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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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What Am I Paying For?

The Wall Street Journal did an interesting job of providing two perspectives regarding how to invest, hire an advisor and pay fees last weekend.  There were two articles, one titled “You’re Paying Too Much in Fees” and the other “Just How Dumb Are Investors?”  In the first, they suggest [...]

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Working Together (?)

Not long ago a client suggested I read the novel, Rising Tide by John M. Barry. I have enjoyed it. The book discusses the events leading up to, and during the great Mississippi river flood of 1927 and how that flood changed America in so many ways. The flood left millions of acres under water fro[...]

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Economists are a Hopeful Bunch

It seems like economists at the Federal Reserve (which is just about everyone there) have been talking about the U.S. economy achieving break-out speed for years. And they have been. Let’s face it, while they are a quasi-government agency responsible for managing U.S. monetary policy (read the lev[...]

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80 Degrees in Milwaukee and Thawing

It was 80 degrees here yesterday for the first time in over six months. According to the Fed’s Beige Book, “economic activity increased in most regions” of the country since early March. Eight of the 12 Fed regions reported modest or moderate economic growth during the period from mid-Februa[...]

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The Stock Market is Like Ogres

As most of you who read my blog often enough know, I have a seven year old boy. That means I spend more time, than someone my age should, watching animated movies. Those of you with small children or grandchildren probably know that Rio 2 was released on Friday. Like any good parent I was there with[...]

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When Things Are Hard to Describe Coin Your Own Term

Last week, Christine LaGarde, the Director of the International Monetary Fund said that "there is an emerging risk of what I call now low-flation, particularly in the Euro Area." With this proclamation she is stating the obvious, as Central Bank are wont to do from time to time. Three main things [...]

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One Quarter in to 2014

Today the first quarter of 2014 draws to a close, it is officially spring and Opening Day baseball games are being played all over America. We might be able to say we are beyond one of the worst winters we’ve had in almost 40 years. However, we’ll continue to worry about the effects of the col[...]

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