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Affluent Christian Investor | January 27, 2021

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July 28, 2015 |

Gold Prices are Well Below Market Fundamentals

For those who are speculating on the dollar—i.e. most people—there was good news this week. The dollar rose almost a milligram, to 28.3mg gold. That’s a big gain, and welcome news for those who keep all of their eggs … Read More

July 27, 2015 |

This is Your Brain on Dollars

We can’t count how many articles we saw last week, bemoaning gold going down. The price action is bad for gold (whatever that means). China underreported their gold holdings. No, China doesn’t care about gold. No, they want the … Read More

July 27, 2015 |

Deferred Giving is Reverse Compounding

According to Albert Einstein, compounding is the “Eighth wonder of the world.” Investors crave it. Mathematicians stand in awe of it. Yet it is not rocket science: One dollar invested today at a certain return is worth multiple dollars … Read More

July 27, 2015 |

The Antidote to Financial Panic

“They spoke against God; they said, “Can God really spread a table in the wilderness? True, he struck the rock, and water gushed out, streams flowed abundantly, but can he also give us bread? Can he supply meat for his … Read More

July 24, 2015 |

Steve Moore vs. Paul Krugman Debate = Tom and Jerry Show

With apologies to his fans, Jerry is an evil little mouse who constantly pesters Tom the Cat. Tom tries and tries, but cannot seem to overpower someone who is a fraction of his size and strength.

Watching Stephen Moore attempt … Read More

July 24, 2015 |

Give a Man Bricks, He’ll Build for a Day; Teach a Man to Make Bricks…

Over the years, we have tried not only to give money to our partners in Kenya, we have tried to help them earn revenue through the work of their own hands. We have helped open two chicken farms (one now … Read More

July 22, 2015 |

Official Odds of a Trump Win

The political news that dominated the past two weeks was the rise of Donald Trump. A month ago, Donald Trump was barely present in opinion polls; today, his approval ratings double those of the runner-up, Jeb Bush. Even after the … Read More

July 22, 2015 |

Driving Off the Cliff: Auto Sales Back at Bubble Levels

The worst recessions in history have all followed excessive investment in housing, personal transportation and the stock market. Today, the US is hitting two out of three. Take a look at the auto sales graph below. US sales have … Read More

July 21, 2015 |

Gold Price Crash, Speculators or Fundamentals?

The prices of the monetary metals cascaded downward this week, and the ratio of the gold price to the silver price rose accordingly.

Many analysts and speculators are puzzled. With everything going on in the world, gold should go … Read More

July 20, 2015 |

Recipe for Business Disaster: Rely On Formulas From Managers Far From the Frontlines

It seems as though the opposite should be true but the fact is that more often than not the simple solution requires in depth knowledge and a lot of hard work, while complexity is the child of laziness and … Read More

July 20, 2015 |

THERE’S Your Hyperinflation!

Hyperinflation is commonly defined as rapidly rising prices which get out of control. For example, the Wikipedia entry begins, “In economics, hyperinflation occurs when a country experiences very high and usually accelerating rates of inflation, rapidly eroding the real … Read More

July 16, 2015 |

China Market Collapse: The Snowflake Which Triggers the Global Avalanche?

Markets that climb to dizzying heights over extended time periods are known as bulls for a reason: they buck. I titled my book on investing Financial Bull Riding for that reason. A bull has been breaking things in China’s stock … Read More

July 15, 2015 |

The Chinese ‘Great Unmentionable’

“[I]t is the economist’s task so to understand the deeper determinants of economic conjunctures and affairs that his policy prescriptions can be intelligently and properly shaped toward their proper ordering, or where it is considered necessary, their correction and resolution. … Read More

July 15, 2015 |

Silver Scarcity Rose Last Week

Last week, we concluded with this:

“So now, for the first time in about two years, the fundamental price of silver is above the market price, about $0.35 over.

Unless you really like to trade the bleeding edge … Read More

July 14, 2015 |

Bubble Bursting? Look at Bankruptcy Rates

Credit indicators are important in the Austrian understanding of the business cycle. Today we’ll look at one of the more important: bankruptcies.

First, why bankruptcies matter. It seems obvious — bankruptcies come in bad times — but let’s trace … Read More

July 14, 2015 |

Interest on a Million in Savings – $300 – Thanks Fed

I have to admit that I derive some pleasure in taking on hoary old myths. For example, some economists assert that the interest rate you see on the Treasury bond is not real. You see, it’s only nominal. To calculate … Read More

July 14, 2015 |

The Fat Pig Kill List

Doing business in Hong Kong is always enjoyable, partly because of Cantonese food. Recently, I sat across the dim sum table from Faye, a Hong-Kong immigration agent with an impeccable British accent. Faye, looking for client referrals, explained her business … Read More

July 13, 2015 |

Grexit: “Experts” Wrong, Bookies Right

In the lead up to the General Election in the United Kingdom in May, opinion polls consistently showed the Conservative and Labour parties as neck-and-neck. As a result, until the night of the election, mainstream political pundits were predicting … Read More

July 9, 2015 |

Chinese Government Isn’t God, and Can’t Suspend the Laws of Economics

You know there is a problem when you hear something like this: The Chinese authorities have halted all new listings on the stock market. The reason? They want people to buy shares, not sell them. They think more buying is … Read More

July 9, 2015 |

How Banning Risk Makes This Market Riskier

Mainstream economists, excluding those at the Bank for International Settlements, have stuck with their ancient superstition that recessions are random events, each with its own special cause, known technically as shocks that send the economy spinning out of equilibrium. Central … Read More

July 7, 2015 |

Greece, Gold, and Silver

The prices of the metals drooped further this shortened week (Friday was a holiday in the US, as the Fourth of July, Independence Day, occurred on Saturday). The S&P 500 index also fell this week, as did crude oil.

Markets … Read More

July 2, 2015 |

This Ratio Signals Recession

In past articles I have reviewed sound models signaling the Fed’s money printing has made the economic expansion unsustainable. Those included Spitznagel’s Misesian Index, Shiller’s Cyclically Adjusted Price Earnings (CAPE) ratio, and others. I just discovered a new one, … Read More

July 1, 2015 |

How Big Government’s 100 Years’ War on Healthcare Killed My Wife

Big Government killed my wife. Years before a very dedicated team of physicians saved and extended her life, but the second or third class of doctors— all trained by the same schools and salaried by the same enormous government medical … Read More

June 29, 2015 |

Why Government Enablers Want To Abolish Cash

The stories are all over the Internet. Governments are forcing us into a cashless society. Supposedly the pretext is terrorism, and the real reason is to take more control. No doubt more power appeals to politicians, and banning cash … Read More

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