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Affluent Christian Investor | October 21, 2017

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October 20, 2017 |

How Christian Entrepreneurs Debating With Pastors Created American Economics

In his book Heavenly Merchandize, theologian Mark Valeri shares his insights on a foundational story of America through the men who actually lived and forged it.  It is the story of how America’s economic system unfolds from the interaction between … Read More

October 20, 2017 |

21st Century Slavery

Modern slavery exists, it is widespread, and it is a worldwide, lucrative practice. A National Geographic study found “There are more slaves today than were seized from Africa in four centuries of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The modern commerce in humans rivals … Read More

October 20, 2017 |

Removing Statues – Money Well Spent?

One of my all-time favorite movie scenes takes place at the end of Schindler’s List. Allow me to set the stage – Oskar Schindler was a German businessman. Pretending he needed Jews to operate his businesses, he spent most of … Read More

October 20, 2017 |

Catholic Community, Protestant Individual

If the proof is in the pudding, you might be surprised to learn which Christian tradition tends to be the most community-oriented.

I grew up in the Midwest in a nominally Episcopalian family. As a young boy, I asked my … Read More

October 20, 2017 |

Family Business Succession and the Book of Judges

“My kids – even though it’s a family business – don’t even know what day or time ‘Survivor’ is even on. They just know it’s on TiVo..”

-Mark Burnett, Executive producer of TV show “Survivor”

Even though 88% … Read More

October 20, 2017 |

The Richest People in Human History

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The Richest People in Human History (Up until the Industrial Revolution)

Click here for a larger, more legible version of the infographic that you can explore in-depth.

When we think of wealth today, … Read More

October 19, 2017 |

Mutual Aid Societies: The Cooperative Spirit

Democratic-Capitalist societies are often characterized as lands of “rugged individualism” – each person responsible only for himself, boldly standing against the rest of the world, come what may. Such a spirit is romanticized in the image of the lonesome cowboy … Read More

October 19, 2017 |

Why Are Young People Socialist?

Young people drove Bernie Sanders’ campaign and near upset of the establishment Hillary Clinton in the latest election to the surprise of many. An old saying goes, “If you’re not a socialist when you’re young you have no heart; if … Read More

October 19, 2017 |

Better to Occupy Than Speculate

The Parable of the Nobleman is a familiar one…

A certain nobleman goes off to a far country.

But before going, he entrusts his servants with some money…

… and directs them to do business with it until he … Read More

October 19, 2017 |

October’s Financial To-Dos

Each month, we offer suggestions for ways to chip away at your financial goals. The idea is that by doing at least one thing each month, you can make significant progress.

This month we turn toward year-end planning. As … Read More

October 19, 2017 |

Economic Report: Retail Sales Looked Good in September

When able to sort out the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the jobs data for September actually turned out to be solid, as noted in a recent SBE Council analysis. It also turns out that retail sales, as reported by … Read More

October 19, 2017 |

Stash More Cash: A Map of the Best Cities for Families to Save Money

It’s no secret that Americans need to save more money. This is especially important for families because families have bigger expenses, and more of them. If your family is struggling to save money, you may live in the wrong place.

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October 18, 2017 |

What Could End This Bull Market?

Key Points

  • Stocks enjoyed their fifth week of gains as investors continue to focus on the positives.
  • The political backdrop remains uncertain, but should continue promoting economic growth.
  • We expect investment conditions to grow more challenging … Read More
October 18, 2017 |

Visualizing How Americans Differ by Age

From the day of birth, most Americans are told by society that their life should follow a certain trajectory: go to school, get a higher education, get married, start a career, and retire as soon as they are gray and … Read More

October 18, 2017 |

One Economic Reality, But Many Opinions About Economic Reality

If you drive a car very fast into a sharp curve in the road, you may really want to keep the vehicle under control. You may sincerely believe that you can, but that is determined by the condition of the … Read More

October 18, 2017 |

Financial Advisors, Who Is Your Purpose?

“Purpose is always found just across the border from what’s in it for me.”

-Andy Stanley

Early on in his career, pastor and leadership expert, Andy Stanley, says his mentor once gave him some valuable advice; “Everybody has to eat … Read More

October 18, 2017 |

Lessons From Fallen Leaders: Harvey Weinstein and Tim Murphy

Harvey Weinstein. I’m guessing more Google searches have been done on that name than anyone else in recent memory. Harvey might live in infamy in the category of Hollywood exploitation of power.

A number of lessons can be learned here. … Read More

October 18, 2017 |

Don’t You Dare Give Up!

I’ve been noodling on something the last few days. You see, it will be a year this week that The Joy Model released and there may be people following the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan who aren’t experiencing the joy they had hoped for.

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October 17, 2017 |

Why the West Attracts Immigrants

Immigration has become a major challenge to the West.

People want to migrate to the West because it respects individual rights and freedoms. It believes in human dignity and equality. It puts law over rulers and stands for good … Read More

October 17, 2017 |

Embrace the Diversity God Created, but Look at Culture Critically

Most of us have heard the refrain that to reduce poverty in the U.S., we need to get young people to “graduate, get married, and have children” in that order.

An article by the Brookings Institute several years ago supports this … Read More

October 17, 2017 |

The Necessity of Compassion in the Workplace

Some jobs in life are much more difficult than others. They may require boldness extraordinaire, like washing windows on skyscrapers or changing lightbulbs on thousand-foot radio towers. Perhaps great strength or endurance is needed, as you might see on construction … Read More

October 17, 2017 |

Europe’s Separatist Movements

Catalonia’s independence movement may be the focus of this month’s news about separatist movements, but Europe has a number of regions that are considering going it alone. These movements tend to feed off of each other, supporting independence claims.

Even … Read More

October 17, 2017 |

How to be as Free and Strong as Can Be

To fulfill the purpose God has for you in life, you must be as free and as strong as you can be.

That’s easier said than done… when the world, the flesh, and the devil are all conspiring against … Read More

October 17, 2017 |

The Trillion Dollar Club of Asset Managers

$1T+ CLUB IS DOMINATED BY U.S. BASED ASSET MANAGERS

In the late 1700s, it was the start of the battle of stock exchanges: in 1773, the London Stock Exchange was formed, and the New York Stock Exchange was formed … Read More

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