Business & Finance

Don’t waste this recession!

We all know times are tough. The perfect storm of a bursting economic and housing bubble, a normal business cycle downturn, the subprime mortgage scandal and a presidential election year have all led to dire predictions, hopelessness and desperate measures. Most people ask, “Where is it all going?” but the better question is, “What... -Read More

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!

When it comes to smart investment decisions, professional advisors often talk about the benefits of diversification. It is a technique that can manage an investor’s exposure to risk by mixing a wide variety of investments within a portfolio. The Bible even talks about something similar in Ecclesiastes 11:1–2: “Cast your bread upon the waters,... -Read More

Commentary: Economic Stimulus 101: Reaganomics vs. Obamanomics

President Obama says the economy is the worst since the Great Depression. Actually, it is the worst since the Reagan recession of 1982–83. Further, the 2009 market crash is not the worst since 1929 but since 1987 – also on Ronald Reagan’s watch. How was Ronald Reagan’s response to these economic crises different from... -Read More

When two say ‘I do,’ money an issue?

“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For, if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.”–Ecclesiastes 4:9–10. Making financial decisions can be hard enough for one person,... -Read More

Flow with a bad economy like the Sea of Galilee

I have been thinking how some words have a double meaning. For example, when the word “funk” is attached before the phrase “music of the ’70s,” it’s something good. However, when “funk” is attached to the end of the word “economic,” it’s bad. The world has been stuck in an economic funk for more... -Read More

Despite economy, Chick-fil-A continues to grow and give

Chick-fil-A, the company behind the cows begging customers to “Eat Mor Chikin,” has increased sales despite the struggling economy. The restaurant chain marked its 41st consecutive year of rising sales with a 12.17 percent increase from 2007 to 2008. In addition, the company expanded with 83 new locations in 2008 alone. Closing on Sundays... -Read More

Be anxious for nothing, not even the economy

Many people today find themselves wondering, “Why should I stay positive when we are in the midst of a serious financial crisis, and people are losing their homes and jobs? Why stay invested in the stock market when it seems like the losses keep mounting day after day?” These questions are not easy to... -Read More

SCHIP passage to add 4 million

On his 16th day in office, President Barack Obama signed a bill expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program by $32 billion, providing coverage to an additional 4 million children in families with incomes too high to receive Medicaid but who cannot afford to buy health insurance. “Today marks a tremendous victory,” said Katie... -Read More

Cycles are inevitablein life and in investing

For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation (II Peter 3:4b). We recently welcomed a New Year and witnessed the Inauguration of a new president. We have also continued to see unprecedented volatility in the stock market and a dramatic downturn in the economy. All... -Read More

My first love

I still remember the first time I laid my eyes on her. I was 5 years old, and I knew we were meant to be together forever. When I touched her face, I felt empowered. Even though she didn’t feel the same way about me, it didn’t matter. I knew I had to have... -Read More