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Affluent Christian Investor | June 20, 2021

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June 4, 2021 |

Peter Thiel On Theology

The New Yorker says Peter Thiel “might be the most successful technology investor in the world.” I’m not sure Thiel himself would say that, insofar as it’s premised on comparison to others. If the job of investing is to do something unique, … Read More

June 4, 2021 |

Biden’s June Report Card

For students, June is report card month, a time when their accomplishments (or lack thereof) are noted and relayed to parents. The young find out whether they will advance to the next grade, or be subjected to that most … Read More

June 4, 2021 |

Shareholder Value Is Not Wealth Creation

While shareholder value is certainly important and a concern, it is not wealth creation; it is capital direction or distribution. Also, capital distribution, the free choices of movement, exchange, and transactions, is significantly different than re-distribution.

Distribution is moral and free; free exchanges between … Read More

May 27, 2021 |

A Shareholder Asks Some Inconvenient Questions

In addition to being a financial journalist, I work in money management, where I help design and manage funds that invest in stocks and bonds. My focus has always been on choosing securities based on investment quality, not on … 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 27, 2021 |

The Bane Of The Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve was evaluated through a study completed in 2010, which illustrates that the economy has not been stable under the Federal Reserve since the pre-Fed era (prior to 1915). Economists George Selgin, William Lastrapes, and Lawrence White explain:

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May 27, 2021 |

Progressives’ ‘Peaceful’ Putsch

In the nightmares of our collective political imagining, our freedom is lost to jackbooted men strutting down any town’s Main Street. It’s not happening that way, but the danger is just as real.

The more subtle tactics of dishonesty, propaganda, … Read More

May 27, 2021 |

Peak Growth And Inflation

The rates of growth and inflation are now surging in the U.S., but that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. What else would you expect when the Federal government has sent $6 trillion dollars in helicopter money to state … Read More

May 5, 2021 |

Big Tech, You’re Running Out Of Friends

Senator Marco Rubio is sending a warning to , and the company would be foolish to ignore it. In the pages of USA Today, Senator Rubio sided with workers attempting to unionize in Bessemer, Ala. “When the conflict is between working … Read More

May 5, 2021 |

Rising Military Threats, Falling U.S. Military Assets

Some in the U.S. seek to cut America’s defense budget, even as Russian tanks mass on Ukraine’s border and China assembles a potential invasion force aimed at Taiwan.

Despite the ominous threats from Beijing and Moscow, some are seeking … 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

May 5, 2021 |

The Economics Of Harding And Coolidge

Vice Presidential candidate Calvin Coolidge acknowledged during the 1920 campaign trail that, “The country was already feeling acutely the results of deflation. Business was depressed. […] Wages had been paid that were not earned. The whole country, from the national … Read More

May 5, 2021 |

Inflation Week!

Inflation data updates (like shark TV programming) come in weekly spurts. Recently (April 9), we received the updated data for the Producer Prices Index, which tracks inflation for the cost of inputs for businesses. Then last Tuesday, April 13, we … 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 29, 2021 |

Baseball’s Self-Destruction, And Ours

“America’s Pastime” has lost its way, and forgotten the vital role it has played in the life of the nation.

During times of great upheaval, the sport has been a means that brought together those of different ideologies, faiths, … Read More

April 29, 2021 |

Why The Economic Situation In 1920 Was Grim

“The economic situation in 1920 was grim. By that year unemployment had jumped from 4 percent to nearly 12 percent, and GNP declined 17 percent.”[1] Federal income tax rates were massively and oppressively increased from a maximum rate of 15 percent … Read More

April 29, 2021 |

Start Worrying: The Case Against The Case Against Inflation

Ramesh Ponnuru and David Beckworth recently took to the New York Times op/ed page to clip the wings of inflation hawks. I certainly have no problem with ruffling the feathers of the perma-hawks — I’ve spent much of the past two decades … Read More

April 29, 2021 |

Quibbling Over The Quarantine Quandary

Talking with people it has become apparent that most really don’t know much about quarantine laws and their history.  Many people seem to take it for granted that the healthy being quarantined during Covid-time is a perfectly natural response.  … Read More

April 22, 2021 |

Rejection Of Christianity Leads To Peculiar Ethical Choices

The avoidance of western moral standards has led to peculiar ethical choices.

Much of this is seen through the prism of progressive politics and “woke” concepts that have, as its guiding principle, a rejection of values seen as emblematic of … Read More

April 22, 2021 |

The Forgotten Depression

 

Of course everyone is aware of the Great Depression of 1920 – no wait, virtually no one knows of it. Why would virtually no American know about the worst recession of the 20th century? The answer is certainly speculation. … Read More

April 22, 2021 |

Not-So-Great Expectations: Why Treasuries Don’t Tell The Whole Inflation Story

Ramesh Ponnuru recently took up the case against inflation… well, more like the case against predictions of inflation. If I’m reading him correctly, he is making the case for policies in pursuit of higher inflation. To his credit, he does not … 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 16, 2021 |

How Americans Resisted Tyranny And Won

Very few Americans will recall that last month commemorated the 246th anniversary of the start of the American Revolution, an event that transformed not just one nation but an entire world’s concept of personal rights.

The British had been moving steadily … Read More

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