Beggars or Baggers

By Tim Weinhold (originally published, Jan 25, 2017) “Mrs. Hughes, I only want to say one thing — that if you are ill, you are welcome here for as long as you want to stay. Lady Sybil will help us to find a suitable nurse . . . I don’t want you to have any concerns about where you’ll go or who will look after you, because the answer is here, and we will.” Devoted fans will, no doubt, recognize… Read more

The Price of Eggs

by Tim Weinhold (originally published Oct 19, 2016) A few months back I began buying eggs for $8.00 per dozen. And therein lies a morality tale for chickens and investors. For many years, though, I bought eggs from my local supermarket for $1.99. They carried more expensive eggs, of course, but why pay more. An egg is an egg. Then a nutritionist friend began to educate me about the harmful effects for humans, and for the planet, from all the… Read more

Jesus and the End of Jobs

by Tim Weinhold (originally published July 5, 2016) Over the last few years, and especially of late, there is a swelling chorus of concern that we may be on our way to a future in which there simply aren’t enough jobs to go around. Not just a shortage of good jobs, mind you, but a shortage of jobs, period. In fact, more than a few thoughtful economists, and other experts, foresee a future in which highly-skilled, well-paid jobs exist only for… Read more

Business, Brexit, and the Precariat

by Tim Weinhold (originally published, July 16, 2016) I’ve been transfixed of late by Brexit and its fallout. It’s hard not to be. After all, we don’t often come face-to-face with ‘the end of western civilization as we know it.’ OK, not all the commentary has been that dire. By and large, though, it’s been pretty grim. The vote revealed deep divisions in Britain. Remain voters were, generally, more prosperous, younger, and from London. Leave voters were, instead, mostly working… Read more

Killing the Golden Goose

By Tim Weinhold (originally published June 20, 2016) Of all the ancient fables, that of the goose that lays golden eggs is almost certainly the one most prized by business people. In the classic version of the tale, a farmer has a goose that each day lays a golden egg. Over time the farmer grows rich, but also greedy. No longer content with a single daily egg, he kills the goose to get all the gold in one fell swoop…. Read more

Business and the Poor — Predator, Protector, or Provider?

By Tim Weinhold (originally published, May 31, 2016) “Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord. “I will protect them from those who malign them.” Psalm 12:5 (NIV, emphasis added) The Lord enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: “It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the pooris in your houses. Isaiah 3:14 (NIV, emphasis added) When I was young and naive in the… Read more

The ‘Million-Dollar Bet’ — Warren Buffet vs. the Hedge Funds … With a Divine Thumb on the Scales

by Tim Weinhold (Originally published May 10, 2016) One of the more instructive bets in investing history is close to paying off. Several years ago, Warren Buffet opined that an ordinary stock index fund would, over time, outperform the best hedge funds. ‘Put your money where your mouth is’ challenged Ted Seides, at the time head of Protege Partners, a New York City money management firm that runs funds of hedge funds. After a fair amount of back-and-forth negotiating, the… Read more

Give the Hired Worker His Wages and Stock, Too

by Rob Moll Upstart yogurt company Chobani made news recently when its owner Hamdi Ulukaya granted his 2,000 employees a 10 percent stake in the company. That made some long-term employees millionaires. But everyone benefitted as the $3 billion company granted an average gift of $150,000 per employee. As the company grows, the value of of that gift could appreciate significantly. It is easy to recognize Mr. Ulukaya’s gift as unusually generous, but for a lot of reasons it makes… Read more

The Black Swan of Business Purpose

By Tim Weinhold (first published April 22, 2016) On the night of Nov. 26, 2008, a commando team equipped with automatic weapons, grenades, and explosives, snuck ashore in Mumbai, India. Splitting into teams of two, they attacked a dozen locations across the city. 175 people were killed, including nine of the ten terrorists. Hundreds more were injured. It remains the most important incident of international terrorism since 9/11. The epicenter of the attack was the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, one… Read more

What Are Good Jobs?

by Rob Moll Many commentators attribute the current political climate to a jobs problem. There simply aren’t enough good jobs around, so people are upset, envious of the “one percent” and others who have a disproportionate amount of wealth and resources. They express their frustration during this primary season by rejecting establishment political candidates. That’s why we see huge support for outsiders calling for revolution or renegotiation of America’s trade agreements. No doubt there is plenty to fix on a foundational level in the… Read more

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