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Affluent Christian Investor | September 20, 2017

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May 14, 2015 |

The Collapse of Cash

Despite all of the central bank manipulations over the past seven years, it is finally becoming clear economies will not be able to achieve escape velocity. The U.S. central bank has the longest track record of treading down the … Read More

May 13, 2015 |

Obama to Union Critics, No Speech For You!

Over the last several years, Americans have seen a frightening rise in hostility to freedom of speech. Much of that has occurred on college campuses, where we find that many students, faculty members, and administrators do not want free speech, … Read More

May 12, 2015 |

Stable Cost of Living? Not If You Live Off Savings!

The dollar is always losing value. To measure the decline, people turn to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), or various alternative measures such as Shadow Stats or Billion Prices Project. They measure a basket of goods, and we can see … Read More

May 12, 2015 |

Radio Interviews About My Speech in Baltimore

I was invited several months ago to speak in Baltimore, MD; as things turned out, the week I was scheduled to speak was the week of the riots. The events were recorded but not yet released to the public, however I … Read More

May 11, 2015 |

This is How a Pseudoscience is Born

Instead of relying on his predecessor’s experience, and calling his policy by name as being fiscal in nature, sustaining government credit (though politically this is not so palatable during peacetime), Mr. Bernanke appears to have his mind trapped by … Read More

May 8, 2015 |

Going Balt: Is It Time for Small Business in Big Cities to Drop Out?

Imaginary headline from Establishment Newspaper—slightly exaggerated, (How far is this story from the subtext of any mainstream media news outlet?)

“Rich Store Owner Takes His Huge Profits And Dumps Beleaguered City!”

Standing on a flat-bed trailer parked in front … Read More

May 7, 2015 |

State of the Economy: Q1

How do you see the overall state of the economy? The presuppositions you bring to the discussion will dictate everything you believe about the economy. My late father used to say, “There are no brute facts.” We interpret everything through … Read More

May 6, 2015 |

Blood Moon Market Meltdown?

One of the interesting things about being a Christian economist is that you hear so many strange new theories. People read something on the internet or hear about it in small group, and because it comes from within the Christian … Read More

May 5, 2015 |

The Political Implications of Rand Paul’s Wife’s Book

Americans have a deep ambivalence about the role of First Lady.

In a 1992 segment of Nightline correspondent Jackie Judd observed,

Americans are most comfortable, for example, with first ladies who are gracious, stand – by – your – man … Read More

April 13, 2015 |

Respect for God and Gratitude: How Toyota Rose On More Than Just Hard Work

The Toyota Motor Corporation evolved from a strong belief in the free-market and an attitude parallel with the Puritan work-ethic.  Takahiro Fujimoto, who has researched and written extensively about Toyota and their business model, the Toyota Production System, succinctly and … Read More

April 11, 2015 |

Is Monetary Manipulation the Only Defense Against Economic Malaise?

Is the Fed going to raise rates this year? I suspect not, but they are going to at some point, and you may as well be prepared for it whether it happens this year or next year. The several takeaways … Read More

April 10, 2015 |

Investors Stuck in the Indifference Zone

The graph shows the weekly averages for the S&P 500 since October of last year.  The index has been stuck in a trading range between 1990 and 2110 for the past six months. A move to 2200 as the … Read More

April 8, 2015 |

S&P 2200

While profits in the energy sector cratered in the last quarter, a jump in retail profits of $28 billion in the fourth quarter from the previous year suggests that the S&P 500 will continue to rise. The forecast calls … Read More

April 7, 2015 |

Brain Vases: How Government Distorts Our Children’s Souls

In China, the art of molding humans was developed hundreds of years ago. The practitioners of this ancient art would take a child two or three years old, place it in a porcelain vase, sometimes a vase grotesque in shape. … Read More

April 3, 2015 |

Jesus Of Nazareth, Enemy Of The State, Executed For Treason

Jesus of Nazareth was executed today on the orders of the Roman State. Method of execution: Crucifixion. The charge under Roman law was treason, and under Herodian law blasphemy against the Temple. The evidence against this anarchist was so … Read More

April 2, 2015 |

Shemitah Years and Blood Moons as Market Timing Tools

The hypothesis that the years 2014-2015 are of high prophetic significance based on the conjunction of lunar eclipses, Hebrew holidays and an alleged ‘Shemitah” year has gained rapid attention in evangelical Christian circles. This approach has become more than the … Read More

April 2, 2015 |

Falling Unemployment Doesn’t Mean Rising Wages

It is good to be writing this without any hospital visits having taken place, and with my daughter, Sadie, back in school and joyfully getting every square inch of her pink cast signed by all of her loving friends.  I … Read More

April 1, 2015 |

How Learning By Suffering Built the Japanese Economic Miracle

In 1824 Reverend Charles Colton said that “imitation is the sincerest of flattery.”[1]  If true, then Americans should stand heads and shoulders above all with pride upon the accomplishments of the Toyota Motor Corporation.  Toyota is the embodiment of American … Read More

March 30, 2015 |

Falling Interest Causes Falling Wages

Interest rates have been falling for over three decades. Conventional economics has two things to say about this. One, inflation expectations are falling. Monetarists believe that the interest rate is set based on bond traders’ predictions of future price increases. … Read More

March 27, 2015 |

Incentives Trump Intentions

Milton Friedman told us to assess a public program by its results, not its intentions.  Similarly, Thomas Sowell advised us to think with our heads, not our hearts.  If you do as they suggest, it changes everything.

If you assess … Read More

March 24, 2015 |

Market Fundamentalists Beware: Fed To Blame For Volatility

I apologize in advance if this week’s commentary is a little shorter than normal.  I was at a client dinner in Palm Desert last Wednesday night when my wife called to say our daughter had broken her arm in … Read More

March 23, 2015 |

Beware of the Inverted Yield Curve!

In the movies, an edgy musical score is an effective tool that warns the audience something really bad is about to happen. Like the shrill screech in Psycho, certain sound effects forebode impending doom. In like manner, economics also has … Read More

March 20, 2015 |

High Court Strikes Down Anticompetitive Regulation In North Carolina Dental Case

Last August, I wrote about an important case that had reached the Supreme Court. It concerned the legality under antitrust law, of a state board using its power to stifle competition that would have taken some business away from members … Read More

March 19, 2015 |

The Potentially Devastating Consequences of Negative Rates

Unless increased taxes are paid for the cost of present government spending and interest on the accumulating debts – which is now impossible – parts of the burden must be met by other means. It can be done either through … Read More

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