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Affluent Christian Investor | May 30, 2020

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October 9, 2015 |

Obamacare Initiative Could Be Funneling Patients to Lower Quality Hospitals

The main way the architects of Obamacare hoped to reduce health care spending was to encourage doctors and hospitals to work together to keep patients healthy.

Those elements of the Affordable Care Act—known as value-based payments—have sparked or sped up … Read More

October 8, 2015 |

Trump, Hillary, and Jeb: Front Runners Odds Are Falling

The political betting markets have changed substantially in the past two weeks. The dominance of Jeb Bush and Donald Trump in the Republican nomination category is gone, and Hillary’s hold on the Democratic nomination is getting weaker all the time.

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October 7, 2015 |

The Cotton Candy Market

As I have discussed previously, if you borrow cash then it’s not income. This is why no one in his right mind borrows to buy consumer goods. Those who try cannot sustain it for long.

What if someone else borrows? … Read More

October 7, 2015 |

Purpose Tears

Last week, we continued our purpose profile series with a lesson from the purposeful life of Nehemiah. The first point we made last week was

  1. You don’t know your purpose because you don’t ask enough questions – and keep … Read More
October 7, 2015 |

GM: Chevy Volts Are People Too… Soon

I always thought it was Skynet that was going to run the Apocalypse. Or perhaps an Atari computer system named Joshua that just wanted to play chess with its floppy disks.

Or maybe Skynet was just a beginning.

Because it … Read More

October 7, 2015 |

Currency Wars Round Three

I finally got around to reading James Rickards’ 2011 book Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis and really enjoyed most of it.

The best parts are the history of the currency wars, Currency War I (1921-1936), Currency … Read More

October 6, 2015 |

Have Conservatives Misunderstood Pope Francis’ Economics?

Last time we looked at The Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation we focused on the 210 pages that had to do with the joy of evangelism. But the American press focused instead solely on the seven pages that had to do with … Read More

October 6, 2015 |

What’s an MBA From Harvard Really Worth?

In the 1980s it was fashionable for those who could afford the tuition to send their offspring to Harvard Business School to get an MBA. Students from around the world lined up for the prestigious program, ready to take on … Read More

October 5, 2015 |

Silver Price Spikes, But What Demand

For a few frenzied minutes, while everyone was sleeping, the price of silver spiked 56 cents. Well, at least the West Coast of America was sleeping. It began at 8:30 in New York, where presumably most traders were not sleeping. … Read More

September 30, 2015 |

The Most Important Politician of the 20th Century Who Wasn’t a President

It may have taken six and a half years after his passing, but there is finally a book decidedly about Jack Kemp. Released in bookstores and online yesterday, Jack Kemp: The Bleeding-Heart Conservative Who Changed America by Mort Kondracke and Fred Barnes, … Read More

September 29, 2015 |

Prediction: Gold and Ratio Up, Stocks Down

The price of gold moved up moderately, and the price of silver moved down a few cents last week. However, there were some interesting fireworks in the middle of last week. Last Tuesday, the prices dropped and last Thursday, … Read More

September 29, 2015 |

Quality Questions

This week we continue our purpose profiles as we look at the life of Nehemiah. There are some exciting and helpful purpose lessons ahead in the next few weeks as we study this man’s life.  (You may wish to read … Read More

September 29, 2015 |

Surprise! Health Insurance Mega-Mergers Are Actually Signs of Improvement in Broken U.S. Health Care System

Over the past 60 years in the United States, health insurance gradually stopped being about insurance and health care gradually stopped being about health.

But recent changes are begging to reverse those damaging trends—especially the rising prevalence of private … Read More

September 28, 2015 |

Jebnomics is Big Gov Buried Under a Thousand Points of Light

I interrupt the reality TV shows that are the Republican GOP Presidential Race and, on alternate days, the Barack Obama Show or Hillary’s Hilarious Magical Mystery Tour, for this public service announcement: Buried under the Jeb Bush rhetoric is … Read More

September 28, 2015 |

Academic Financial Models Ignore Human Subjectivity

Discounted cash flow (DCF) is the adjustable wrench of modern financial mechanics. Essentially, the analyst forecasts the revenue and costs for several years out and applies an appropriate discount, or interest rate, to calculate what those future dollars are … Read More

September 28, 2015 |

Efficient Malpractice

Take the notion of the efficient market. What does that mean? Today, hordes of people are coming out of economics and finance majors believing an absurdity. Yes, I said absurdity. They think that, if the market is efficient, it’s impossible … Read More

September 28, 2015 |

Prepare for QE Calls… Again

Markit came out with manufacturing numbers last week that sounded loud warnings to Wall Streeters that Yellen and Company may have their headquarters where their hindquarters ought to be in much the same way that Benanke and Company had.

So … Read More

September 25, 2015 |

How to Solve the Problem of Taxation in Less Than an Hour

Promises. Promises.

The new Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, is boasting that business confidence is up merely because he’s talking positive. It’s a “Don’t worry folks. I’m here now. My government will make us all wealthy.”

In order to understand … Read More

September 25, 2015 |

The Dog That Did Not Bark

In the famous Sherlock Holmes Story, the detective identified the perpetrator from the fact that a dog didn’t bark. The dog didn’t bark because it knew the perpetrator. This story makes a good analogy to what happened on Thursday, Sep … Read More

September 24, 2015 |

May We Have a Shutdown, Please?

There is a raft of stories coming from the media now in anticipation of a government shutdown. Most have the same basic theme: A shutdown of the government would affect the economy at a time that it can’t afford any … Read More

September 24, 2015 |

Odds Monitor Shows Walker Support Goes to Rubio and Carly

Scott Walker, a candidate who was widely considered a frontrunner for the Republican nomination before the campaign began, dropped out of the race Sunday night. He had been declining in both opinion polls and political betting odds for some time. … Read More

September 24, 2015 |

Christian Economic Forum is Not Yet Another TED-lite Self-Help Hype-Fest

When the invitation to attend the Christian Economic Forum (CEF) flashed across my computer screen, I was conflicted. How many TED-like business symposiums had I attended in the last three years? What if it is just a repeat experience of … Read More

September 24, 2015 |

“Call To Action” For Practical Wellness In The Business World

Are you one of the many workers in the business world that gives 100% to your job, your family and your friends, but has very little left to give yourself in the form of taking care of your own health?

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September 23, 2015 |

Fed Has Zero Interest in Zero Unemployment

This was the year that, finally, mercifully, monetary policy was supposed to normalize. At least that’s what Janet Yellen was telegraphing to the markets at the beginning of the year. The speculation back then was the economy was so healthy, … Read More

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