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Affluent Christian Investor | October 22, 2017

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AboutDanielle DiMartino Booth, Author at Affluent Christian Investor

Danielle DiMartino Booth

Danielle DiMartino Booth

Danielle DiMartino Booth is President at Money Strong, LLC; Former Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Posts By Danielle DiMartino Booth

January 6, 2017 |

Commercial Real Estate: From Towers of Gold to Pillars of Salt

Mix together mortar and lime with pressed hay and you too can construct a Tower of Gold, or at least the illusion of one.

If you have any doubts, pop on over to Seville, yes, the one in Spain, and have a look at the … Read More

January 2, 2017 |

Year End Outlook: Will Investors Get Hustled by the Pros in 2017?

It never pays to be an “afterthought.”

That was the word Jackie Gleason used to characterize the proposed reprisal of ‘Minnesota Fats’ in The Color of Money, 1986’s sequel to The Hustler. Chances are Paul Newman himself, who had at least 36 script conferences with … Read More

December 13, 2016 |

Inflation 101: Prep School for Preppers

Mention Preppies and visions of Izods with popped collars and boat shoes may come to mind. The Official Preppy Handbook, published in 1980, regaled readers with the “merits of pink and green,” instructing that, “socks are frequently not worn … Read More

December 5, 2016 |

New Job Report, Not Working 9 to 5

Few scenes elicit laughter more than a hog-tied, dog-collared Dabney Coleman swinging from the ceiling struts of his own bedroom.

You already know I’m referring to that perfect moment in Nine to Five. Franklin Hart, Jr., the 1980 film’s dredge of humanity boss, … Read More

November 17, 2016 |

Global Trade: Fading to Black

Rarely does an idiom manifest itself in as many mediums as does the seemingly ubiquitous “Fade to Black.”

Spreading far from its beginnings as the director’s call to slowly dim the lights, end the scene and fade away, it … Read More

November 10, 2016 |

Global Debt Investors: The Silence of the Lambs

More haunting even than the terrified screams of lambs being led was the silence that followed their slaughter.

Such was the searing pain of relentless recollection for FBI agent Clarice Starling, the tortured lead played to Oscar perfection by Jodie … Read More

October 21, 2016 |

The Beer Goggles Stock Market

If you’re ever headed down Topperwein Road in Live Oak, Texas with a need to unwind and bend an elbow, pull on in at the town’s local watering hole, the Beer Goggles Bar, and order up a cold one. … Read More

October 14, 2016 |

The Overlords of Finance

It was the best of times. And it still is. Intrepid investors who never dreamed they’d put all of their eggs in one full-boar risk asset basket have never had it so good. Stocks are up, bonds are up, … Read More

October 13, 2016 |

JOBS: Our National Treasure

There’s nothing like the unexpected in scriptwriting to make us all keep coming back for more. Take this priceless bit from National Treasure, the 2004 Disney blockbuster starring Nicholas Cage as Benjamin Gates, a self-described treasure protector as … Read More

October 11, 2016 |

Passive Investors Unite: We Blind Mice

Throughout man’s bloody history of conflict, time and again it is the hand defending the faith that lights a fuse. Is this because, by its very nature, faith is blind and can only promise abundant spiritual rewards for the here and now, while saving its true rewards to bestow in … Read More

October 5, 2016 |

U.S. Household Finances – It Only Looks Like the Good Life

Of all the recognized generational cohorts dating from the American Revolution, it is the 13th or the Generation X cohort which demographers find hardest to define. Did the stork deliver the first Gen X-ers as early as 1960 or … Read More

October 3, 2016 |

Note to Joe Q Public on Fed Policy: Promise in September, Deliver in December

“Do you remember the 21st night of September?”

So begins Earth, Wind and Fire’s classic anthem to the disco era. The words are simple, some even nonsensical, but then there’s that beat. In the words of National Public Radio, it’s … 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 23, 2016 |

The Dirty Harry Jobs Report

For avid film critics, comparing one big screen hero of the action variety to another is serious arm chair sport. Recent favorites in the critic’s corner: James Bond’s suave but strong Daniel Craig vs. the no nonsense badass of … Read More

September 22, 2016 |

The U.S. Economy: Bad Moon Rising

April 1969 saw the release of what would soon become Credence Clearwater Revival’s second gold single. Bad Moon Rising’s popularity quickly secured it a permanent spot in rock history. But it was also headed somewhere else, if not everywhere … Read More

September 9, 2016 |

A New Monetary Policy Framework? Old Faithful Meets the ‘New Normal’


Henry Washburn, Nathaniel P. Langford and Lt. Gustavus C. Doane, three intrepid souls who came, saw, mapped, and then in language so vivid as to be almost unbelievable, described in all its rugged splendor the sheer beauty of … Read More

September 6, 2016 |

The U.S. Consumer: Are the Jetsons’ Jets Still On?

Mention George Jetson, and we not only get the picture but mentally hum the tune. Tell us the show was only produced for one season way back in 1962, and we think that can’t be right. The show was … Read More

August 19, 2016 |

In a Fed Meeting Minute, Everything Can Change

In the blink of an eye. In a heartbeat. In a New York minute. Life can and does change in these thinnest slices of time. And yet for Don Henley’s anthem to the swiftness of change, and just how … Read More

August 15, 2016 |

The 50 Altered States of American Housing

Oh the horror! Movies that is. Its summertime and once again they’re out there, all those shriek-worthy trailers just waiting to pounce. They’ll grab you by the psyche and parade just for you and your mind’s viewing pleasure an … Read More

July 29, 2016 |

High Yield Bonds and the Increasingly Desperate Search for Yield

Having spent a chunk of his youth “shopping” them, Jim Croce came to know a thing or two about junkyards. In those youthful days, should his clunker de jour be missing some vital part or parts, a trolling expedition … Read More

July 28, 2016 |

Commercial Real Estate Checks into the Heartbreak Hotel

“I walk a lonely street.” Written in 1955, those five haunting words were all one man left of himself before leaping to his death from his hotel room window. According to a story that ran all those years ago … Read More

July 14, 2016 |

From Norma Rae to US Textiles Death Knell

One woman, one word, one sign held high above her head standing alone and defiant atop her work table: “UNION”

For those who have seen 1979’s Norma Rae, it is impossible to forget Sally Field’s Oscar-winning portrayal of a textile … Read More

July 1, 2016 |

Brexit, Italy, and Blowing the Doors Off

“You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!”

That one line, spoken on the big screen by Michael Caine was crowned, according to a 2003 Daily Telegraph survey, Britain’s favorite one-liner of film. That kind of staying power … Read More

June 24, 2016 |

The British Referendum and the Long Arm of the Lawless

“Kings have long arms, many ears, and many eyes.” So read an English proverb dated back to the year of our Lord 1539. And thus was born an idiom that today translates to the very familiar Long Arm of … Read More

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