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Affluent Christian Investor | October 22, 2017

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AboutDavid Bahnsen, Author at Affluent Christian Investor

David Bahnsen

David Bahnsen

David L. Bahnsen, CFP®, CIMA® is the founder, Managing Director, and Chief Investment Officer of The Bahnsen Group, a private wealth management boutique based in Newport Beach, managing over $1 billion in client assets. David has been named as one of Barron’s America’s Top 1,200 Advisors as well as On Wall Street’s Top 40 Advisors Under 40 and Financial Times Top 300 Advisors in America. He brought The Bahnsen Group independent through the elite boutique fiduciary, HighTower Advisors, in April 2015 after eight years as a Chairman's Club Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and seven years as a First Vice President at UBS Financial Services. He is a frequent guest on CNBC and Fox Business and is a regular contributor to Forbes. David serves on the Board of Directors for the National Review Institute and the Lincoln Club of Orange County, and is a founding Trustee for Pacifica Christian High School of Orange County. David's true passions include anything related to USC football, the financial markets, politics, and his house in the desert. His ultimate passions are his lovely wife of 15+ years, Joleen, their gorgeous and brilliant children, sons Mitchell and Graham, and daughter Sadie, and the life they’ve created together in Newport Beach, California.

Posts By David Bahnsen

September 25, 2017 |

Yellen Does Some Yelling

If I were to think back to much of the focus of the last eight years in capital markets, through three rounds of quantitative easing in the United States, through the creation of terms I never thought would become common … Read More

September 8, 2017 |

Human Nature and Your Portfolio

What a strange beginning to September it has been.  Markets dropped over 200 points Tuesday after the long weekend, the theoretical causes of which we delve into in this week’s commentary, and rebounded Wednesday.  The energy sector rallied quite a … Read More

August 31, 2017 |

Hurricane Harvey and Crypto-Currency

The horrific events of Hurricane Harvey have dominated news coverage this week, and we offer our thoughts and prayers to all affected, to all responders, and to all in the clean-up effort.  We do this not as a customary token … Read More

August 21, 2017 |

Only One Side to Choose

Suffice it to say, it has been yet another intense week in the news cycle.  I am old enough to remember when the financial media was up in arms as to whether or not we were going to war … Read More

August 4, 2017 |

The Elusive Pending Stock Market Crash

The month of August has done some crazy things over the years in the markets (of course, truth be told, that can be said of any calendar month).  In 2011 we saw a massive Europe-driven drop in the stock market … Read More

July 31, 2017 |

Profits Earned, Lessons Learned, Sessions Burned

It has been an overwhelming week in terms of market action, as earnings season hits its crescendo, and analyst calls are aplenty.  Outside of the individual stock results and outlooks that matter so much to investors, the political scene continues … Read More

July 6, 2017 |

Is North Korea the Next Big Threat to Your Portfolio?

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

This week’s Dividend Café is as devoted to summarizing and analyzing market action from the first half of 2017 as could be expected, but there are some topical intrusions that warrant attention – namely, this … Read More

June 30, 2017 |

Indications of a Bear Market, or Something Else?

Dear Valued Clients and Friends –

Near the end of this week’s Dividend Café you will see our most recent updated analysis of various indicators about the dreaded “bear market territory,” and you can determine for yourself what the … Read More

June 23, 2017 |

2017 Boiling Down to these Two Things

It was not an especially significant week in the stock market, but it was quite an eventful week in the oil markets.  We spend a lot of time in this week’s video addressing that subject.  And in our written Dividend … Read More

June 9, 2017 |

Believing in the Lessons of History

This week we delve into some key historical lessons in the Dividend Café, and attempt to extract from those lessons some real practical guidance for the present.  There are so many things of interest to investors moving so incredibly … Read More

May 26, 2017 |

A Week Without Trumpian Drama

We are purposely sending this week’s Dividend Café a tad early, because we know the Memorial Day weekend lies ahead, and that today some of you may already be checked out for a long and deserved weekend that doesn’t include reflections on … Read More

May 19, 2017 |

Impeachment Odds Fly, Markets Swoon: What it All Means

Is the market afraid of impeachment?

The leaked story on Tuesday that alleged President Trump had exerted some pressure on FBI Director Comey some time before firing him to soften the investigation to former Trump aide, Michael Flynn, caused markets … Read More

May 12, 2017 |

Comey Fired and Macron Hired

Even the firing of the FBI Director by the President of the United States didn’t seem to warrant higher market volatility this week.  We got a little check back unrelated to that near end of week but flat as can be … Read More

May 1, 2017 |

Trump’s Tax Plan Takes Center Stage

And just like that the bull was back …  A ferocious 450-point two-day rally to kick off the week re-engaged investor appetite for risk, and left many wondering if the good old days of, ummmm, February, were back.  The fiscal … Read More

April 14, 2017 |

Is a Bear Market in the Cards?

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

As mentioned last week, this week’s Dividend Café is coming to you from the high seas of the Caribbean where I am enjoying a week off for my kid’s spring break.  I haven’t quite finished … Read More

March 31, 2017 |

A Quarter of Optimism

And just like that the first quarter of 2017 is behind us. You may feel like it seems a year has gone by since USC’s glorious win at the Rose Bowl, or it may seem like the inauguration was … Read More

March 24, 2017 |

Expectations for Trump Take Center Stage

For those getting used to not having down days in the market, or having the down days amount to mere rounding errors, it was good to get the reality check Tuesday that we can still drop 1% or more in … Read More

March 17, 2017 |

March Madness or Market Madness?

Yes, the title of this week’s Dividend Café is a purposeful play on the big sporting event of this week, something we recognize a lot of you do not care about – and that is the college basketball tournament … Read More

March 13, 2017 |

Some Oil In Your Healthcare

Happy Anniversary — really, it is happy.

Eight years ago last Monday the market hit a generational bottom, with the S&P 500 reaching 666 and the Dow hitting 6,470 intra-day. Both of those moments proved to be the low … Read More

March 3, 2017 |

Speech Trump vs. Twitter Trump: Dow 21,000 and Climbing

It is rare for me to say this, but if every one of you opened this week’s Dividend Café, and scrolled straight to the bottom just to read the “Chart of the Week,” I would be happy. Of course I … Read More

February 24, 2017 |

What to Worry About is Different Than You Think

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

Markets enjoyed some more upside this week and are tying or setting various records here and there and everywhere. It provokes conversation, risks complacency, and most importantly, creates the need for behavioral counseling from … Read More

February 20, 2017 |

How Far Can This Market Rally Go?

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

We know what is on the mind of investors this week: How much longer can this market rally last? We address this quite head-on this week along with all sorts of must-read information about the … Read More

February 13, 2017 |

Dividends, Valuations, and Trade Deficits

How much I weigh depends on the scale I use

Few subjects generate more discussion in our world than that of stock market valuations.  Most pedestrian analysis can at least relate to the Price-to-Earnings measurement, and most know that we … Read More

February 7, 2017 |

No Protection in Protectionism: Investors, Immigration, and More

The month of January ended this week and stock investors are likely happy, certainly compared to how January went just one year ago, which was the worst January in stock market history! The political climate right now is certainly heated, … Read More

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