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Affluent Investor | June 26, 2017

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January 15, 2015 |

Why Mitt Romney Should Not Run

The Wall Street Journal editorial page ran a compelling piece the other day entitled Romney Recycled in which it laid out all the reasons a third Romney campaign may not be a very good idea. It was not stating that Romney would … Read More

January 14, 2015 |

Would You Quit Your Job?

“Take this job and shove it. I ain’t working here no more.” These are the lyrics of an old country song sung by Johnny Paycheck. That was his stage name. Maybe he should have called himself Johnny No-Paycheck. After … Read More

December 31, 2014 |

Why Emerging Markets Are the Best Place For Protecting Your Retirement Funds

There’s no doubt what the received wisdom is these days. All year the financial press has been echoing the theme that emerging markets are toast. The Fed, we’re told, will shortly be initiating a period of monetary tightening and … Read More

December 30, 2014 |

Will Cheap Oil Bail Out the Consumer?

Analysts on every financial news network are screaming about how the lower oil and gas prices will spur on the US consumer and lead to a stronger economy. It is true that total retail sales rose 0.7 percent in … Read More

December 29, 2014 |

Liberals Dredge Up Old Segregationist Tactic Against Tea Party Group

The old, classical idea of liberalism embraced freedom of speech. A commitment to liberty meant respecting the right of every person to speak, and it equally meant opposing the use of state power to censor or in any way “chill” … Read More

December 26, 2014 |

No Christmas for Hong Kong‘s Umbrella Revolution

The “Occupy Central” protests in Hong Kong, also called the Umbrella Revolution (Chinese: 雨傘革命), are a civil disobedience campaign for universal suffrage and to democratize the nominating process of political candidates.  On 28 September, protesters blocked both of the east–west … Read More

December 24, 2014 |

What Was Charles Dickens Really Doing When He Wrote ‘A Christmas Carol’?

“Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don’t make merry myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned: they cost … Read More

December 23, 2014 |

Patience is a Virtue: Unless You Are a Central Banker

With the utterance of one word, “patience” in reference to the Fed’s anticipated lift off date from its zero bound interest rate target, Janet Yellen sent the Dow Jones soaring over 700 points in two days. It is clearly evident … Read More

December 22, 2014 |

Once Again, the Fed Drives Stocks Higher

What a difference a week makes. Friday before last, gloom and doom ruled the markets. The S&P 500 had plunged 3.5% in just one week. Investors were dumping stocks apparently because they had somehow become convinced that low oil prices … Read More

December 19, 2014 |

Energy Destruction and Portfolio Construction: 2015 Reflections

On June 27, 2014, the price of Nymex WTI Crude Oil (per barrel) reached a high level for the year of $107.50. It began a slow, steady decline that, over the next three months, brought the price down to the … Read More

December 17, 2014 |

Government Calls Private Money “Terrorism,” Imprisons Issuer and Seizes His Gold

Our Constitution sets forth –- and limits — the government’s powers. Under Article I, Section 8, Congress is authorized to “coin money and regulate the value thereof” and also to “provide for the punishment of counterfeiting of the securities … Read More

December 16, 2014 |

The Passive Management Bubble

We have happened upon that time in the investment cycle when investors vastly eschew active management of their assets in favor of a more passive management style. In fact, I read recently that 461 Hedge Funds, a hallmark of active … Read More

December 12, 2014 |

Is God a Libertarian?
Ancient Israel Was A Nation Without a Congress

The only branch of modern or ancient government that God included in Israel was the court system. The courts of ancient Israel settled disputes between citizens. Families and tribes enforced the decisions of the judges. The lower courts judged … Read More

December 11, 2014 |

Unemployment: Keynesians and Warmists Are Identical

Science consists of theories that can be falsified (proved wrong) by evidence. In fact, a single inconsistent data point will (and should) invalidate even the most cherished and long-standing scientific theory. By this standard, both the current computer-model-based theory … Read More

December 10, 2014 |

Why Wall Street and Governments Hate Gold

Gold is hated more than ever by both governments and the financial services community. This is because it has now become imperative to keep the illusion of confidence in sovereign debt and paper currencies. To that end, a gentleman by … Read More

December 8, 2014 |

Establishment Survey Stronger Than Household Survey

Friday’s Employment Situation report, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, gave the market a lift in the morning; but stocks gave back some of the gains by the end of the trading day. The headlines, which the media focused … Read More

December 4, 2014 |

Move Over Jack Ma, Hu Was on First

It was the American playwright, Eugene O’Neil, who wrote: “There is no present or future – only the past, happening over and over again – now.” Coincidentally, the biography of Hu Shiue Yan (胡雪/胡雪), a Chinese business tycoon, also conveyed … Read More

December 3, 2014 |

The World Has Become Obdurate

There is a perfect word that describes the current condition of governments and consumers around the world today. The word is obdurate, and it means to be stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing.

The word comes to mind when witnessing the renewed … Read More

December 1, 2014 |

Education Department’s ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule: Futile Tinkering That Misses Root Problems

At the end of October, the Department of Education released its much-awaited “gainful employment” rule. It is supposed to fix (or at least improve) the problem that many students who pursue vocational training with federal student aid money wind … Read More

November 27, 2014 |

Appreciation: How Gratitude Leads to Growth

I have a friend who was always trying to talk me into being part of his next business idea. Media, finance, health care—it didn’t matter which sector, he’d always say the same thing, “Jerry, it’s gonna be bigger than … Read More

November 26, 2014 |

Is God a Libertarian?
How the Bible Established a Country Without an Executive Branch

Many Christian writers on economics claim that the Bible endorses neither capitalism nor socialism. They cut off the heads of both systems and install their own, often referred to as a “third way,” in which they scavenge through the … Read More

November 25, 2014 |

Why Gold is Headed Much Higher

What really drives the price of gold? Some say it’s a fear gauge. Others prefer to look at the demand coming from the Indian wedding season. But the silliest of all conclusions to reach is that the dollar price of … Read More

November 24, 2014 |

Once Again Stocks Rally in Response to Central Banks

I woke up Friday morning to news that stock futures were way up. I didn’t know why, but I was willing to bet it had nothing to do with President Obama’s speech on immigration. Sure enough, it turns out that once … Read More

November 21, 2014 |

Japan’s Last Stand

There is a popular American military term called a “last stand”, which is meant to describe a situation where a combat force attempts to hold a defensive position in the face of overwhelming odds. The defensive force usually sustains … Read More

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