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Affluent Investor | June 29, 2017

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June 28, 2017 |

Animation: The World’s Population in 2100 by Region

 

It’s a well-known fact that 60% of the world’s population lives in Asia.

Although this information isn’t necessarily new or surprising to anyone, it’s still something that we’ve found interesting ways to look at in the past. For example, … Read More

June 28, 2017 |

Saul and Signs: Miracles No Substitute for Wisdom in Choosing Leaders

Last week, we began to look at the story of King Saul’s’ ascent to power as the king of Israel. In Memo 803, we found Saul hiding when Samuel and Israel were looking to appoint him the king, and I … Read More

June 27, 2017 |

The Fault Lines of Europe Run Through London

It is becoming clear to anyone with even a modicum of political insight that London remains the epicenter when considering the mounting challenges enveloping the continent.  Every night for over a week, Islamists continue their nightly rampage through Jewish towns … Read More

June 27, 2017 |

PhD’s and Computers Explain Market Volatility Since 1980

Richard Bookstaber’s 2007 work, A Demon of Our Own Design: Markets, Hedge Funds, and the Perils of Financial Innovation, examines the huge increase in stock and bond market volatility since 1980. He notes that GDP volatility has shrunk while … Read More

June 27, 2017 |

Five Most Heavily Used Words From 200 Years of Commencement Speeches

Here’s a quick question for you. What were the most memorable moments from your high school or college graduation speeches? What lasting advice or gem of a thought has stayed with you? I dare guess the longer it’s been, the … Read More

June 27, 2017 |

The Bitcoin Economy, in Perspective

As you see on this head-spinning graph below, the total amount of money in the world is $84 trillion. But that includes money in the bank. In physical coins and notes, the total global money supply is only $31 trillion. See … Read More

June 27, 2017 |

Antisemitism Grows on College Campuses

College campuses have become breeding grounds for the anti-Semitic Left. The Observer notes,

United against Israel, activists for LGBTQ rights, gender equality and anti-war efforts, joined by Black Lives Matter, have been hijacked by anti-Israel student groups who not only … Read More

June 27, 2017 |

A Better Way to Relax…

My friend Goerge Grant shared this quote from Peggy Noonan:

“We are living in a time of the politicization of everything. You cannot, at the end of a long day, relax with a talk show because it will take … Read More

June 26, 2017 |

The Honest Truth About Fundraising

While in college, I was invited by our alumni office to represent our school at a college fair for high school students. After a day of meeting with prospective students, another college rep asked me to go to dinner.

I … Read More

June 26, 2017 |

Debt-Free Degree

It’s been said student debt is a product that has been sold to us with such repetition and intensity that most people believe they can’t live without.

My 19 year-old son attends community college, drives a 15 year old … Read More

June 26, 2017 |

Why Do People Migrate to the West?

Many are attracted to the West because of its respect for individual rights and freedoms. Its belief in human equality. Its standards for education and medical care. Its justice that puts law above rulers. Its opportunities for economic progress. … Read More

June 26, 2017 |

Africa’s Exploding Tech Startup Ecosystem

In terms of economic potential and growth, Africa has never been more important on the world stage.

Africa is home to the fastest growing cities, and more than half of the world’s population growth will take place on the … Read More

June 26, 2017 |

Deflation: The Road to Prosperity

There are many amazing business people, and among their ranks are numerous excellent executives who understand the lean business model.  Also, there are a number of economists with a deep understanding of how to achieve good economies.  Although both … Read More

June 26, 2017 |

Why Finding Your Tribe is Not Enough

Empires are collapsing and nations are breaking down.

As this takes place, people are turning to tribes for security and significance.

Because it’s within tribes individuals find others who share their ideas… and make up communities together.

But even if … Read More

June 23, 2017 |

Europe’s Citizens Differ with Leaders on Muslims

While the leadership of European nations, particularly in Germany, seem unconcerned about the detrimental effects of alienated refugees and immigrants, the general population is clearly worried. A Chatham House  survey gave respondents the following statement: ‘All further migration from mainly … Read More

June 23, 2017 |

There’s More Than One Way to Win the Life and Career Marathon

A marathon usually starts with the competitors lined up at the starting line, and the rules of the game indicate that the winner is the one who crosses the finish line first, more than twenty-six miles away. Marathons usually … Read More

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