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Affluent Christian Investor | August 10, 2020

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AboutJerry Bowyer, Author at Affluent Christian Investor

Jerry Bowyer

Jerry Bowyer

Jerry Bowyer is a Forbes contributor, contributing editor of AffluentInvestor.com, and Senior Fellow in Business Economics at The Center for Cultural Leadership. Jerry has compiled an impressive record as a leading thinker in finance and economics. He worked as an auditor and a tax consultant with Arthur Anderson, as Vice President of the Beechwood Company which is the family office associated with Federated Investors, and has consulted in various privatization efforts for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He founded the influential economic think tank, the Allegheny Institute, and has lectured extensively at universities, businesses and civic groups. Jerry has been a member of three investment committees, among which is Benchmark Financial, Pittsburgh’s largest financial services firm. Jerry had been a regular commentator on Fox Business News and Fox News. He was formerly a CNBC Contributor, has guest-hosted “The Kudlow Report”, and has written for CNBC.com, National Review Online, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as many other publications. He is the author of The Bush Boom and more recently The Free Market Capitalist’s Survival Guide, published by HarperCollins. Jerry is the President of Bowyer Research. Jerry consulted extensively with the Bush White House on matters pertaining to the recent economic crisis. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, The International Herald Tribune and various local newspapers. He has been a contributing editor of National Review Online, The New York Sun and Townhall Magazine. Jerry has hosted daily radio and TV programs and was one of the founding members of WQED’s On-Q Friday Roundtable. He has guest-hosted the Bill Bennett radio program as well as radio programs in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. Jerry is the former host of WorldView, a nationally syndicated Sunday-morning political talk show created on the model of Meet The Press. On WorldView, Jerry interviewed distinguished guests including the Vice President, Treasury Secretary, HUD Secretary, former Secretary of Sate Condoleezza Rice, former Presidential Advisor Carl Rove, former Attorney General Edwin Meese and publisher Steve Forbes. Jerry has taught social ethics at Ottawa Theological Hall, public policy at Saint Vincent’s College, and guest lectured at Carnegie Mellon’s graduate Heinz School of Public Policy. In 1997 Jerry gave the commencement address at his alma mater, Robert Morris University. He was the youngest speaker in the history of the school, and the school received more requests for transcripts of Jerry’s speech than at any other time in its 120-year history. Jerry lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Susan, and the youngest three of their seven children.

Posts By Jerry Bowyer

August 5, 2020 |

Twitter’s Partial Impartiality

With contributions by Charles Bowyer.

When CEO Jack Dorsey testified in front of Congress in 2018, he declared: “ does not use political ideology to make any decisions. … We believe strongly in being impartial, and we strive to … Read More

August 5, 2020 |

Should Smart Investors Be Overweighted To NY Apartments?

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article titled Escape From New York City (April 21, 2020). It tells the story of several couples who left the city seemingly for good. This article was written before the recent disruptions.

Speaking about one … Read More

July 29, 2020 |

How Conservatives Can Combat ‘Woke’ Shareholders

With contributions by Charles Bowyer. Published May 27th, 2020.

In the battle over woke capitalism, conservatives have largely been MIA. Ideologues on the left, although relatively small in number, have not, and the results are there for all to see. … Read More

July 29, 2020 |

When Do Emerging Markets Tend To Outperform Developed Markets?

We previously established that emerging markets (EM) tend to outperform developed markets (DM) a majority of the time. When does EM outperform DM? Is there a pattern to this over time?

The chart below shows the correlation between level of … Read More

July 20, 2020 |

Should Smart Investors Be Overweighted To NY Office Buildings?

Large coastal cities with high population density are under tremendous pressure from recent crises. In fact, they were already under significant pressure due to changes in the tax code, which took effect in 2016 and significantly reduced the tax deductibility … Read More

July 20, 2020 |

Do Emerging Markets Beat Developed Markets?

Countries with stock markets are classified at frontier, emerging (EM), and developed (DM), in order from least wealthy and developed to most.  Of course, a natural question would be “Which markets tend to perform better?”

Let’s look at the … Read More

July 13, 2020 |

Of COVID-19 And Witch Burning

René Girard said that we didn’t stop burning witches because we discovered modern science, we discovered modern science because we stopped burning witches.

The idea is that the Bible, Hebrew ideas about victims mediated via the Christianization of the West … Read More

July 13, 2020 |

Systemic Racism Is Real, But Not What You’ve Been Told

Let’s talk a little bit about ‘systemic racism’. That’s a rally phrase for the left and a wretch phrase for the right, probably because of the way the left shoved it down the throats of the country.

But let’s … Read More

July 7, 2020 |

The Fed Bails Out The Government, But Who Could Bail Out The Fed?

The government has responded to the recent crisis through a massive spending program. What’s pictured below is additional spending above and beyond the already historically high rates. The problem is that in a deep recession, tax revenues fall, so rapidly … Read More

July 7, 2020 |

Are We Creating The Next Crisis With What We’re Doing To Get Through This Crisis?

Fighting a Panic and Shutdown With a Flood of New Money

We are currently in the midst of an economic crisis, and when the U.S. goes through a crisis, it tends to deal with it by creating new money. The … Read More

July 1, 2020 |

How High Leverage Makes Real Estate More Vulnerable

With contributions by Charles Bowyer.

Given the recent crisis in financial markets, investors should be asking themselves how well their portfolios are able to withstand market shocks. We want to take a look at real estate, to illustrate the potential … Read More

July 1, 2020 |

Does Real Estate Offer Yield In A Low-Yield Environment?

With contributions by Charles Bowyer.

I believe that REITs share some characteristics with traditional fixed income, in the form of bonds, in that their cash flow comes from leases, which are akin to fixed income. And according to a … Read More

June 25, 2020 |

Big Crowd Events Are Economic Small Ball

In the midst of the current crisis we are having a national conversation about how to balance health concerns with economic concerns, and as of this point in many states large gatherings such as sporting events, concerts and movies … Read More

June 25, 2020 |

Visualizing The Near-Zero Bond Yield Problem

With contributions by Charles Bowyer.

In response to the recent record-setting market volatility, the Federal Reserve has responded with ramped up monetary stimulus, including cutting the Fed Funds rate, and as of this writing, beginning an “unlimited” quantitative easing … Read More

June 17, 2020 |

David French vs. Woke Capitalism

With contributions by Charles Bowyer.

We recently sat down for an interview with David French, senior editor at the Dispatch and former writer for the National Review. Our conversation was wide-ranging, covering everything from the mechanics of corporate engagement … Read More

June 17, 2020 |

What Jesus Said About ‘Mask Wearers’

The folks at Red State had a fascinating story about a CNN Reporter who mask-shamed the White House who then ripped off her own mask when she thought the cameras were off:

“It’s almost like all these reporters wearing masks while … Read More

June 11, 2020 |

New GDP Numbers: Maybe Media Underestimated U.S. Resilience

The new GDP numbers (which cover the first quarter of the year) show an annualized change of a bit less than negative 5%. That means that during the first quarter of this year, we produced about 95% as much … Read More

June 5, 2020 |

Video Shows Which Country’s Markets Did Best, Worst During Q1 Crisis

The video above shows cumulative total return during Q1 2020. Total return refers to all of the gains and losses associated with investing in a particular country’s stock market (using MSCI’s country level indices), including increases/decreases in stock prices, … Read More

May 29, 2020 |

Oil Price Shocks And Catastrophic Financial Losses

Recently we saw oil prices reach historic lows and in a certain technical case, the option to buy oil in the short run even showed a negative price. Historically, how have severe price declines in oil correlated (a measure … Read More

May 29, 2020 |

N.T. Wright (So Far) For Everyone

I recently had a conversation with N.T. Wright, which you can listen to here.

It lasted roughly one hour. The book is The New Testament in Its World. The authors are N.T. Wright and Michael F Bird. N.T. Wright probably needs no … Read More

May 18, 2020 |

Contagious Holiness: The Jesus Model For Engagement In The Marketplace

I only read Dr. Craig Blomberg’s book Contagious Holiness in the past year, but it has been shaping my thinking for well over a decade. That’s because I first saw the title when the book was published almost 15 years ago.

You … Read More

May 18, 2020 |

Faith-Based Investing, A Comprehensive Overview

Below, please find a lightly edited transcript of the presentation above.

Hi, this is Jerry Bowyer and we’re talking today about the question, “What is faith based investing?” This is an overview of the topic of faith based investing. … Read More

May 5, 2020 |

The Threat That Got Pilate To Kill Jesus

Second of a three-part series. Read the first part here.

Let’s look at the crucifixion, through these eyes. The Gospels clearly teach that Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judea who presided over the trial of Jesus, made several attempts to … Read More

May 5, 2020 |

Is It Wrong To Talk About The Financial Causes Of The Crucifixion?

First of a three-part series.

Why was Christ crucified? The Christian conversation about that has tended to default to the theological intent of the atonement. In other words, Christ was crucified to save us from our sins, to take our … Read More

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