Faith & Finance

Rob West

1st Quarter GDP Numbers with Jerry Bowyer

June 10, 2020
00:00 24:57

As coronavirus restrictions ease and businesses slowly reopen we’re left with questions; just how bad is the economy and how deep the recession? Maybe the first quarter numbers can give us a clue. Rarely do all economists agree on anything, but this is one of those times. The shutdown has severely damaged the U.S. economy. But how much? Today, host Rob West explores that with economist Jerry Bowyer. As chief economist at Vident Financial Jerry Bowyer is known for giving a balanced and objective view on the state of things.


•          Jerry offers wisdom on what the economy was like before the pandemic hit and government at all levels began to shut things down.

•          He speaks on what we can learn, financially, from the first quarter of this year and how it was impacted by the coronavirus. 

•          He also speaks on how this recession is different than most others we have seen in the past. 

•          Jerry shares his view on of the government’s response to this economic crisis, on if it has been effective or not.

•          He also shares his opinion on how this pandemic might permanently affect the way we do business because of the amount of people that shifted to “work from home” during this time. 

•          He offers advice to people that might have lost work during the pandemic. 

•          Lastly, he offers his opinions and wisdom on what he thinks the second quarter of this year will look like, financially. 


On today’s program we also answer your questions:


•           I heard about the clause in the Covid19 legislation that allows people to take up to 100K penalty free and then allows you to take 3 years to pay the balance. I am 56 years old and have about 100K left on my mortgage. Is this a wise route to go?

•           My wife listens to your program all the time. Last week, she heard about a comment about a $300 contribution to a 501c3 organization and that this is tax deductible even if you do not itemize it on your income tax. Is this correct?


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Faith & Finance is a daily radio ministry hosted by Rob West. The program offers a practical, biblical and good-natured approach to managing your time, talents and resources.

About Rob West

Rob West is the host of the nationally syndicated radio program Faith & Finance heard on more than 900 radio outlets each day. Rob also serves as the President of Kingdom Advisors, an international community of financial professionals who are specialists in delivering biblically wise financial advice. Rob serves as primary spokesperson for the organization and gives leadership to organizational strategy.

A radio veteran, Rob previously co-hosted a live, call-in, financial radio program with his father from 1998 through 2008 at WAFG, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Rob has dedicated his professional career to working at the intersection of faith and finance having led a successful faith-based financial services firm, serving as the host of several radio programs on a biblical approach to finance, and speaking frequently on the topic. Rob and his wife, Julie, live in Marietta, GA with their four children.


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