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Affluent Christian Investor | November 13, 2019

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September 3, 2014 |

Reports of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

According to NATO estimates, there are at least 1,000 Russian military personnel currently operating in Ukraine. A rebel official from Luhansk has stated that there are 3,000 to 4,000 Russian soldiers “on leave” from the Russian army assisting his forces. … Read More

August 29, 2014 |

Four Things Putin Won In Ukraine

President Putin has been the central figure of the crisis in Ukraine, and the most watched figure in international politics for the last 6 months. Given his status, it would be prudent to consider exactly what he has achieved in … Read More

August 27, 2014 |

Buffett’s Hypocrisy on Taxes Comes Through Again

The Burger King/Tim Hortons merger is big news largely because it comes soon after President Obama chastised American companies for trying to perform so-called tax inversions. Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew strongly implied that tax inversions were not economically … Read More

August 11, 2014 |

The Recent Rise in Volatility Could Be Lasting

It’s been an exciting three weeks in the stock market. Prior to Friday’s rally, the major averages were down about 4% from their mid-July highs. At the same time, the S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) surged 51%. I’ve written at … Read More

August 8, 2014 |

Russia Sanctions: “Biting” or Toothless?


• The US sanctions of July 16th primarily targeted the ability of Russian companies to raise capital denominated in US dollars. Targeted companies will not have access to US capital markets for loans with 90-day or longer maturities.

• The … Read More

July 31, 2014 |

How Samuel Huntington Predicted Ukraine

The civil war in Ukraine, the civil war in Iraq, and the relaxation of US sanctions against Iran have demonstrated that political instability is now a very serious factor for international markets. US decline has given the various great … Read More

July 28, 2014 |

Are Churches Economically Consequential?

The big question I’ve been mulling around recently is this: Are churches economically consequential? Should they be? Look at the typical American church and ask, if that church disappeared from the community it’s in, how affected would that community be? … Read More

July 25, 2014 |

Lean In, or Butt Out

One of the promising things I saw about women getting more involved in the top leadership echelons of business is that they would bring something new and better: greater caution about risky behavior, more relational sensitivity — that they would … Read More

July 23, 2014 |

Recent College Graduates Slacking in Income Growth

Time to throw out all the brochure-based projections. Recent college grads now have lower income growth rates than the general public. Isn’t the whole point that, yes, you deferred earning for 5 years and, yes, you start at a lower … Read More

July 18, 2014 |

The Suicide of the Dollar: How A Legally Dubious 9 Billion Dollar Punishment from Eric Holder Endangers Us All

The Justice Department under Eric Holder just imposed a massive 9 billion dollar penalty on French company BNP Paribas, for violating trade sanctions which France does not recognize. These huge, 9bn-type fines imposed by the Obama administration on … Read More

July 16, 2014 |

Success = f(EFFORT, ability)

Track is my favorite sport. My earliest memories go back to the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City where Bob Beamon soared almost two feet beyond the existing world record in the long jump; and Jim Ryun, arguably the … Read More

July 14, 2014 |

Was Katrina Disaster God’s Judgement on Corruption?

Ray Nagin, former mayor of New Orleans, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison last week.

Do you remember the debates about whether the Katrina disaster was a judgment on New Orleans? Some on the religious … Read More

July 9, 2014 |

What Hobby Lobby Means for Big Healthcare Firms

Abortifacient Manufacturers, in Light of Hobby Lobby Case

On Monday, June 30th, the Supreme Court overruled an Obamacare mandate that forced family-owned corporations, such as Hobby Lobby, to pay for “emergency contraceptives” and birth control for their employees.

This paper … Read More

June 27, 2014 |

Annals of Overblown Stories: Tapering Will Kill Emerging Markets

I’d like to contrast the ‘big’ investment stories (as defined by press coverage) with the important stories as measured by principled reasoning.

Tapering is the biggie: Markets ebbed and flowed reflexively in response to the expectations that Quantitative Easing would … Read More

June 20, 2014 |

Unmasking the Fair Trade Fraud

Now will all the clergy who rhetorically shoved fair trade coffee down the gullets of their parishioners apologize to them? More to the point, will they apologize to the villagers around the world who are paid less and with lower … Read More

June 19, 2014 |

It’s Not Europe That’s Stagnating; It’s Socialist Europe That’s Stagnating

France and Italy under left parties are floundering. Germany and England under conservatives are flourishing. It’s not that developed is decoupling from emerging, or that the U.S. is decoupling from old world. Throughout history, what’s always happening bit-by-bit, year-by-year, is … Read More

June 16, 2014 |

Let’s Call French Economic Patriotism What It Really Is: Fascism

The authority to ban shareholders of French companies from selling a majority of their shares to foreign investors is an abuse of property right, and a license to protect French company executives from their own shareholders. It will concentrate power … Read More

June 13, 2014 |

Pope Francis on Capitalism as Idolatry

Pope condemned globalized markets as alleged “idolization of money” — so government doesn’t idolize money? They sure seem to take a lot of it. Also, is there no idolization of political power in the name of ‘security’ in the form … Read More

June 11, 2014 |

Let There Be Darkness

Here’s a link to the video of one of my recent interviews on American Family Radio, Crane Durham’s Nothing But Truth, about fiat money. The inevitable result of treating the government as a divine savior is to give it … Read More

June 6, 2014 |

The Degeneration Of NATO

NATO ceased to be a genuine military alliance in 2004, when idealists made the short-sighted decision to include the small, weak, vulnerable states of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia in the alliance. This inclusion increased the chance of the United … Read More

June 2, 2014 |

Second Largest Nation in the World Scraps Socialism

India is the world’s second largest country, and by some measures, its third largest economy (having recently passed Japan in GDP adjusted for purchasing power). Its new Prime Minister, sworn in last week, is promising revolutionary roll-backs in the size … Read More

May 27, 2014 |

Where Did The Virgin Murderer Get His Worldview?

Peter Rodger had nothing to give his son except vast sums of money: A $40,000 BMW, first class tickets to a private Katy Perry concert. No God and no moral code above the vapid coexist bumper sticker ideology. His anti-Christian … Read More

May 26, 2014 |

No, Reuters, Market Didn’t “Shrug Off” Anti-Euro Votes — Markets Applauded Them

Reuters is so deep into the ‘European Project’ that it never occurred to them that a rise in European markets, after shockingly (if you’re only a reader of Europe’s establishment press) strong gains by euro-skeptic parties, might possibly be good … Read More

May 23, 2014 |

Banned Visas? Small Effect. Not Being Banned by Visa? Priceless

It’s over. The Russian expansion into the Crimean peninsula is a done deal and the financial sanctions are feather weight. The only real sanctions which might have hurt Russia didn’t happen. Germany didn’t ban energy imports. Doing so would … Read More

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