrepreneurs don’t lack, it’s ideas. I dream up new products and businesses every week. You’re probably the same way. The problem is lots of ideas aren’t worth pursuing, are they?

One major facepalm for … Read More

February 4, 2016 |

Obama Proposes New Rules to Close the Gender Pay Gap Even Though There’s a 16% Gender Pay Gap in His White House

The persistent gender pay gap at the Obama White House has been well-documented on CD. In 2015, the median salary for women working at the White House was $65,650, which is 15.8% and $12,350 less than the median salary of … Read More

February 4, 2016 |

4 Spiritual Rhythms to Strengthen Your Leadership from Ruth Haley Barton

Have you come to the place in ministry of feeling just flat out exhausted—on the inside? Popular author and presenter Ruth Haley Barton knows what becomes of ministry leaders who have come to the end of themselves. How does one recapture … Read More