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BREAKING NEWS! Stock Market Plunges 1,100 Points This Morning . . .

The stock market opened this morning with the Dow dropping as many as 1,100 points. To put this into perspective, the Dow has never closed down more than 800 points in a day!


I briefly turned on a financial TV channel to see what the financial gurus were saying. They were obviously struggling to explain this huge loss. Unlike their usual self-assuredness, they were unable to clearly articulate why it was happening and what was going to happen.


As we’ve been sharing with our MoneyWise listeners for the past couples of years, when any market has six straight years of amazing growth in value and is at or near record highs – we need to be cautious! So, we’ve been recommending no more than 25% of an individual’s investments in the stock market. And we’ve encouraged investors to do their homework and invest in solid companies that have little or no debt and pay a dividend.


The two passages that give us the clearest guidance when it comes to investing are Proverbs 21:5, “Steady plodding brings prosperity; hasty speculation brings poverty.” In other words, be a consistent investor even if you can afford just a few dollars a month.


The other passage is Ecclesiastes 11:2, “Divide your portion to seven or even eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur upon the earth.” In other words, it’s wise to diversify and not to put all of our investment dollars into one basket.


One final thought. When we face major financial challenges that are global and beyond our control, remember what 1 Timothy 6:17 tell us: “. . . don’t fix your hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.” All riches are uncertain. Stocks, real estate, bonds, and gold go up and down in value. There is only one thing on the planet that is certain and that is the Lord Himself. He told us in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.”

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How long is this Bull Market going to last?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average recently hit a historic high — again! From a March 6, 2009, low of 6,624 during the Great Recession, in six years it has skyrocketed to more than 18,000. Investors are asking themselves, “How long will this Bull Market last?”

Normally, what drives the stock market higher are increasing earnings, and the Fed lowering interest rates, which makes it cheaper for companies to borrow money and make more profit.

However, this time around the stock market has been fueled by a Fed on steroids. It has dramatically reduced interest rates to almost zero. While the government has increased our Federal debt in just six years from $10.6 trillion to more than $18 trillion – that’s a 70% increase!

To help us gain perspective, it took us 205 years (74,984 days from Independence Day on July, 4, 1776 to October 22, 1981) to incur our first trillion dollars of Federal debt. We took on our last trillion dollars of debt in about 365 days.

How long is this Bull Market going to last and how is it going to end? I don’t know. But what is driving the market clearly is not sustainable.

I do know that the Lord warns us of the dangers of debt. “The borrower is slave to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7). I can’t encourage you strongly enough to learn how to handle money God’s way. And that means to be generous, save, spend wisely and get out of debt!