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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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A House Divided

Every summer my wife and I have the same conversation. I say, let’s take a driving vacation, and my wife says “that doesn’t sound like a vacation.” I suggest a driving vacation to a nature/wildlife location that includes camping and she expresses her lack of desire to “sleep on the ground.[...]

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Math Isn’t That Easy

As my son winds up his first grade year, I am concerned about how difficult math homework will become next year. That’s right, I said “I” am concerned. Not because he doesn’t understand it, he does just fine. When I try to assist however, I may get the answer right but not the methodology. I[...]

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A Weekend for Reflection

For the last several days I enjoyed the end of the Wisconsin turkey hunting season. I was able to spend hours afield as close to nature as one can get. I appreciate the time to reflect on what is important to me, including family, colleagues and clients. I also find this reflection time invaluable a[...]

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