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Affluent Christian Investor | March 4, 2021

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March 3, 2021 |

This Data Shows How Weird This Recession Was

First, let me introduce the most important economic statistic that you’ve (probably) never heard of, Gross Output. It was invented by economist Mark Skousen and was adopted by the federal government, which now reports it quarterly. Unlike GDP, Gross … Read More

February 17, 2021 |

Another Theologian Falls For Socialism

Americans love to think of ourselves as pragmatic. “’American Pragmatism’ has a double meaning since both the school of philosophy and the average American seems more interested in getting things done and the result of action rather than abstract theories … Read More

February 17, 2021 |

GDP Bounced Back, Sort Of

GDP is the most popular general measure of economic output. It started its contraction in the first quarter of the year, rapidly accelerated its fall in the second quarter, and came roaring back in the third quarter. We don’t … Read More

February 17, 2021 |

Apathy And Envy For All

Under a collective system, everyone degrades to a lower level whether they want to or not.  Apathy, laziness, fear, and dependence become the norm, making central planning and totalitarian measures even more successful; thus the end of poverty, but the … Read More

February 17, 2021 |

The Global Stock Market Decompression

In the most recent quarter, global stock markets continued to reverse the valuation compression which occurred in the first quarter.

In the first quarter of the year, during the worst of the COVID crisis, global markets collapsed in value. What … Read More

February 17, 2021 |

Why Things Are Bad And What You Should Do About It

Have you ever thought about what makes you happy?

When asked, many people say something like, “Having my wants and desires satisfied.”

Consequently, they spend time and resources trying to satisfy them.  Ever entertaining themselves, seeking happiness in purchasing more … Read More

February 11, 2021 |

Gamestop Scandal: Who Is The Real Culprit?

Those who despise free markets concentrate their hate on the stock market, and the Gamestop soap opera served up fresh caffeine for them. For readers not addicted to financial media, the drama involved a group of individual investors communicating through … Read More

February 11, 2021 |

Who Has Economic Mobility? Everyone!

Economic mobility is very critical in the United States. This determines whether Americans prosper or not; whether or not they are able to reap the God-given talents and skills to benefit themselves and those around them. It can be … Read More

February 11, 2021 |

Biden Deletes China COVID Evidence

Shortly before the end of the Trump Administration, The U.S. State Department provided information about the deadly COVID-19’s origins in China. The Biden Administration has removed this data, for reasons undisclosed and highly questionable, particularly in light of the … Read More

February 11, 2021 |

How Companies Pay Shareholders: High Earnings Quality Companies Do More Buybacks

In our ongoing series about stock selection which has first focused on how companies pay their shareholders, we’re going to take a slightly deeper dive into buybacks.

Reminder: We are referring to situations in which a company reduces the number … Read More

February 11, 2021 |

Volatility Vs. Capital Erosion

First things first

When I wrote last week of cyclical reality that value and growth have alternated taking turns as the market’s leadership sector for over forty years, I was sharing something that I assume all investors know.  Growth has … Read More

February 11, 2021 |

When Will The Party End?

I’d like to explain why these already-stretched markets could crash by the start of the 3rd quarter. I’ve been warning over the past month, or about, that my Inflation/Deflation and Economic Cycle Model SM is forecasting a potential crash in equities around the … Read More

February 11, 2021 |

Back To Buybacks: Is It More About Dilution Than Concentration?

We mentioned previously in this series that buybacks may not capture everything (or even the most important things) when it comes to the question of whether companies should be concentrating (by taking shares off the market) shareholder ownership or … Read More

February 5, 2021 |

Even Amnesty International Is Criticizing Facebook Censorship

received ample, and well-deserved, criticism during the 2020 election cycle for its proclivity towards censorship. The social media giant’s tendency is not restricted to America. Observers across the planet have levied charges against for its apparent comfort in … Read More

February 5, 2021 |

The War On Poverty’s Results

Data shows income inequality hasn’t changed over the past 100 years, and the three key wealth indicators are: productivity improvement (which has improved dramatically), income mobility, and personal well-being. “While income inequality is rising, inequality of personal well-being is … Read More

February 5, 2021 |

How Companies Pay Shareholders: Total Shareholder Payout A Better Approach?

Is there a metric or series of metrics which captures the best of what we learn from looking at the buybacks factor, but avoids some of its shortcomings? Net Payout of Profits just might fit the bill. This metric looks … Read More

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