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Affluent Investor | September 1, 2016

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August 31, 2016 |

The Regulatory Burden in the U.S. is a Whopping $4 Trillion

One of the big problem with regulatory policy is that typically new regulations are only added – never subtracted.

A good example of this is the federal tax code, which is now 74,608 pages long.

It’s an astonishing 148x longer … Read More

August 31, 2016 |

The Rich Are Getting Richer – Baptists and Bootleggers

Hillary and Bernie dusted off and hoisted aloft the old medieval standard “the rich get richer while the poor get poorer” during their primary contest. Republicans tended to respond with, “So?” During the Olympics, Hill promised to make the rich … Read More

August 30, 2016 |

Should a Renewed “Conversation About Race” in the US Be Allowed to Touch on the Race-IQ Debate?

Donald Trump has recently been trying to talk about the social disadvantage of African Americans. He is, given his background and to say the least, far from an ideal vehicle to encourage a productive discourse on this issue. The … Read More

August 30, 2016 |

I Was Wrong About Trump

Just before the summer break, I blogged what I thought was the Trump communications strategy. I was right to a point, in that I said he would be nominated with the strategy he had. Having beat a particular drum to … Read More

August 30, 2016 |

Gerald Celente Sees Worst Market Crash, New Military Conflict, and Gold Spike to $2,000/oz

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Mike Gleason, Money Metals Exchange: It is my privilege now to be joined by Gerald Celente, publisher of the renowned Trends Journal. Mr. Celente is a highly sought-after guest on these programs … Read More

August 30, 2016 |

Consumed

I have been reflecting on Paul’s address to the Ephesians elders found in Acts 20. While it is a sobering charge to church leaders, it also has some important elements that pertain to personal purpose. You may want to read … Read More

August 30, 2016 |

The Han Masters Strike at Bretton Woods, Monetary Velocity, & Survival

As the American regime moves to strengthen an alliance regime known as Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the hope of building up both the industrial base of nation states nominally aligned to the west while pushing back on Beijing’s strategic naval ambitions … Read More

August 29, 2016 |

Seven Principles for Deciding Who to Vote For

This year – like every year – we are faced with imperfect candidates between whom we must choose.

As I write this, the context is Donald Trump, whom many conservatives find appalling, and against whom I fought in the … Read More

August 29, 2016 |

Charitable Giving Growth Rates are Falling

Giving USA recently published its 2015 study. The report posted both positive and negative news on giving.

The positive? In 2015, Americans continued their steady stream of giving, with $373.3 billion going to charity. And in looking to the future, … Read More

August 29, 2016 |

Brexit and the Binding of Satan: Part 1

The disintegration of the EU is not the end of the world. It is a sign that the end of the world is anything but nigh.

Western culture as we know it is dying at the hands of usurpers, … Read More

August 29, 2016 |

Which Countries Are Damaged Most by Low Oil Prices?

This week’s chart looks at costs per barrel, exports, and total oil production.

Oil is by far the world’s most-traded commodity, with $786.3 billion of crude changing hands in international trade in 2015.

While low commodity prices can hurt … Read More

August 29, 2016 |

Growth and Debt and Everything in Between

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

We will close out the second trimester of the year this week. As of last Friday, markets had a small upside for the month of August. We appear set to complete the sixth consecutive … Read More

August 26, 2016 |

Clinton Offenses Challenge Media Bias

Journalists are, of course, human, and all humans have their own points of view, and their own biases. But there are times when professional reporters and media executives need to at least partially put aside their personal support and provide … Read More

August 26, 2016 |

Arizona Considers Issuing a Gold Bond

The Arizona House of Representatives has convened an Ad Hoc Committee on Gold Bonds. The purpose is to explore if and how the state could sell a gold bond. This is an exciting development, as the issuance of a … Read More

August 26, 2016 |

After Transgenderism, ‘Children’s Sexual Autononomy’

From my perch, I get a glimpse of what’s over the horizon. Recently I gave you a heads up about the concept of “dignitary harm.” That will be (and indeed, is already) the idea used to rationalize trampling the freedom … Read More

August 26, 2016 |

“Scumbag Baby Boomer”… Really?

Ageism. Somehow I missed that “discrimination” category. I must have been napping.

Type the word in Google and up pops the definition: prejudice or discrimination on the basis of a person’s age. Why ageism even has its own Wikipedia … Read More