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Affluent Christian Investor | April 15, 2021

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March 12, 2021 |

$15 Minimum Wage Proves Democrats Don’t Care About The Poor

Why are Democrats such misers? Their proposal for an increase of the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour proves that the party doesn’t care about the poor. That translates to $30,000 per year before benefits, an amount a family … Read More

March 12, 2021 |

The Lessons Of Anti-Money

Setting the table

The general lay of the land out there looks something like this right now (media treatment of a conflation of topics, and maybe even a consensus view outside a remnant of thinkers) …

(1) The Fed moved to hyper … Read More

March 12, 2021 |

What The Stock Market Thinks About The Recovery

Investors have skin in the game. That means that when we are wrong and make the wrong allocations according to our error, we get punished. This does not logically imply that investors are always right. Bubbles seem to be … Read More

March 12, 2021 |

The Zero-Sum Lie

If the economy was a zero-sum game – meaning if one individual has more, it is because another individual has less – then no society in the world would have any more than the lumber, water, stones, and land … Read More

March 12, 2021 |

China’s Dangerous Influence On The News

Published reports indicated that there is renewed expert belief that COVID-19 originated in a Chinese government-run laboratory.

Whether intentional or accidentally, the pandemic was unleashed to the world through Beijing’s actions. It has been previously discussed why there have been … Read More

March 12, 2021 |

Bond Market Rocks The Richter Scale

The global sovereign bond market is fracturing, and its ramifications for asset prices cannot be overstated. Borrowing costs around this debt-disabled world are now surging. The long-awaited reality check for those that believed they could borrow and print with impunity … Read More

March 12, 2021 |

Weird Recovery, Part 2: Where Are The Profits?

We’ve seen that the recent recession and current recovery are different from anything we’ve seen in most of our lifetimes, and we’ve seen that the nature of this recession and recovery cycle has been that business did not slow down … Read More

March 4, 2021 |

Government Spending And Your Heart Rate

I think there is some “economic vocabulary” in today’s Dividend Cafe that might – might! – be a turn-off to some, but will be overcome easily if you bear with it.  And more importantly, there is a practical takeaway through … Read More

March 4, 2021 |

Tucker Carlson Ices Industrial Policy By Criticizing Wind Power

The hit movie Frozen wasn’t popular in Oklahoma and Texas during the recent arctic blast. We hit temperatures not seen since 1905, -13 degrees Fahrenheit in Tulsa the other day. Democrats, pay attention! I know it’s hard to keep … Read More

March 4, 2021 |

What This Supply Chain ‘Mood Ring’ Tells Us About The Recovery

I wrote previously about how business surveys, such as the Purchasing Manager’s Index Survey (PMI), are good at showing not just the mood of supply chain managers but also what kinds of business conditions are actually occurring. Their sentiment … Read More

March 3, 2021 |

Internet Oligarchs Attack Free Speech

The powers of elected governments are being overshadowed by internet, media, and entertainment corporate oligarchs, as well as powerful bureaucrats who reject the concept of free speech or, in America, the enforcement of the First Amendment.

Contrary to popular … Read More

March 3, 2021 |

Envy And Human Nature

There is a school of thought which suggests older societies held a close-knit culture which honored each other and contained much trust. While some were this way, however, most primitive cultures were embedded with envy. And this envy most often … Read More

March 3, 2021 |

This Data Shows How Weird This Recession Was

First, let me introduce the most important economic statistic that you’ve (probably) never heard of, Gross Output. It was invented by economist Mark Skousen and was adopted by the federal government, which now reports it quarterly. Unlike GDP, Gross … Read More

February 17, 2021 |

Another Theologian Falls For Socialism

Americans love to think of ourselves as pragmatic. “’American Pragmatism’ has a double meaning since both the school of philosophy and the average American seems more interested in getting things done and the result of action rather than abstract theories … Read More

February 17, 2021 |

GDP Bounced Back, Sort Of

GDP is the most popular general measure of economic output. It started its contraction in the first quarter of the year, rapidly accelerated its fall in the second quarter, and came roaring back in the third quarter. We don’t … Read More

February 17, 2021 |

Apathy And Envy For All

Under a collective system, everyone degrades to a lower level whether they want to or not.  Apathy, laziness, fear, and dependence become the norm, making central planning and totalitarian measures even more successful; thus the end of poverty, but the … Read More

February 17, 2021 |

The Global Stock Market Decompression

In the most recent quarter, global stock markets continued to reverse the valuation compression which occurred in the first quarter.

In the first quarter of the year, during the worst of the COVID crisis, global markets collapsed in value. What … Read More

February 17, 2021 |

Why Things Are Bad And What You Should Do About It

Have you ever thought about what makes you happy?

When asked, many people say something like, “Having my wants and desires satisfied.”

Consequently, they spend time and resources trying to satisfy them.  Ever entertaining themselves, seeking happiness in purchasing more … Read More

February 11, 2021 |

Gamestop Scandal: Who Is The Real Culprit?

Those who despise free markets concentrate their hate on the stock market, and the Gamestop soap opera served up fresh caffeine for them. For readers not addicted to financial media, the drama involved a group of individual investors communicating through … Read More

February 11, 2021 |

Who Has Economic Mobility? Everyone!

Economic mobility is very critical in the United States. This determines whether Americans prosper or not; whether or not they are able to reap the God-given talents and skills to benefit themselves and those around them. It can be … Read More

February 11, 2021 |

Biden Deletes China COVID Evidence

Shortly before the end of the Trump Administration, The U.S. State Department provided information about the deadly COVID-19’s origins in China. The Biden Administration has removed this data, for reasons undisclosed and highly questionable, particularly in light of the … Read More

February 11, 2021 |

How Companies Pay Shareholders: High Earnings Quality Companies Do More Buybacks

In our ongoing series about stock selection which has first focused on how companies pay their shareholders, we’re going to take a slightly deeper dive into buybacks.

Reminder: We are referring to situations in which a company reduces the number … Read More

February 11, 2021 |

Volatility Vs. Capital Erosion

First things first

When I wrote last week of cyclical reality that value and growth have alternated taking turns as the market’s leadership sector for over forty years, I was sharing something that I assume all investors know.  Growth has … Read More

February 11, 2021 |

When Will The Party End?

I’d like to explain why these already-stretched markets could crash by the start of the 3rd quarter. I’ve been warning over the past month, or about, that my Inflation/Deflation and Economic Cycle Model SM is forecasting a potential crash in equities around the … Read More

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