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Affluent Christian Investor | May 30, 2020

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May 29, 2020 |

China Targets Western COVID Research

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have issued a warning about China’s threat to COVID-19-related research.

The FBI is investigating the targeting and compromise of U.S. organizations conducting COVID-19-related research by China’s spies. … Read More

May 29, 2020 |

Dear Politicians, True Poverty Is A Perpetuation Of The Work Of The Past

“After hearing of the deaths in the gutters, I think about what will happen to my family if I die.” Those are the words of Jamshed Eric, as expressed to New York Times reporters Zia ur-Rehman and Maria Abi-Habib. Eric is … Read More

May 29, 2020 |

Asian Century Began In May 2020

Economic historians may date the start of the Asian century to May 2020, when most Asian economies bounced back to full employment while the West languished in coronavirus lockdown. Asia has emerged as an economic zone as closely integrated as … Read More

May 29, 2020 |

The 16th Amendment Imposed

The income tax established by the 16th Amendment imposed what resembled a flat tax – a one percent on the net income of individuals plus a surtax, ranging from one to six percent, on income above specific thresholds.  Therefore, it was … 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 |

What Do Oil Prices Tell Us About The Global Economy?

Oil prices aren’t everything in economics, but they can be a useful indicator for the broader economy. Oil is, in part, a growth commodity — one that can be used to make other commodities more valuable. Oil and its … 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 |

National Conservatism Will Lead Us To Greater Socialism

American Compass is the new “think” tank created by the National Conservative movement to persuade voters to adopt socialist economic policies. A recent article, Planning for when the market cannot, attacks the great Austrian economist F.A. Hayek and his explanation of … 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 18, 2020 |

Fed Now Owns All Markets

Since the Great Recession hit in 2008, central banks have been in the business of keeping insolvent governments from defaulting through the process of pegging borrowing costs near zero. These money printers are now in the practice of propping up … Read More

May 18, 2020 |

Who’s Decoupling From Whom?

China’s March export value rose 8.5% year on year, diverging widely from analyst forecasts which foresaw a 12% decline. Strong exports growth to Asia, and especially Southeast Asia, fed the unexpected improvement.

The March data denote a steady increase in Asian … Read More

May 18, 2020 |

If High CEO Pay Troubles You, It’s A Sign You’re A Terrible Investor

Here’s a hypothetical for readers. If you had $10,000 to invest in one company, only for your investment to turn into $300,000, what would your reaction be? The question answers itself.

Any investor yearns for a 30x return, but they’re … Read More

May 18, 2020 |

Optimism And Pessimism In Western Culture

On the page “Parallel Millennium” (started and managed by Dr Gottfried Sommer) Joseph Foreman posted a note that Communists and New Agers were as optimistic/utopian as Post-Millennial Christianity that built modern America (and modern India through pioneer missionaries … Read More

May 18, 2020 |

The COVID-19 Crucible: Pandemic As Purifier?

Sometimes in history a population suffers a major crisis that everyone must deal with. Obviously, our current pandemic and lockdown constitute such a predicament. But, when we consider how we should deal with it, or view it, the lessons … Read More

May 18, 2020 |

Evil On Jekyll Island

The construction of the Federal Reserve began as an undercover operation when Rhode Island Senator Nelson Aldrich called a secret meeting at the Jekyll Island Clubhouse on Jekyll Island, Georgia (see Photos 1 and 2).  Six men, including Nelson, Assistant … Read More

May 14, 2020 |

Are We Headed For Inflation, Deflation, Or Stagnation?

With the historic collapse of oil prices and glutted tankers sloshing around off the coast of Los Angeles, some forecasters are predicting deflation as far as they can see. They tend to believe that shocks to supplies cause inflation or … Read More

May 14, 2020 |

Debt Isn’t A Worry, Treasury’s Claim On Our Production Very Much Is

In a 2015 opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal, since deceased Harvard professor Thomas Stossel relayed to readers that “Of the 78 potential treatments for brain cancer that underwent clinical trials from 1998-2014, [only] three proved safe and effective enough … Read More

May 14, 2020 |

Simple Principles Are Better Than Complex Models

Modern mainstream economics tends to involve complex mathematical models that purport to forecast the future from past results, in close enough detail for politicians to make decisions that affect the economic well-being of an entire nation and even the … Read More

May 14, 2020 |

Negative Oil Prices: Should Investors Panic?

With the chaos and commentary surrounding oil prices, it’s important to keep in mind that the price of oil can be particularly subject to political and geopolitical events. As you can see in the image from a VisualCapitalist report[i] below, a … Read More

May 14, 2020 |

North Korea’s Cyber Threat

Washington has issued an advisory warning about North Korea’s (DPRK) ongoing cyber threat.

According to the statement,

“The DPRK’s malicious cyber activities threaten the United States and the broader international community and, in particular, pose a significant threat to … Read More

May 14, 2020 |

Money Printing Is The New Mother’s Milk Of Stocks

My friend Larry Kudlow always says that Profits are the mother’s milk of stocks. That used to be true when we had a real economy. But sadly, that is no longer factual because we now have a global equity market … Read More

May 14, 2020 |

U.S. Recovery Hopes Sink With Small Business Jobs

Wednesday’s employment report by Automatic Data Processing showed the biggest decline on record for the month of April, with smaller businesses hit the worst. Businesses with fewer than 500 employees provide almost half of all American jobs. Most affected by … Read More

May 14, 2020 |

Does God Want You Weak Or Strong?

In the Bible, not least Proverbs, humility is promoted as a virtue. Part of that humility involves recognizing the greatness of God and his authority and control over the world. We are dependent on God and should recognize this … Read More

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