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Affluent Investor | June 24, 2017

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David Bahnsen

David Bahnsen

“Moral Capitalism” David L. Bahnsen, CFP®, works as a Senior Vice President in the private client group of one of the premier Wall Street firms in the country where he provides financial planning and investment management services to individuals and families. He and his wife of nearly eleven years (Joleen) reside in Newport Beach, CA with their seven-year old son, Mitchell, five-year old daughter, Sadie, and 2-year old baby boy, Graham. He is an active board member of the Lincoln Club of Orange County where he serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Program Committee. He serves on the Board of Advisors of Dr. Art Laffer’s California Recovery Project with the Pacific Research Institute. He has recently been appointed to the Board of the Concordia University Center for Public Policy. He also serves on the Blackstone Faculty of the Alliance Defense Fund and is a Cooperating Board member of the Center for Cultural Leadership where he is the Senior Fellow of Economics and Finance. He is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA), and holds numerous financial designations and licenses. David is a disciple of Milton Friedman, a lover of Ronald Reagan, and a “National Review kind of conservative”. His writings strive to reflect an ideology of freedom principles integrated with transcendent truths. His hero is his late father, Dr. Greg Bahnsen, but he is pretty fond of John Calvin, Abraham Kuyper, F.A. Hayek, Winston Churchill, C.S. Lewis, William Buckley, Margaret Thatcher, George Gilder, Steve Forbes, and Larry Kudlow as well. Hobbies include travel, fine dining, golfing, and sports. His true passions in life include anything pertaining to USC football, the financial markets, politics, Palm Desert, his gorgeous and brilliant children, and his lovely wife, Joleen.

Posts By David Bahnsen

October 5, 2016 |

The Real Tragedy of Last Night’s VP Debate

Don’t get me wrong, Mike Pence wiped the floor with Tim Kaine last night. Kaine looked slimy, acted rude, and defaulted time and time again to stock, cookie-cutter, pre-packaged lines that were either overdone (Trump likes Putin), or were … Read More

September 15, 2016 |

Hillary’s Health

Anyone who knows me knows that I LOATHE conspiracy theories, and completely oppose any attempt to criticize political candidates whose policies and even personal character I find contemptible for any reasons other than what we DO know about them. I … Read More

September 6, 2016 |

Markets and College Football: A Time For Serious Focus

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

Okay, I’m not actually going to be talking about college football, though as I am sure all of you know, the season is upon us. =) This time, we are going to talk markets, … 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 23, 2016 |

Bulls, Bears, and The Bahamas

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

Greetings from the deep seas of the Caribbean where I am with my kids celebrating the near-end of their summer. This little annual family vacation is a real blessing, but the WiFi bill I … Read More

August 15, 2016 |

Rio, Rubio, and Your Portfolio

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

I could practically skip this week’s market commentary to talk about Michael Phelps. That is how much I have enjoyed watching this first week of the Olympics and particularly the incredible story of this simply … Read More

August 12, 2016 |

What Michael Phelps Teaches Us About Absolute Return Investing

It’s just a picture, and one of many that this first week of Olympic action has created. There has been no shortage of photo-ready moments between the U.S. women’s gymnastics dominance, the collection of swimming medals, and so many other … Read More

August 8, 2016 |

A Gold Medal for Disciplined Investing

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

We entered the month of August having enjoyed a great year so far in our equity and fixed income results, mixed results across various alternatives, and a lot of unknowns in big-picture macro affairs. No … Read More

August 3, 2016 |

Three Categories of Trump Voters

It’s crunch time, my friends. The conventions are over. The Republicans have finished their four days of lambasting free trade and traditional social values, and the Democrats have finished their four days of quoting the Declaration of Independence and the … Read More

July 22, 2016 |

Republicans Go All Bernie Sanders in New Platform

Look, I get the politics of it, and I am not even sure I disagree with the reasoning, but there are a few things that need to be said about the new GOP platform and its claim to support to … Read More

July 21, 2016 |

If Trump Is Such A Great Dealmaker, Why Did He Let Cruz Give That Speech?

The hysterics of the last 12 hours have been a low moment for observers of the punditry class, where new lows in quality commentary and intelligent observation have been set by various paid consultants and television talking heads (oh, and … Read More

June 30, 2016 |

Not Out of the Woods – Brexit Part 2 and What it Means to You

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

(Listen to this Dividend Café podcast at this SoundCloud link or this iTunes link).

As all of you are likely aware by now, the citizens of Great Britain shocked the world last Thursday by voting … Read More

June 27, 2016 |

Urgent BREXIT Edition Amongst the Market Chaos

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

We decided to ditch the normal format of Dividend Café this week because of the extraordinary news of BREXIT winning. This is an issue all clients ought to read, and we are dedicating these paragraphs … Read More

June 21, 2016 |

Bookies vs. Pollsters and Your Portfolio

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

Market volatility is back, to some degree, though we are a ways away from it feeling like it did in January.If anything, the volatility we have seen these past couple weeks has been remarkably … Read More

June 13, 2016 |

Fedexit, Forget Brexit

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

This was a really fun weekly edition of the Dividend Café to write. There are a lot of charts which we hope makes it easier to read and the major points we are making easier … Read More

June 8, 2016 |

From May to June and Not a Moment Too Soon

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

It was a short week in the market but we saw May end at basically a completely and totally flat level (in the Dow; the S&P was up a bit), and for the first calendar … Read More

June 3, 2016 |

One Man’s Brexit Is Another Man’s Prosperity

Last week I participated in a lively debate sponsored by the British American Business Council, OC Forum, and World Affairs Council regarding the potential British exit from the European Union. The vote on this controversial referendum comes June 23, with … Read More

May 30, 2016 |

The Economy, Fed, and You

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

At press time, here we are up 330 points on the week in the Dow, and maybe, just maybe, we will see markets end the month of May next Tuesday slightly positive for the month. We … Read More

May 26, 2016 |

The Fed Comes Right Back into Your Life

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

As quickly as the central banks of the world said, “You better buy risk assets because we are going to coddle markets until the cows come home,” last week our own Federal Reserve’s commitment to … Read More

May 25, 2016 |

A Letter to Mrs. Clinton on the Housing Bubble Her Husband Helped Blow

Dear Mrs. Clinton –

Your husband pursued an aggressive recalibration of goals and social objectives in housing policy with his Department of Housing and Urban Development, and personally said:

“Our home ownership strategy will not cost the taxpayers one extra … Read More

May 19, 2016 |

My Takeaways from SALT 2016

As mentioned in our video and written piece in a previous week, for the fifth year in a row I spent the last few days of that week at the Annual SALT Conference in Las Vegas, a massive consortium … Read More

May 11, 2016 |

What to Do Now: Donald Trump and the 2016 Presidential Race

I never thought you would be reading this article, and I never thought I would be writing it. Like millions of other Americans, I never thought that the party of Lincoln and Reagan would go forward with nominating Donald Trump … Read More

May 10, 2016 |

Sell in May Because Trump Will Stay?

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

March and April proved to be great months for stocks and other “risk” assets. Some volatility resumed last week, but nothing in the same universe as what we saw earlier this year. There are a … Read More

May 4, 2016 |

Earnings Trump Elections

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

These first few weeks of earnings season every quarter (basically the second, third, and fourth week of every January, April, July, and October) are insanely busy. Analyst calls, company 10Q and 10k reports, research bulletins, and … Read More

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