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Affluent Christian Investor | May 30, 2020

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August 27, 2015 |

Managers Who Know the Numbers, But Not the Product, Don’t Know Anything

So things aren’t working out so well for vaunted 3G Capital – the darling of the investment world who bought Budweiser, Heinz, Burger King and more and went through them with loads of largely insignificant cost reduction edicts. Demanding that … Read More

August 26, 2015 |

Data Says Rumors of Hillary’s Death Somewhat Exaggerated

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has been experiencing what many political analysts are describing as an “implosion” over the past several weeks. The combination of her inability to defend herself over the email scandal, and Bernie Sanders’ becoming a serious candidate, … Read More

August 26, 2015 |

How to Cope When You Don’t Have Customers

“We are given no signs from God; no prophets are left, and none of us knows how long this will be”

– Psalm 74:9.

One time I was in a tough place financially, and the phone rang for … Read More

August 26, 2015 |

From the Sinai Desert to the New World

Well above all civilizations, the ancient Hebrews were the structure and law followed by American Founding generation. A significant study of other civilizations, like the Greeks, Romans, and others, were evaluated by Enlightenment writer Charles Montesquieu, but the most perfect … Read More

August 25, 2015 |

Training the Chinese Dragon in Economics

The story of China’s great leap forward to slightly freer markets is well known. Around 30 million people starved to death in the 1960s and the West fed the Chinese in the 1970s. Deng Xiaoping took over after Mao died … Read More

August 25, 2015 |

It’s Not Just About You: Team/Body Thinking

“Lord, the Lord Almighty, may those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me; God of Israel, may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me”

– Psalm 69:6.

The psalmist was … Read More

August 24, 2015 |

Donald Trump Should Apologize to China, and Turn His Wrath On the Fed

On Tuesday, August 11, China began devaluing its currency unit, the yuan, against the U.S. dollar.  Later that day, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump denounced China, saying:

“I think you have to do something to rein in China. They devalued … Read More

August 24, 2015 |

Don’t Cloister Yourself

“I am in the midst of lions; I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts— men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords”

– Psalm 57:4.

Many of the psalms express the psalmists’ struggles … Read More

August 24, 2015 |

Russia, China, Iran, and the Dollar as Reserve Currency – Part Two

Last week China shocked traders with a surprise devaluation of the Yuan, sparking fears of a currency war. Many had believed that September would begin a move to make the Chinese Yuan the primary reserve currency for the world, displacing … Read More

August 21, 2015 |

Why Is Gold Becoming Scarcer

For quite a while, we have been talking about scarcity in gold. The cobasis for both October and December is positive. These contracts are backwardated. The cobasis for the February 2016 contract is not far from backwardation. The gold … Read More

August 21, 2015 |

Journaling to Prevent Forgetting Life Lessons

“You hate my instruction and cast my words behind you”

– Psalm 50:17.

The rebuke in today’s verse was aimed at people who lived by and studied God’s word. Yet God laid the charge against them that they … Read More

August 20, 2015 |

The Forging of the Colonial Pulpits

Duke University historian, Alice Baldwin, in her extensive 1928 study of the Colonial pulpit states unreservedly, “No one can fully understand the American Revolution and the American constitutional system without a realization of the long history and religious associations which … Read More

August 20, 2015 |

How History’s Greatest Leader Dealt With Storms

“The voice of the Lord is over the waters;the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks … Read More

August 19, 2015 |

Data is Clear: Trump Helps Jeb and Hillary

It has now been two weeks since the first Republican Presidential debate, and opinion polls are now being released. The changes in the past two weeks have been predictable: Donald Trump rises, Jeb Bush falls, and previously-unknowns such as John … Read More

August 19, 2015 |

Retired Greenspan – Talks Like An Austrian Economist

The government reported recently that productivity in the US rose 1.3% from the last quarter, but that was little comfort to the Maestro, Alan Greenspan, who is worried about the collapse in productivity. Investors should be worried as well. … Read More

August 19, 2015 |

King David on Guidance

“Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me”

– Psalm 31:3.

David was in trouble (again) and cried out to the Lord in one long prayer contained in … Read More

August 18, 2015 |

Clinton, Obama, Sanders’ Plans to Pump Up the College Bubble

In a speech in Buffalo, President Obama declared his intention to bring down rising college tuition costs. Hillary Clinton has mimicked that meme often of late. So has socialist Bernie Sanders.

Their speeches makes plain three things:  (1) They think … Read More

August 18, 2015 |

Look for Your Answers at the Coal Face Not the Back Office

Every now and then I come across something that causes me to stop and think, “Wow!  This sure brought things into focus.”  The Costs of Accountability – an article in The American Interest by an academic by the name … Read More

August 18, 2015 |

The American Colonial Clergy: We Must Be a Christian State

Thirty-four years prior to the American Revolution, Massachusetts Pastor Nathaniel Appleton, in 1742, would orate an brilliant description of exactly what the American civil government was – whether pre-Revolution or post-revolution – as he and so many other Colonial clergy … Read More

August 18, 2015 |

Wealth and the Covenant

“The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them”

– Psalm 25:14.

God wants to share His ‘secrets’ with you, revealing to you who He is and what He is doing in … Read More

August 17, 2015 |

The Economy is in Liquidation Mode

If you’re an American over a certain age, you remember roller skating rinks (I have no idea if it caught on in other countries). This industry boomed in the 1970’s disco era. However, by the mid 1980’s, the fad was … Read More

August 17, 2015 |

David the Warrior King’s Source of Strength

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God”

– Psalm 20:7.

David was a warrior king, renowned for his military prowess. Yet he learned not to trust … Read More

August 14, 2015 |

King David on The Suffering Leader

“My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord, how long?”

– Psalm 6:3.

The psalmists all dealt with a common human experience, which is called suffering. Suffering is pain caused by broken relationships, misunderstandings, violence, persecutions and … Read More

August 13, 2015 |

The Futility of Managing Your Own Reputation

“For the Lord will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants”

– Psalm 135:14.

One of the most difficult aspects of life to surrender to the Lord is your reputation. When someone makes an accusation or … Read More

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