Market Updates

Pass the Buck

A lot has transpired in the currency markets over the last several weeks as developed countries race to see who can have the lowest interest rate on their sovereign debt (Japan seems to be in the lead). Also affecting the value of currencies is economic data from Europe, Asia and the U.S., which is [...]

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As Easy as Climbing a Tree

There are a lot of studies that suggest it is important for us to continue to learn new things. The brain needs exercise and creates new connections when we do. They say the brain is like any muscle, use it or lose it. I think it might also be important to try old things. When was the last time you [...]

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From the Alps to the Tetons

Central bankers seem to be the focus once again. If the global economy were strong enough to stand on its own, we wouldn’t spend every waking moment worrying about what Fed Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and her European Central Bank counterpart Mario Draghi are going to do next. The fact that these b[...]

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Lessons from the 10-Year Treasury Yield

During the last week, my wife took some time to enjoy her tennis passion at the Western & Southern Open, leaving me home with my 7-year old son (he reads my weekly blog post and notes today that I should say 7 and a half!). Spending a lot of time with him each day reminded me of a couple lessons[...]

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Mixed Signals

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to take in baseball tryouts. I know you are thinking it is August so what tryouts would be taking place in the middle of the season? These tryouts were for U-8 boys. For the uninitiated, this is when boys aged 7 and younger try out for next season’s teams. My[...]

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Between Bites

Last week I had the opportunity to go salmon fishing on Lake Michigan with clients and colleagues. We had a great outing when all was said and done because we brought fish back to the dock. However, we were out on the lake for 5 hours and caught 5 fish. That’s one fish per hour which means a lot o[...]

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Jobs – A Deeper Look at the Numbers

Last week’s jobs report continued a trend of strong employment growth over the last several months. Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 288,000 in June and the unemployment rate declined to 6.1%. The unemployment rate is down 1.4% points from the beginning of the year and that is good news for[...]

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Tennis Anyone?

Experts say that it is a good idea to continue learning and teaching yourself new things as you get older. With this in mind, I have decided to formally take up tennis. I say formally because I grew up playing recreationally but I never had a lesson and didn’t play competitively. I have been takin[...]

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You Don’t Have to Love Soccer

The FIFA World Cup (for soccer aka football) is in full swing. There are 32 teams from around the world treating a world-wide audience of nearly 2 billion to a great show of sport. The teams are competing for $576 million in prize money. The host country Brazil is spending over $14 billion on infras[...]

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Have You Noticed the Price at the Pump?

Do you pay attention to the price at the gas pump when you’re getting gas? I do. I know there are phone apps that allow you to find the cheapest gas near your present location and I haven’t gone that far, but I do notice the price and know which stations along my normal commute provide gas at th[...]

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