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Affluent Investor | January 16, 2017

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January 13, 2017 |

New Study: Trade a Big Positive for Small Business

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) answered misinformed trade rhetoric by the leading presidential candidates in a rcent report titled “The Perils of Protectionism: Lost Opportunities for Small Businesses and the U.S. Economy.”

Raymond J. Keating, SBE Council … Read More

January 11, 2017 |

Election Emerging Market Collapse: Was Asia Hit by ‘Trumprotectionism’?

While most financial media attention has been focused on the US equity markets’ response since the election of Donald Trump, the decline in value of emerging markets (EM) has been even more dramatic than the increase in value of US … Read More

January 11, 2017 |

Should Churches and Businesses Imitate “Competitors”?

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” So says the famed expression best traced back to the early 19th century. Some paraphrased versions of that thought go back years before that.

A biography of Marcus Aurelius titled Emperor Marcus Antoninus: … Read More

January 11, 2017 |

Picking Investments is Nothing Like Buying a Car

As consumers, we are used to researching the many choices we have before making a buying decision.

For most people, the process of buying a new product (such as a car) might look something like this:

  1. Recognize a need
  2. Read More

January 11, 2017 |

Do You Have the Heart of a Steward?

David wrote in Psalm 62:10, “If riches increase, set not your heart on them.” He was warning us of the risk that increased wealth brings to our love for God. A friend of mine likes to paraphrase the verse … Read More

January 11, 2017 |

The Key Factor Influencing the Direction of America

In The Next 100 Years, George Friedman writes that the single greatest factor influencing the world is population decline. Progressively, families around the world have grown increasingly smaller. It’s a simple fact: less kids means less workers. Less kids means less people for armies. Less … Read More

January 10, 2017 |

The Trump Effect on Currencies

Targeting companies or entire nations on is an unprecedented and controversial method of communication for a President-elect – but one can’t argue with its effectiveness so far.

In today’s chart, we take a look at Donald Trump’s rather … Read More

January 10, 2017 |

Lawsuit Unearths University Bigwigs’ Financial Corruption Proof

The University of Texas has a governing body – the Board of Regents — that is supposed to oversee its administration. In recent years, one regent has taken his job “too seriously” in the view of top university officials, … Read More

January 10, 2017 |

The MSM Turned Election 2016 Into An Endless Series Of Imaginary Hobgoblins

This election cycle has provided much demonizing of the major party candidates. Much anxiety stalked the land, or at least the mainstream media. Some of this anxiety fixated on fragility of the perceived legitimacy of the victor in the … Read More

January 10, 2017 |

What Happened When I was Hired, But Not Fully Qualified

Years ago, I was between jobs and not sure where to turn. I began praying and asking God to open doors for me through my network of friends. In just a few days a friend referred me to a … Read More

January 10, 2017 |

Is Work Work, or a Joy?

Wow, what a great weekend we just had!  A neighbor invited us, and another couple, out to their ranch for the weekend.  We got to shoot stuff, trap stuff, drive stuff, blow-up stuff, fill stuff, catch stuff, burn stuff, … Read More

January 9, 2017 |

Obama Admin Wasn’t Interested in Election Hacking Before This Election: Staffer Stormed Out of Briefing

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to have a private meeting with a senior staff member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). It took a while to get the meeting and finally only happened after … Read More

January 9, 2017 |

A Worker’s Prayer

How do you start your work day? Better phrased, how do you prepare for your work day? It is relatively easy to conclude that the first hour or two of your day can set the tone for the rest … Read More

January 9, 2017 |

Most Traded Currencies in 2016

Have you ever wondered which currencies receive the most trading action? The data for the following chart comes from a survey done every three years by the Bank of International Settlements (BIS).

The Chinese yuan is now the 8th most … Read More

January 9, 2017 |

Success in Man’s Economy vs. Success in God’s Economy

I have seen many times that a man or woman can be a stellar success in Man’s economy and an absolute failure in God’s economy. Let me explain.

Material success is far too often viewed as God’s endorsement of … Read More

January 6, 2017 |

The Relationship Between Income and Wealth

Let’s say that your neighbor is a surgeon that makes $250,000 a year. Does that mean he or she is rich?

The answer is “no” – and it turns out that the actual statistical relationship between income and wealth is … Read More

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