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Affluent Christian Investor | October 21, 2019

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March 17, 2015 |

Gold and Silver Price Predictions

We’re still at the start of a new year. The question on everyone’s mind is whither the prices of gold and silver? This Brief presents our answer (and the full Monetary Metals Outlook 2015 report gives our reasoning).

One approach … Read More

March 16, 2015 |

The Dollar is Debt, Not Money

I wrote what I thought was a fairly simple article for Forbes recently. I noticed that some people really got it, and they were very excited. However, others were skeptical or asking questions that went into the weeds. The former … Read More

March 13, 2015 |

From Middle Earth to Renewed Earth

Perhaps J. R. R. Tolkien’s most salient contribution to theology is the doctrine he called the principle of “sub-creation.”  By it, he meant that we make according to the principle by which we are made.  That is, like all things … Read More

March 11, 2015 |

How Digital Gold Will Make You Anti-Fragile

Banking is the business of borrowing from the public on demand, and lending those demand deposits to the public at term.

“On demand” means payable immediately.  “At term” means not payable until some point in the future.

Therefore banking is … Read More

March 10, 2015 |

Netanyahu Challenges the World to Take the Israel Test

I spent the day listening to Benjamin Netanyahu and George Gilder — Netanyahu in his brilliant speech before Congress and Gilder in his equally brilliant The Israel Test.

Here’s the takeaway:

If the poor of Palestine set aside their compulsive … Read More

March 2, 2015 |

Yellen’s Testimony Suggests Rates Will Rise This Year

In her recent testimony to the Senate and House, Janet Yellen ruled out an interest rate increase in the immediate future. However, she hinted that a rate increase would occur this year. This was largely in line with the thinking … Read More

February 11, 2015 |

Christians in Myanmar: Give Back Our Land

“This IS our family land.” L.N., an energetic pastor and a community activist, expressed his mind through his thick-accented English. With a wave of his hand, he directed our eyes to nearly 20+ acres of open land featuring mature trees, … Read More

February 10, 2015 |

For Some, Ebola a Most Profitable Venture

In the Andy Hardy movies Mickey Rooney’s idea for raising money was always “Hey, gang! Let’s put on a show!” Nowadays it seems you put on an epidemic.

That’s not saying West Africa planned to have an Ebola outbreak. But … Read More

January 30, 2015 |

The Swiss Franc Will Collapse

I have worked to keep this piece readable, and as brief as possible. My grave diagnosis demands the evidence and reasoning to support it. One cannot explain the collapse of this currency with the conventional view. “They will print money … Read More

January 30, 2015 |

Government Should Thank Apple

Just a few years ago, Tim Cook and other Apple executives were dragged into Congress to explain why they were minimizing taxes. Huh? Isn’t that what all companies should do? Apple wasn’t doing anything illegal. It was legally dodging corporate … Read More

January 28, 2015 |

Central Bank Follies

 

On January 15, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) sent shockwaves through world financial markets when it abruptly abandoned the “peg” under which it has kept the exchange rate between the Swiss franc and the euro at 1.20 SWF/EUR since … Read More

January 27, 2015 |

Lower Energy Prices Could Be Inflationary

I read a short article Friday morning about when the Federal Reserve might increase interest rates. One money manager interviewed argued that the drop in oil prices means that the Fed will raise rates later than initially thought. This argument is … Read More

January 23, 2015 |

Norway: Proof Socialism Works?

The Nordic “socialist” countries have received an unusual amount of attention in international news lately. While Sweden, Denmark, and Finland have received attention for a political crisis, a formal claim on the North Pole, and a complicated relationship with NATO respectively, Norway has … Read More

January 22, 2015 |

How Japan Beat the U.S. By Imitating It

The Ford Motor Company’s Highland Park Plant is today’s Model. Early Ford engineers and production managers’ relentless pursuit of productivity improvements and efficiencies through the development and implementation of flow significantly dropped prices while also driving up wages and … Read More

January 16, 2015 |

Too Big to Succeed: Why America Should Swap Smarts for Scale

Take a standard in industry for over 50 years and chuck it. British economists George Maxcy and Aubrey Silberston in 1959 developed and published a cost curve which describes the relationship between the total cost per unit and annual production … Read More

January 14, 2015 |

Would You Quit Your Job?

“Take this job and shove it. I ain’t working here no more.” These are the lyrics of an old country song sung by Johnny Paycheck. That was his stage name. Maybe he should have called himself Johnny No-Paycheck. After … Read More

December 26, 2014 |

No Christmas for Hong Kong‘s Umbrella Revolution

The “Occupy Central” protests in Hong Kong, also called the Umbrella Revolution (Chinese: 雨傘革命), are a civil disobedience campaign for universal suffrage and to democratize the nominating process of political candidates.  On 28 September, protesters blocked both of the east–west … Read More

December 22, 2014 |

Once Again, the Fed Drives Stocks Higher

What a difference a week makes. Friday before last, gloom and doom ruled the markets. The S&P 500 had plunged 3.5% in just one week. Investors were dumping stocks apparently because they had somehow become convinced that low oil prices … Read More

December 12, 2014 |

Is God a Libertarian?
Ancient Israel Was A Nation Without a Congress

The only branch of modern or ancient government that God included in Israel was the court system. The courts of ancient Israel settled disputes between citizens. Families and tribes enforced the decisions of the judges. The lower courts judged … Read More

December 8, 2014 |

Establishment Survey Stronger Than Household Survey

Friday’s Employment Situation report, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, gave the market a lift in the morning; but stocks gave back some of the gains by the end of the trading day. The headlines, which the media focused … Read More

December 4, 2014 |

Move Over Jack Ma, Hu Was on First

It was the American playwright, Eugene O’Neil, who wrote: “There is no present or future – only the past, happening over and over again – now.” Coincidentally, the biography of Hu Shiue Yan (胡雪/胡雪), a Chinese business tycoon, also conveyed … Read More

November 26, 2014 |

Is God a Libertarian?
How the Bible Established a Country Without an Executive Branch

Many Christian writers on economics claim that the Bible endorses neither capitalism nor socialism. They cut off the heads of both systems and install their own, often referred to as a “third way,” in which they scavenge through the … Read More

November 24, 2014 |

Once Again Stocks Rally in Response to Central Banks

I woke up Friday morning to news that stock futures were way up. I didn’t know why, but I was willing to bet it had nothing to do with President Obama’s speech on immigration. Sure enough, it turns out that once … Read More

November 19, 2014 |

Recession in Japan; QE in Europe

Futures in the U.S. markets were way down earlier this week when it was learned that Japan was in a tax-induced economic recession. Thanks to a new consumption tax, GDP fell 1.6% during the third quarter. Why this comes as … Read More

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