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Affluent Christian Investor | November 16, 2018

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November 12, 2018 |

Will Democrats Take Back The White House In 2020?

No clear narrative has emerged from last week’s mid-term election. Early in the night it appeared that we were in for re-do of 2016; a surge of support for Trump/the GOP totally missed by polling.* The early returns from Florida … Read More

November 12, 2018 |

Why The Latest Global Warming Report Is Politics, Not Science

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) has issued further dire warnings about the impact of man-made global warming.

The IPCC maintains that “Human activities are estimated to have caused approximately 1.0°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels… Global warming … Read More

November 12, 2018 |

Massive EU & Canada Medical Tourism To The US, But How Many Of Us Go There?

I was in a hotel in Houston recently and ran into several families from the UK who had a family member receiving medical treatment for cancer at the MD Anderson Cancer Center there. I have read many stories of … Read More

November 12, 2018 |

To Truly Make America Great Again, Start By Watching The Film ‘Monumental’

How can Christian Americans contribute to make America great, even monumental, again?

Have you seen the 2012 documentary Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure describing the story of our nation’s foundation? I hadn’t heard of it until I attended the 2018 … Read More

November 12, 2018 |

How Bolsonaro Effect Saved Brazil’s Plunging Markets

Last quarter, the investible (meaning the emerging market category and above, with highly liquid markets with readily investible publicly traded stock market indices) world’s highest returning countries were:

  1. Poland
  2. Thailand
  3. Mexico
  4. Sweden
  5. Norway
  6. Switzerland
  7. Israel
  8. United States

The … Read More

November 12, 2018 |

Why The Market Crash Is Just Beginning

Wall Street’s playbook stipulates that every down tick in the market is just another buying opportunity. While that is most often true, peak margins, a slowing global economy and the bond bubble collapse makes this time more like 2008 than … Read More

October 30, 2018 |

Why Democrats Shouldn’t Throw Stones About Anti-Semitism

The media has chosen to not make the rising tide of anti-Semitism an issue in the 2018 Midterm elections. But ignoring the problem does not mean it doesn’t exist. At home and abroad, in politics and on the internet, the … Read More

October 30, 2018 |

“Racist” And The “End of Democracy”? How Media Got Brazil’s Election Completely Wrong

Throughout Brazil, millions of people danced in the streets Sunday night. They were celebrating the election of their new president, Jair Bolsonaro. He is a conservative who has managed to break the hold the socialist (essentially communist) “Workers Party” (PT) … Read More

October 30, 2018 |

Poland Drops Holocaust Collaboration Denial Bill And Goes Back To Being World’s Best Performer

The map at the top of this article represents total return of various stock market indices around the world. It includes both capital gains/losses in each of the countries represented as well as dividend income and currency gains/losses. Since … Read More

October 25, 2018 |

‘Medicare For All’ Means Less Medicare For The Seniors Who Funded It

In a recent USATODAY editorial, President Trump criticized a move by some Democrats promising “Medicare for All,” essentially a nationalized health care system that would have the effect of transferring funds owed to senior citizens to those more likely to vote for … Read More

October 25, 2018 |

China Seeks Framework For November Deal With Trump

Ahead of a possible meeting next month between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, the White House tempered any optimism that a trade truce with Beijing is imminent when top economic advisor Larry Kudlow accused China … Read More

October 25, 2018 |

With His Paranoid Attack On China, Mike Pence Attacked U.S. Prosperity

U.S. equities took a bit of a hit at the end of last week. And while it’s always a fool’s errand to presume to know what brought on a reversal in the world’s deepest markets, it’s worth considering the … Read More

October 25, 2018 |

The True Foundation Of America Is Individualism, Not Democracy

Defining individualism within the United States gives us an understanding of both our individual purpose and the purpose of our Compactial-Republican form of government.  Both John Locke and Charles de Montesquieu, two of America’s most influential Enlightenment philosophers, articulate this … Read More

October 25, 2018 |

Trump Ethanol Subsidy Hike Designed To Buy Back Voters Hurt By His Tariff Hikes

Obviously, the food stamp program was designed to help the poor right? Wrong. It was initiated during the Great Depression to raise crop prices. And who suffers the most from higher food prices? Right, the poor. But that was way … Read More

October 25, 2018 |

FLAG vs. FAANG In The Recent Market Sell-Off

For the past five years, the US domestic bull market has been led by growth stocks, and growth has been led by FAANG. Furthermore, during the 3rd quarter, The AA in FAANG (Apple and ) led FAANG. This means that the … Read More

October 17, 2018 |

Time To Rebuild The Lord’s House Financially

Have you ever been in this place before? You’re working hard to provide for your family and you think you’re doing all of the right things. You have a budget. You save. You have a good income and yet you’re … Read More

October 16, 2018 |

Kavanaugh’s Not The Left’s Enemy, The Left Is Its Own Enemy

A recent conversation with a left-leaning relative yielded the concern that Justice Kavanaugh would do great harm to gay and women’s rights.   I pondered his concern for a few days and concluded that the enemy of the left is … Read More

October 16, 2018 |

Jesus vs. The Moneychangers: Was He Anti-Finance Or Anti-Religious-Rip-Offs?

The confrontation with the moneychangers has been used to enlist Jesus into an ideological war against finance. There are many examples, but probably the best known of them is FDR’s inaugural address in which he extensively referenced this text.

“Practices … Read More

October 16, 2018 |

How Trump Tax Cuts Help Seniors Hurt By Obamacare

The announcement scheduled for later this month that seniors can expect about a 2.8% cost of living (COLA) increase in their social security (following 2018 2% increase) is another indication that the Obama era practice of diverting funds meant … Read More

October 16, 2018 |

The Heart Of American Exceptionalism Is Christian Love

Charity[1] rests at the heart of American Exceptionalism, just as liberty does.  However, giving from the heart creates multiple benefits that are the source of much of the Godly light which emanates from the United States.  “So two good things happen … Read More

October 16, 2018 |

Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid Of Options And Futures

Buy-and-hold is the standard investment advice for rookies. They tell young people to grit their teeth through bear markets like those of 2001 and 2008 where some investors lost half their savings. They say you will eventually make back your … Read More

September 24, 2018 |

The Benedict Option Is Not An Option

Have you ever heard a Christian say that we shouldn’t waste our time trying to improve the world, that it is Satan’s’ territory and things are just going to pot (hmmm…they might be right on this point) and anyway we … Read More

September 18, 2018 |

Jesus Was A Highly Skilled Entrepreneur, Not A Poor Peasant

It’s common for sermons and some academic theological writings to portray Jesus as a poor man who led an attempted peasant revolt. The problem is that neither historical texts nor archaeological records are consistent with this picture.

David Fiensy … Read More

September 18, 2018 |

Who Can We Blame For The Great Recession?

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the “Great Recession” and the media are trying to determine if we have learned anything from it. The Queen visited the London School of Economics after the “Great Recession” to ask her chief … Read More

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