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If you are not following the Decorah eagles you should take a look http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles. The Raptor Project has a “nest cam” placed above this eagle’s nest streaming video 24/7. For the last two months my family and I have followed the progress of the three eaglets hatched in M[...]

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Monday Morning Market Update

Those who rally against the financial services industry, and “too big to fail” banks in particular, need only wait a month or two to find some reason that catalyzes their disdain. Last week, with JP Morgan’s (JPM) announcement that they had experienced a $2 billion loss that will likely get [...]

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Monday Morning Market Update

My son is in 4K this year. Each week they work on a new letter of the alphabet. The week includes bringing something for show and tell that begins with the letter, singing a song about the letter, writing a story about the letter, practicing printing it and finding it everywhere we go. This week [...]

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Monday Morning Market Update

Last week we received a revised look at economic growth. First quarter economic growth as measured by gross domestic product or GDP was revised to 2.2% from the original 3.0% growth rate reported. Consumers led the way contributing 2% of the 2.2% number. Auto sales and housing were both very stro[...]

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Inflation – To be or not to be?

That is the question. Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of rising prices or to take arms against a sea of bad policies and by opposing, end them. Last week’s inflation reports make it difficult once again to discern whether or not we should be concerned about rising [...]

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Monday Morning Market Update

As we’ve mentioned since the beginning of the year, jobs numbers will be market moving this year because they’ll be political.  With pundits noting every month that no president has been re-elected with an unemployment rate above 7% (with the exception of Ronald Reagan) in the last 50 years,[...]

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Monday Morning Market Update

A Week of Good News Last week we were treated to a number of positive economic data points from the third revision of fourth quarter GDP, consumer confidence, durable goods orders and Chicago PMI (purchasing manager’s index). Fourth quarter real GDP grew at a 3% rate, no difference from the [...]

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Monday Morning Market Update

It seems that investors are generally upbeat about the prospects for future economic activity and as a result corporate earnings and stock prices.  Interest rates have moved higher as a result of the positive outlook and inflation seems to be back on everyone’s mind.  The reality is that corp[...]

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Monday Morning Market Update

It seems that with the S&P 500 up 108% from its March 9, 2009 low and up 11.67% the economists are finally turning more optimistic about the prospects for economic growth.  What a difference six months makes.  The stock market is one of the biggest components of the Leading Indicator index [...]

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Monday Morning Market Update

The latest on Jobs and Europe While enjoying a balmy Sunday in March it isn’t too hard to imagine that a warmer winter has positively impacted the job creation data.  The Friday jobs report indicated that there were 233k private jobs created last month while the unemployment rate remained sta[...]

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