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Affluent Investor | October 1, 2016

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September 30, 2016 |

The Real Hunger Games

The U.S. electorate is facing a paradox, its main political parties have outsourced to television networks a political capacity reserved to election commissions, namely the ability to choose candidates for high office.  This is occurring in an age of disruption … Read More

September 29, 2016 |

What’s An Investor to Do When the Market Won’t Cooperate?

What is an investor who follows the Austrian school of economics supposed to do with a market that has traded in a narrow range for almost two years and refuses to bend to the reality of falling profits and … Read More

September 29, 2016 |

Unprecedented Global Bond Bubble Threatens Holders of Cash

As big as previous real estate and stock market bubbles have been, the current global bubble in government debt dwarfs them all. Not only is it far bigger in size and scope (some $60 trillion in sovereign bonds now … Read More

September 29, 2016 |

Commercial Real Estate: The King Kong of Category Killers

Kings are threaded through time, from all incarnations, realms, and mediums. Some are real, others imagined. There are great ones from literature, such as the tragic Lear and the legendary Arthur, to name but two of a multitude. The … Read More

September 29, 2016 |

Major Media Abandons Ethics

In analyzing presidential campaigns, a review of the quality of media reporting is vital. It’s the only practical avenue the public has to learn of the character and positions each candidate offers.

For several decades, the voters have been … Read More

September 29, 2016 |

The Rate of Change in U.S. Energy Consumption


Weeks ago, we published a flow chart that showed all U.S. energy consumption from 2015 in one giant diagram.

This is a great tool for understanding a static picture of U.S. energy consumption – it breaks down the … Read More

September 28, 2016 |

Sorry, Hillary – You Can’t ‘Fix’ College With More Federal Meddling

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s higher education policy ideas have taken a lot of criticism. Here, for example, is an analysis published in May by Hillsdale College economics professor Gary Wolfram.

The opposition is apparently bothering her camp enough that … Read More

September 28, 2016 |

The World Map of Billionaires

Billionaires are the richest of the rich. Many young entrepreneurs hope to one-day reach this ultimate financial milestone. But before these entrepreneurs are allowed to join this group, they first must ask how did billionaires acquire their wealth in the … Read More

September 28, 2016 |

Want to See Miracles? Look at the Marketplace

When Christians think about work, they often get stuck on a theological see-saw.

At times, church work is valued most. Other times, office work is raised up in importance.

These priorities bob up and down in most Christians’ minds, particularly … Read More

September 28, 2016 |

Iran’s Growing Missile Threat

Tehran’s progress in missile technology points to the regime growing from a regional power to a major international threat.

Iran’s missile technology advances, despite international sanctions. The Washington Free Beacon  reports that “Iranian officials [have] announced… that the country is … Read More

September 28, 2016 |

How Stock Market Crashes are Different From Housing Market Crashes

You did not need the Fed simulation model, Ferbus, to know that there is a difference between housing market crashes and stock market crashes. At the 2005 meeting the FOMC devoted five presentations on the special topic “Housing Valuations and … Read More

September 27, 2016 |

6 Things the Media Isn’t Saying About the Debate

1. Last night proved what I thought: both Trump AND Hillary are bad debaters. But there’s a difference.

Donald Trump is new at this. He’s not a politician, he’s not a wonk, and he’s not a lawyer. The past month … Read More

September 27, 2016 |

Here’s the Worst Thing About Last Night’s Debate

Unless you’re a hardcore Trumpie, you probably thought that Clinton won the debate. Sure, Trump did a little better in the earlier trade discussion, but Clinton did much better later on and has had far more favorable coverage today. … Read More

September 27, 2016 |

CEOs, Here’s How to Choose the Right Peer Group

The advantages of participating in a “Peer Roundtable” or “Mastermind Group” are well established and have been utilized by thousands of various professionals and leaders for many years. The focus of these groups depends on the shared interests of … Read More

September 27, 2016 |

Latest Information on the U.S. Employment Crisis

Despite desperate efforts to portray the economy as stable, the latest economic reports and statistics outline an ongoing crisis.

The recent indicators from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that from January 2013 through December 2015, there were 3.2 million … Read More

September 27, 2016 |

Cruz Endorsed Trump!

So he finally did it. Over the weekend, Ted Cruz endorsed Donald Trump for President.

In a public post, the Texas Senator and conservative lion wrote:

“In Cleveland, I urged voters, ‘please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and … Read More