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Affluent Investor | August 26, 2016

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August 25, 2016 |

Faith Is In the Not Knowing

Consider it.

They were three friends. They were exiles living in a foreign land. Different people. Different culture. They lived under the rule and reign of a king who sought to conform them after himself. He even changed their … Read More

August 24, 2016 |

How American Higher Education Turned into a False Promise

The Department of Education recently proposed new regulations to punish colleges that attract students with misleading claims. But what if the whole system of higher education in America is guilty of that?

In his latest book, Charles Sykes, a senior … Read More

August 24, 2016 |

Is the American Bond Selloff Underway?

They told us not to worry. The United States would never lose its Triple-A bond rating (but of course we did). The dollar would always be the only real reserve currency (but of course it could be losing that status according … Read More

August 24, 2016 |

Mapping the Greatest Empires of History

Just like the stock market, the history of the greatest empires is cyclical in nature. Even the most powerful empires have crashed and burned – and it is this creative destruction that creates the next opportunity for new civilizations and … Read More

August 24, 2016 |

Should Government Give Us the Infrastructure?

An argument against absolutely free markets comes up often. What about so called natural monopolies? So called infrastructure (e.g. sewage plants) have high barriers to entry, and are a challenge to true competition. Therefore if left to private companies, they … Read More

August 24, 2016 |

Putting Retirement to Pasture

I am sometimes asked, “How long do you plan to work?” For some reason, it sounds better than people asking about “retirement.” Of course, it gets to be a logical question when one approaches the age of 65—which I … Read More

August 23, 2016 |

How Donald Trump Could Fix the Middle East

The first step to finding a solution is to know that there’s a problem. Donald Trump understands that the Washington foreign-policy establishment caused the whole Middle Eastern mess. I will review the problem and speculate about what a Trump administration might do about … Read More

August 23, 2016 |

Bulls, Bears, and The Bahamas

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

Greetings from the deep seas of the Caribbean where I am with my kids celebrating the near-end of their summer. This little annual family vacation is a real blessing, but the WiFi bill I … Read More

August 23, 2016 |

31 Incredible Facts About Gold

No metal can claim a legacy comparable to gold.

Gold has been used to show affectionate love, but it has also represented power, status, and riches for the greatest kings of antiquity. Gold’s history is truly legendary, ripe with … Read More

August 23, 2016 |

What Does it Cost Dallas Cowboy’s Running Back Alfred Morris to Drive a $2 Car?

Dear Chuck,

I was intrigued by a story I saw recently about the Dallas Cowboy’s running back, Alfred Morris, who signed a $3.5 million deal on top of more than $3 million he made playing for … Read More

August 23, 2016 |

To Be or Not To Be… Transparent

There is one topic in the book I authored, Dare to Serve, that gets a disproportionate number of comments. It is the section where I tell the readers that I was summarily fired from my position as President, Chief … Read More

August 22, 2016 |

Does God Belong In The Boardroom? 1,800 CEOs Say Yes

I recently interviewed Buck Jacobs, who is the author of I, Radical: God’s Radical Business Through an Ordinary Man, and the Founder of the C12 Group which is America’s largest Christian CEO forum. You can listen to the complete … Read More

August 22, 2016 |

U.S. Healthcare is a Global Outlier, and Not in a Good Way

Historically, the United States has spent more money than any other country on healthcare.

In the late 1990s, for example, the U.S. spent roughly 13% of GDP on healthcare, compared to about a 9.5% average for all high income … Read More

August 22, 2016 |

Silver Is in a Different World

Measured in gold, the price of the dollar hardly budged this week. It fell less than one tenth of a milligram, from 23.29 to 23.20mg. However, in silver terms, it’s a different story. The dollar became more valuable, rising … Read More

August 22, 2016 |

China’s Mao Type Purges

Study China long enough and everything looks like farce. That’s because the old dictum of history repeating itself becomes nauseating when filtered through the opaque maze of the Middle Kingdom. What’s playing out now before the world is a work … Read More

August 22, 2016 |

The Simple Living Solution

Kendal Perez at U.S. News & World Report, reported that the average American household has more than $130,000 in debt, $15,000 of which is on credit cards. We cannot afford the stuff we insist on accumulating!

Heidi Freeman, an … Read More