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No Promises

Yesterday the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee (FOMC) concluded their two-day meeting with no change to the Fed Funds interest rate and an anticipated announcement regarding their balance sheet. FOMC Chairman Janet Yellen noted, “We've not made any promises on the path of rates.” With tha[...]

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Power Of Love

A colleague recently shared a bumper sticker with me that said, “There will be peace when the power of love overcomes the love of power.” With the recent Hurricane Harvey tragedy affecting the Gulf Coast and the threat of Hurricane Irma pending, we have seen many examples of how our citizens uni[...]

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The Shallow Cycle

Economic growth in the U.S. and Europe has accelerated since the beginning of the year. Here at home, growth has accelerated from below to above 2%, while in Europe growth has gone from below to above 1%. Late in this business cycle, the difference between good and slow growth remains small. Let’s[...]

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Meh

Unless you have a child in your life under the age of 12, you may not have seen The Emoji Movie that came out a few weeks ago. I have seen the film, and the plot line is thin. The main character is an emoji whose parents are “meh” emojis, which means they don't feel good or bad about anything, j[...]

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More Than A Tweet

In a world where a tweet, i.e., 140 characters, can get people nervous, angry, concerned or excited, we may be losing our desire and ability to understand things at a more detailed level. The media hype surrounding the current stock market environment is much like that today. Headlines focus only on[...]

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Canoeing and Diversification

Last week I had the opportunity to spend some time canoeing and was reminded of the importance of working with a partner to navigate a waterway and the challenges it may bring. A successful trip requires coordination and communication between the stern paddler and the bow paddler (who is hopefully a[...]

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Moms and Risk Management

This weekend I wanted to upgrade my son's skateboard from the cheap big box store brand to the specialized skate shop variety. The new board is easier to ride because it is wider and rolls better (i.e., faster). After 30 minutes in the driveway and a lot of exclamations about how much better it was,[...]

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Epic

I hope you enjoyed the holiday. As we were leaving the fireworks show, someone described the finale as “epic.” Really? It was good, much like last year’s and the year before, but was it epic? Declaring your independence from another country, that’s epic. Ending a fireworks show with a big ba[...]

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Window Washing and the Fed

It seems unlikely that a visit from a local high school senior could have anything to do with the Fed's decision last week to raise the Federal Funds rate by a quarter of a percent. However, the two are inextricably linked as they wrestle with the same forces in their decision making. The factors th[...]

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Summer Vacation

As the temperature rises to near 90, hotter than usual here in southeastern Wisconsin, we know that summer is here. While the summer solstice is still eight days away, most count Memorial Day weekend as the official start of summer break. A lot of pundits will put out their list of books to read whi[...]

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