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Dog Days

This morning, as I was driving in to work, I heard that we are going to break the second longest streak of 80+ degree days today, as the high temperature is expected to be 79 degrees. How long was this streak? 17 days. For many of you reading this in places south and southwest, I am sure you can’t[...]

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Why investors should be excited about interest rates going up and updates on alternative investments and market valuations.

I decided to switch up the medium of my blog this morning and deliver it in video format. I hope you enjoy the change of pace. For more information on rising interest rates see the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article “Reasons for bond investors to cheer rising interest rates.”

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As Easy as Riding a Bike!

Remember when you learned to ride a bike? Or perhaps more recently, you’ve taught someone to ride as I have my son. We both felt trepidation over when I should let go. You get so caught up in making sure that the person you are teaching is safe from a fall that you may forget that you have to let [...]

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Yields Skyrocket! Really?

It is hard to pick up a paper, read an investment blog (mine excluded), or listen to a financial news program without hearing about the global bond market rout. Yields (interest rates) on government bonds in the U.S. and Europe have been on the rise and the financial media is trying to whip everyone[...]

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Car Nut

I love cars, both new and old. I like to drive them, talk about them, watch them race and just about anything involving them. I also think cars can tell us a lot about people, investors and the economy. Last week, the monthly auto sales data were released and there were some interesting trends that [...]

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Good Things to Life

Last Thursday, General Electric announced that they were selling a $26 billion real estate portfolio and substantially reducing the size of their financing arm, GE Capital. The only portion of the business being retained will be that which sustains GE’s manufacturing businesses. In addition, they [...]

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A Good Week for the Fed

This week is packed with economic data. Recently, we’ve often heard that the Federal Reserve has become data dependent. The “data” referred to in this phrase is the economic data that provides a picture of how the economy is growing, employment is fairing and inflation is moving. This is a sil[...]

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A Body at Rest

As the temperature rises above 50 for the first time in several months, I am reminded of this Newtonian law that a body at rest will stay at rest unless an outside force acts on it. Perhaps the warm-up in weather is the “outside force” we all need to get moving again. I believe that the current [...]

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Four Cancelled Flights Later

Over the weekend I was in Washington D.C. to attend a board retreat for the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF), an organization that I am proud to serve, and one that does great work for its community. The organization was also hosting their "Washington Days" event in which they had the opportunit[...]

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Mardi Gras Market

Last week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 18,000 and the S&P 500 Index reached a new record high. Geo-political concerns in the Middle East and Ukraine don’t seem to be able to keep the market down, nor do the tepid economic growth numbers coming from Europe and China. Finally, [...]

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