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Affluent Christian Investor | February 25, 2024

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AboutDavid Bahnsen, Author at Affluent Christian Investor

David Bahnsen

David Bahnsen

David L. Bahnsen, CFP®, CIMA® is the founder, Managing Director, and Chief Investment Officer of The Bahnsen Group, a private wealth management boutique based in Newport Beach, managing over $1 billion in client assets. David has been named as one of Barron’s America’s Top 1,200 Advisors as well as On Wall Street’s Top 40 Advisors Under 40 and Financial Times Top 300 Advisors in America. He brought The Bahnsen Group independent through the elite boutique fiduciary, HighTower Advisors, in April 2015 after eight years as a Chairman's Club Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and seven years as a First Vice President at UBS Financial Services. He is a frequent guest on CNBC and Fox Business and is a regular contributor to Forbes. David serves on the Board of Directors for the National Review Institute and the Lincoln Club of Orange County, and is a founding Trustee for Pacifica Christian High School of Orange County. David's true passions include anything related to USC football, the financial markets, politics, and his house in the desert. His ultimate passions are his lovely wife of 15+ years, Joleen, their gorgeous and brilliant children, sons Mitchell and Graham, and daughter Sadie, and the life they’ve created together in Newport Beach, California.

Posts By David Bahnsen

August 2, 2021 |

What To Do About This Difficult Market?

I have been thinking a lot about the stock market lately, but not for the reasons most people think about it.  The most common thing people wonder about the stock market is something like this: “Is the market about … Read More

July 26, 2021 |

Dividends, Energy, And Crypto

A trend that has to be avoided

At the core of a dividend, growth philosophy is, well, dividend growth.  It is one thing to have a very subpar income flow from market indices (the S&P 500 ETF yield is 1.27% right … Read More

July 19, 2021 |

Quantifying The Quantitative, Or Making Easy The Easing

most of you, before the financial crisis, I had never heard nor uttered the term “quantitative easing.” This somehow became completely standard fare in the lexicon of finance in the last 13 years, and it is now uttered by people … Read More

July 12, 2021 |

Everything There Is To Know About The Stock Market

Today I am going to do something an investment manager who writes about investing all the time ought to do more – I am going to talk about the market.

Now maybe you think I do that all the time, … Read More

July 6, 2021 |

The Halfway Point Of 2021

I have always had a sort of unfair pet peeve with people talking about time moving either too fast or too slow.  I think what I hate is the thoughtlessness of it – the sort of expected cliche when someone … Read More

June 29, 2021 |

A Timeless Principle In These Current Events

The weird week in the markets doesn’t change what I want to be doing with each Dividend Cafe. The market was up ~1,000 points on the week on Thursday, with pre-market futures pointing to a +100 point open on Friday … Read More

June 21, 2021 |

Why You Should Care About QE

We had an interesting week in financial markets… The Fed did exactly what they were expected to by any reasonable person – nothing more, nothing less. They acknowledged the economy is improving, they said they were “talking about talking about” … Read More

May 27, 2021 |

Inflating Our Thoughts On Inflation

I thought I would do something really fun with this week’s Dividend Cafe, but just as soon as I typed that I realized that, like beauty, fun is in the eye of the beholder. But what “fun” thing I was … Read More

May 5, 2021 |

Nothing New Under The Sun

Tell me what you think about these two statements:

(1) Markets are dynamic, ever-changing forces.  They are never predictable, their outcomes are never assured, the inputs are constantly adjusting with the ebbs and flows of different circumstances and facts … Read More

April 29, 2021 |

The Long-Term Economic Issue We Should Worry About

First, I ended up flying back to California from New York late Thursday night for a Friday matter that came up (I was supposed to fly to California on Sunday).  This substantially altered my reading and writing plans for … Read More

April 22, 2021 |

Partying Like It’s 2019

I have done my very best to herald the virtues of normalization as much as I can since the pandemic struck a year ago.  There was a period of time last spring where clearly normalization was not possible or … Read More

April 16, 2021 |

Gold As A Hedge Against Government Irresponsibility

This week’s Dividend Cafe is inspired by one of my favorite quotes, ever.

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble.  It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

~ Mark Twain

(I attribute … Read More

April 6, 2021 |

Media Malpractice

There is a strong possibility that many of you reading Dividend Cafe this week will be completely unaware of the subject I have chosen for this week’s topic.  I do not mean you will be unfamiliar with the concept or … Read More

March 31, 2021 |

A Primer On Bubbles

Who would have guessed that at the one-year mark of the worst market drop since the Great Financial Crisis, one of the hottest topics in financial markets is whether or not we are in a “bubble.” Am I the … Read More

March 23, 2021 |

A Risk No One Thinks About Until It Matters

I had fun writing this week’s Dividend Cafe because I got to jump all over the place, just covering so many topics that I love, love, love, and not worrying at all about how it all weaved together.  If you … Read More

March 19, 2021 |

Reflecting On Two Historic Market Crises: COVID And The Great Recession

I had a lot I was going to cover in this week’s Dividend Cafe. I mean, some really fun stuff. We were going to go deep and wide into the bond market, into gold, into capex, into market rotation, … Read More

March 12, 2021 |

The Lessons Of Anti-Money

Setting the table

The general lay of the land out there looks something like this right now (media treatment of a conflation of topics, and maybe even a consensus view outside a remnant of thinkers) …

(1) The Fed moved to hyper … Read More

March 4, 2021 |

Government Spending And Your Heart Rate

I think there is some “economic vocabulary” in today’s Dividend Cafe that might – might! – be a turn-off to some, but will be overcome easily if you bear with it.  And more importantly, there is a practical takeaway through … 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 5, 2021 |

You Are What You Live Through As An Investor

It is appropriate and perhaps entirely ironic that the subject of this week’s Dividend Cafe comes at a time where we have recently seen some of the most bizarre, insane, and silly market activity, ever, and that this bizarre, insane, … Read More

January 29, 2021 |

Can Debt Be Used Productively?

As the country has said goodbye to the prior administration over the last couple of weeks, and as the new administration has begun to settle in, I have focused last week’s Dividend Cafe and this week’s as well on what … Read More

January 21, 2021 |

A Fatal Problem In Modern Economic Thinking

Here is my promise to you in today’s Dividend Cafe – the entire thing, from start to finish, is apolitical.  Now, that is not actually true, and maybe by the time I am done writing, I will explain what that … Read More

December 15, 2020 |

Capital Abounds, And It Needs A Place To Go

As I am typing, the market sits at 30,000 exactly on the Dow, really close to 4,000 points higher than it was in the middle of the day on Friday, October 30 (it closed at 26,500 that day).  Now, … Read More

December 10, 2020 |

Markets Digest Reality Of Biden Presidency

Early December is a tough time of year for my writing inspiration.  I have soooooo much I want to say about 2020, but we really aren’t done yet, and this year as much as any other, affirms the reality that … Read More

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