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Affluent Christian Investor | August 9, 2022

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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

February 11, 2021 |

Back To Buybacks: Is It More About Dilution Than Concentration?

We mentioned previously in this series that buybacks may not capture everything (or even the most important things) when it comes to the question of whether companies should be concentrating (by taking shares off the market) shareholder ownership or … Read More

February 5, 2021 |

Even Amnesty International Is Criticizing Facebook Censorship

received ample, and well-deserved, criticism during the 2020 election cycle for its proclivity towards censorship. The social media giant’s tendency is not restricted to America. Observers across the planet have levied charges against for its apparent comfort in … Read More

February 5, 2021 |

The War On Poverty’s Results

Data shows income inequality hasn’t changed over the past 100 years, and the three key wealth indicators are: productivity improvement (which has improved dramatically), income mobility, and personal well-being. “While income inequality is rising, inequality of personal well-being is … Read More

February 5, 2021 |

How Companies Pay Shareholders: Total Shareholder Payout A Better Approach?

Is there a metric or series of metrics which captures the best of what we learn from looking at the buybacks factor, but avoids some of its shortcomings? Net Payout of Profits just might fit the bill. This metric looks … Read More

February 5, 2021 |

Interest Rate Threshold Keeps Dropping

Initial Jobless claims totaled 900,000 for the week ending January 16th, after shedding 965,000 in the week prior. These numbers are over four times greater than they were a year ago. I find this to be not only sad but … Read More

February 5, 2021 |

You Are What You Live Through As An Investor

It is appropriate and perhaps entirely ironic that the subject of this week’s Dividend Cafe comes at a time where we have recently seen some of the most bizarre, insane, and silly market activity, ever, and that this bizarre, insane, … Read More

February 5, 2021 |

How Companies Pay Shareholders: What Do The Data Say?

We took an independent look at the data to see whether buybacks were additive to return or not. The answer seems to be “sometimes.” Which then raises the question, “When?”

First, let’s talk about how we approached the problem. … Read More

January 29, 2021 |

Stop Griping About Big Tech And Start Voting Your Shares

The recent purge of political dissidents from social media is unprecedented, and deserves a response from shareholders. Aside from President Trump, conservatives across and were at least temporarily banned, including conservative commentator Dan Bongino and former Congressman … Read More

January 29, 2021 |

No, Rev. Warnock, The Bible Does Not Preach Socialism!

The Rev. Raphael Warnock, one of the new Democrat senators from Georgia, preached a sermon in 2016 on socialism in his church in Atlanta, the Ebenezer Baptist Church. In that sermon, he told his congregation the following:

“The early church … Read More

January 29, 2021 |

Does The U.S. Actually Have Poor?

In their detailed analysis of the conditions of the American poor, Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield disclose how the destitute in the United States live significantly better than, not just the poor in the rest of the world, but on … Read More

January 29, 2021 |

Incompetence Rules Blue States

One of the most significant and controversial discussions in American politics is why there is such a contrast in living conditions in states with more conservative governments, as opposed to those with more liberal governors and legislatures.

Census figures provide … Read More

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