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Affluent Christian Investor | October 22, 2017

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November 11, 2015 |

U.S. Manufacturing Renaissance Turns Into the Dark Ages

The October ISM Manufacturing Index, which has been the official barometer of the U.S. manufacturing sector since 1915, came in with a reading of just 50.1. This was a level barely above contraction.

Of the 18 industries surveyed in the … Read More

November 11, 2015 |

Is it Better to Buy or Rent a Home?

Bloomberg Business published a study by Trulia, an on-line residential real estate site, indicating

”low interest rates and home prices knocked down from the housing crisis have made buying a much better deal than renting in virtually all U.S. markets.”

Read More

November 11, 2015 |

The Best and Worst Things Going For the Markets Right Now

Dear Valued Clients and Friends,

November certainly started off with a bang as energy markets, stock markets, and most risk asset classes continued the October rally the first half of this week with continued price appreciation to the upside. We … Read More

November 10, 2015 |

TMI Can Kill You

The topic of this week’s blog is the essence of confidentiality. No. It’s not a new cologne. But there is a fresh fragrance when trust is kept and honored.

We in the media find getting a scoop to be a … Read More

November 10, 2015 |

Gold Price Drop of 6 Nov: Drilling Down

The price of gold dropped abruptly Friday morning (Arizona time). How much of a drop? $10.30, as measured by the bid on the December future. How abruptly? That move happened in under a second.

At first, the price of … Read More

November 10, 2015 |

Today, I Have a Very Inspiring Financial Story for You

According to NBC news affiliate, WGRZ in Buffalo, NY, “Felimina Rotundo works six days a week washing clothes at a local laundromat, and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon” even though she is currently 100 years old!

“Rotundo … Read More

November 10, 2015 |

The Transformative Power of Suffering

Welcome to Season 6, Episode 1 of the This Is Your Life podcast. My regular cohost, Michele Cushatt, is back after a harrowing battle with cancer. And in this first episode of the new season, we’re discussing the … Read More

November 10, 2015 |

Obama to Trudeau: Congrats on the New Job, Keystone is Dead

My sincere apologies to our friends to the North, but the US charts its own political path and doesn’t play nice at times even to newcomers.

The ball has been rolling slowly downhill on the Keystone pipeline for seven … Read More

November 9, 2015 |

How GDP Data Blocks Us From Seeing the Recession

Economists look to GDP to determine if the US economy is in a recession. Generally, it takes two quarters of the economy shrinking (economists call it negative growth, but they’re linguistically challenged) for the National Bureau of Economic Research … Read More

November 9, 2015 |

Jobs Report Greenlights Irrelevant Fed Rate Move

Friday’s “Employment Situation” report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) was more eagerly anticipated than most. This was because, in her recent testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen strongly suggested that, if the jobs report was at … Read More

November 9, 2015 |

Daniel Was What He Didn’t Eat

Let’s move on to compile another purpose profile, and this time I will focus on the life of Daniel. Daniel and Joseph are two “super heroes” of the Old Testament. They are almost too good to be real! They were … Read More

November 9, 2015 |

Can We Now Believe The Fed?

After Yellen’s comments and a massive beat to the upside for NFP, the markets are quickly pricing in a rate hike of 25bps for the Federal Reserve’s December meeting. The chart above shows the Fed’s dot plots for their … Read More

November 9, 2015 |

Thank God For Closed Doors

When it comes to calling, where does our effort meet God’s providence? God has a purpose for our lives. We look for the open doors. Sometimes, however, there are closed doors. We are apt to think that this is … Read More

November 6, 2015 |

Why No Failure is Truly Permanent

Do you remember what it was like in school to get your test back with a big, fat, red “F” written at the top? It was worse than flunking. It felt like an indictment, like a label. I’m … Read More

November 6, 2015 |

This Stunning 3D Map Shows U.S. GDP Contribution by City

The United States economy makes up about 23.3% of global output and boasts annual economic productivity of $17.3 trillion. In the past, we’ve shown a visualization comparing all of the world’s economies, a direct comparison between the economies of the … Read More

November 6, 2015 |

Beware of Becoming a Financial Pharisee…

In Matthew 23: 23 – 26, Jesus said,

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the … Read More

November 6, 2015 |

True Believer

During the last several days, my wife and I have been traveling in Israel. In fact, I’m writing this blog in Tel Aviv. It’s a work assignment for me. Tough duty. Actually, it’s been work and pleasure for both of … Read More

November 5, 2015 |

One Way Health Care Exchanges Are Failing

Donald Trump has been screaming about premiums going up this year for Obamacare health insurance policies.

But he should see what happens when they go down.

That’s what has happened in Indiana, where average premiums for 2016 health coverage on … Read More

November 5, 2015 |

The Service Economy

I have visited and spent weeks at a time in Europe. On this recent trip however, something clicked for me as I stared out my hotel window at a train station and seeing other public mass transportation moving on the … Read More

November 5, 2015 |

Welcome Aboard Ted Koppel — Our Electric Grid is at Risk

Ted Koppel released a new book, “Lights Out.” In it, he makes some good points. First, he documents the vulnerability. Yes, a cyber attack could take down the grid. So could an EMP, or even physical attacks. Second, he … Read More

November 4, 2015 |

Five Keys to Innovation

So you want to be an innovator?

Innovation can mean an edge for your business, a breakthrough cure you might need someday, a significant improvement in quality of life: lots of things people need and want. The most significant … Read More

November 4, 2015 |

Explained: The Differences Between Electronic Money and Bitcoin

Electronic Money (commonly abbreviated e-money) and Bitcoin are two systems for making payments that are digital in nature. Both are catalysts in the mobile payments revolution, but that is where their similarities end.

In reality, the two systems are extremely … Read More

November 3, 2015 |

Global Fiscal and Monetary Madness

Last week China’s central bank (the PBOC) cut borrowing costs for the sixth time in a year and eased the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) for the third time this year, in a desperate attempt to achieve the prescribed growth target … Read More

November 3, 2015 |

Have You Heard About China’s Creepy New Citizenship Score?

According to an article in the Weekly Standard, China’s Communist government is rolling out a plan to assign everyone in the country “citizenship scores.” The ACLU reported that, “China appears to be leveraging all the tools of the information age—electronic … Read More

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