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Affluent Christian Investor | December 4, 2023

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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

November 17, 2014 |

The $121.9 Billion Treasure Hunt

Hong Kong is currently buzzing with exciting news from the HK Monetary Authority.  Starting today, the daily exchange limit of 20,000 RMB per person will be abolished. This is seen as a move by China to enhance the status of … Read More

November 12, 2014 |

Decline In Unemployment Rate Belies The Real Story

There was a lot of excitement Friday about the latest Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The headline news was that the unemployment rate for October fell to 5.8%, its lowest level since July 2008. Even the broader … Read More

November 10, 2014 |

The World Bank Spreads Ebola Hysteria

“World Bank estimates Ebola could cost West Africa 32.6 billion dollars.” So ran a typical headline from the organization’s October 10 meeting, based in turn on a 71-page report issued three days earlier—a report that actually estimated a broad range … Read More

November 4, 2014 |

The Ebola Epidemic Is Dying

We continue to hear the Ebola epidemic is “spiraling out of control,” “growing exponentially,” and so on. This after the first round of warnings in September in which the World Health Organization (WHO) has called it the “worst health crisis … Read More

October 27, 2014 |

Steve Forbes: ‘Great Countries Don’t Have Weak Currencies’

Steve Forbes’ new book Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy and What We Can Do About It recapitulates the old and true ideas at precisely the right moment, just as we’ve seen America’s easiest Fed policy correspond … Read More

October 17, 2014 |

Long-Term Investors Have Been Waiting For This Sell-Off

Ebola, ISIS, Europe, China, Russia, retail sales, manufacturing. Take your pick. Wednesday’s sell-off in the market is being blamed on all of them. But it doesn’t really matter what you blame it on. The bottom line is that the sell-off … Read More

October 14, 2014 |

Recent Jobs Number So 2007

Imagine how you would feel if you were in the following situation.  You’re taking a trip on the U.S. Economy Bus .  There are 319 million people on the bus with you.  It has been a rough ride so far, … Read More

October 13, 2014 |

GoPro: Not a Pretty Picture for Shorts

Some stocks go up and some stocks go down. But some stocks go up no matter what–even when the market takes a big plunge. Take GoPro, Inc. (GPRO), the maker of wearable cameras. The company’s various products are … Read More

October 6, 2014 |

Decline In Participation Belies Strong Jobs Report

The Employment Situation report for the month of September looks great on the surface. The unemployment rate plunged to 5.9% from 6.1% in August; nonfarm payrolls climbed by 248,000, well ahead of the consensus expectation; … Read More

September 24, 2014 |

Treasury’s New Rules Ensure That Foreign Profits Remain Foreign

President Obama recently implied that American corporations executing tax inversions were unpatriotic. Just yesterday, the Treasury Department announced new rules that would make it more difficult for American companies to invert. These rules have prompted a sell-off in several key … Read More

September 19, 2014 |

Islamic State: Are We Going to Destroy Another of Iran’s Enemies?

On September 10th, President Obama outlined his general plan for “degrading and ultimately destroying” the organization which calls itself Islamic State. Among analysts and commentators of the Islamic State crisis in Iraq and Syria, there has been an unusual consensus: … Read More

September 18, 2014 |

The Fed Is More Hawkish Than It Seems

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) finished its two-day meeting and released its statement. Going into this meeting, the big debate among economists had to do with the wording of the statement. Specifically, they wondered if the Fed would remove … Read More

September 10, 2014 |

How To Make Money From A Weaker Euro Using ETFs

The U.S. economy has been growing at an anemic rate; yet compared to Europe, it is doing great. If they are not there already, many economies in Europe are on the brink of recession. In fact, the largest euro-zone economies, … Read More

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

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