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June 24, 2016 |

Why Oil Prices Fluctuate

During the summer of 2014, WTI oil traded at prices north of $105/bbl.

Around this time, Bloomberg had an article titled “Oil Topping $116 Seen Possible as Iraq Conflict Widens” while even Investopedia forecasted on June 19, 2014 that oil … Read More

June 24, 2016 |

The Rush to Gold: A New Respect Is Growing

You didn’t come here today for bad news. There’s plenty of that everywhere you look, and even where you don’t look.

So here’s the good news. A new rush to gold has begun. To see where we’re headed, let’s … Read More

June 24, 2016 |

Should We Give Like the Poor Widow in Scripture Who Gave Her Last Two Coins?

In Mark 12, we meet the poor widow who gave two small coins in the temple treasury as her offering. In verse 42, Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all … Read More

June 23, 2016 |

Trump = Brexit

According to political betting markets, there is a roughly 25% chance Britain votes to leave the European Union today. In those same markets, there is a roughly 25% chance Donald Trump becomes the next President.

This chart shows that, … Read More

June 23, 2016 |

Did You Know That You Are a Very Generous Person Already?

We are all very generous. In fact, we are born that way. We are naturally very generous towards ourselves. Now that is often called selfishness but Satan deceives us into believing it is a good thing and that we … Read More

June 23, 2016 |

Investor Confidence in Cloud Technology is Sky High

For technology investors in 2015, cloud was king.

Money continued to flow to the cloud storage sector, where a total of 1,800 transactions were made in 2015 for a total value of more than $100 billion. The largest of these … Read More

June 23, 2016 |

Workers of the World Dialogue! Cooperation, Conflict, and Scarcity

Modern management science understands that organizations are more effective in the productive process if they engage all employees in the process. This also means understanding the objectives of workers at work, what motivates and what demotivates them as individuals in … Read More

June 23, 2016 |

7 Leadership Truths to Widen Your Scope of Influence

 

John Maxwell says, “The true measure of leadership is influence; nothing more, nothing less.” Meet a leader who recently showed me seven clear, eye-opening leadership truths to strongly influence your culture and the success of your organization.

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June 23, 2016 |

Write a Letter to Your 80 Year Old Self

My son came home from college and told me about his gerontology class assignment. Write a letter to your 80 year old self!

Imagine that it’s your 80th birthday—what letter would you write? What advice would you have?  What hobbies … Read More

June 23, 2016 |

Best Advice from Commencement Speakers

‘Tis the season for grads and dads. Most graduations have taken place by now. And those hopefully inspiring commencement speakers have done their job leaving grads with some sense of direction and meaning as they launch into real life. … Read More

June 22, 2016 |

Watch How Hyperinflation Bloats Venezuela by 2020

Watch this GIF, Venezuela, and feel your heart sink. Things may be bad now, but they’re about to get much, much worse. What you see here is a global forecast by the IMF for national unemployment and inflation rates through … Read More

June 22, 2016 |

U.S. Foreign Policy in Far East

It isn’t hard to like much of what President Obama has accomplished throughout his presidency, his blatant disregard for previous policy architecture became evident relatively early in his presidency. This outlook gained prominence in Asia, specifically the Far East and … Read More

June 22, 2016 |

America’s Instructive Humiliation in the South China Sea

“Let us admit it fairly, as a business people should: We have had no end of a lesson: it will do us no end of good,” wrote Rudyard Kipling in 1902 after the Boers humiliated the British Army in the first round … Read More

June 22, 2016 |

Goldman’s Tesla Upgrade Smells Fishy

Around 15 years ago, regulators came down hard on the investment banks, claiming that there were inherent conflicts of interest in their business model. They said that these conflicts of interest prevented investors from receiving unbiased advice. For example, in … Read More

June 22, 2016 |

Today, Some Startling Statistics About Middle Class America

Neal Gabler, a professional journalist wrote a gripping article in The Atlantic magazine called, The Silent Shame of the American Middle Class. Here are some of his key statistics:

  • 25% of families making $100,000 to $150,000 can’t find … Read More
June 22, 2016 |

What’s Important to You and Why?

I’ve spent some time thinking about this lately. How about you? We have many of them in our lives. Family, Church, Friends, Acquaintances, Relatives, Professionals, Physicians, Associations, etc. Don’t you feel better when your doctor knows you … Read More