AboutIan Hodge, Author at Affluent Christian Investor
I Regret to Inform You of the Passing of Ian Hodge
Ian was one of our first columnists here at Affluent Investor. I looked forward to reading his columns when they appeared in my inbox, setting aside more urgent tasks for sheer curiosity about what I would learn … Read More
The Myth of Christian Ministry
There are many opportunities known as ‘Christian Ministries’. They are identified as organizations that promote the kingdom of God in some form, quote Bible verses at appropriate times, and they depend on subsidies in some form in order to … Read More
What’s Wrong With Limited Liability Corporations?
In 1855, George Sweet highlighted the forthcoming changes to contract law. The changes that were introduced became known as limited liability law. The impact on the nature of contract and on business in general is hard to underestimate. Sweet, … Read More
What’s an MBA From Harvard Really Worth?
In the 1980s it was fashionable for those who could afford the tuition to send their offspring to Harvard Business School to get an MBA. Students from around the world lined up for the prestigious program, ready to take on … Read More
How to Solve the Problem of Taxation in Less Than an Hour
The new Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, is boasting that business confidence is up merely because he’s talking positive. It’s a “Don’t worry folks. I’m here now. My government will make us all wealthy.”
In order to understand … Read More
How to Solve the Economic Crisis in Less Than An Hour
Once again there are fears about the economy. But the problem is not getting better. It is getting worse.
The solution, however, is found in this simple classroom experiment. Get an even number of kids on each side of … Read More
How Lobsters Expose the Achilles’ Heel of the Conservative Movement
A group of rugged Novia Scotia fishermen met at 8:30 am to discuss their future. They were being ripped off, they said. They worked hard on their boats netting lobsters, sold them to a local wholesaler, who then sold them … Read More
The Chinese ‘Great Unmentionable’
“[I]t is the economist’s task so to understand the deeper determinants of economic conjunctures and affairs that his policy prescriptions can be intelligently and properly shaped toward their proper ordering, or where it is considered necessary, their correction and resolution. … Read More
Chinese Government Isn’t God, and Can’t Suspend the Laws of Economics
You know there is a problem when you hear something like this: The Chinese authorities have halted all new listings on the stock market. The reason? They want people to buy shares, not sell them. They think more buying is … Read More
How to Leave a Legacy that Lasts for Centuries: Leadership Lesson of Johann Sebastian Bach
Music standards vary from person to person, but hardly anyone denies that some of the best music written is that by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750). It is difficult not to be moved emotionally when you hear the … Read More
How to Quickly and Effectively Change Your Business… Overnight
Imagine your business is producing significantly more sales at better margins, with happier customers.
Many business owners struggle to change their businesses… for the better, of course. But there really is only one thing necessary to bring about radical … Read More
How Can You Protect Your Money if You Don’t Know What it is?: Protecting Your Assets in an Age of Theft
Money. What is it? Why do we need more of it to buy the luxuries of life like bread, milk and sugar?
Money primarily consists of currency (notes and coin) and credit. Credit allows you to buy things just as … Read More
How to Keep Your Job in Troubled Times
In troubled times, people worry. If they have jobs, they worry about the pay scale staying where it is. They worry about whether or not they’ll keep those jobs. And many, many people worry about how they will live if … Read More
Forget the Rhetoric; Follow the Money
One of the biggest misunderstandings between many people is the flow of money and, especially, the flow of money from the purchase of foreign goods. “Buy American” or “buy Australian” are common refrains. But these slogans are the rhetoric of … Read More
Australia: The Worst is Yet to Come
In the aftermath of the Labor Party’s internal demolition of itself, the Australian people are putting their hope in the Opposition, the Liberal-National Party (LNP), and its leader Tony Abbott. In Australian politics the LNP are supposed to be the … Read More
New Poll, Liberals Leading in Australian Election: Close election, Not Much Philosophical Difference
It’s been a a week since the Australian Labor Party dumped Prime Minister Julia Gillard as party leader and replaced her with Kevin Rudd. And already the polls are speaking.
Kevin Rudd is suddenly showing as the preferred Prime Minister … Read More
Australia’s Manufacturing Crisis
On May 23, Ford Motor Company announced it was closing its manufacturing plants in Australia. Local manufacture ceases in October 2016. This announcement does not end the availability of Ford vehicles in Australia. But it is an admission that manufacturing … Read More
Human Rights Challenges Aussie Businesses
Create an Australian Human Rights Commission and you can expect trouble in business. This time, the AHRC aimed its efforts at one of the largest Australian retailers, Myer.
The goal of the AHRC is to get this Australian business to … Read More
Chaos in Australian Politics Leaves Australians with Wishful Thinking
On Wednesday, June 26 2013, Australian politics came to a head. Specifically involving the Labor Party, which is a minority in the Australian Federal Parliament, yet carries the Prime Ministership with the aid of independent members of the house.
But … Read More