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Watching Corn Grow

Growing up in a suburban environment made it impossible to watch crops grow every day. Sure, we would take summer trips through the country now and then, providing an opportunity to see how much the corn had grown since the last trip. Speaking as an urbanite, and now living next to a corn field, wat[...]

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Setting Records

As the Olympics come to a close we have seen world and Olympic records set as well as “personal bests” achieved. The Games coverage provided a backstory on the Olympians who achieved these records, which allow us to understand the personal and family sacrifice that goes into them. During the las[...]

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Lessons From the Farmers Market

My son and I enjoy our Saturday morning sojourn to the farmer’s market.  Albeit for different reasons. I enjoy the variety, people and fresh produce. He enjoys the free samples and honey sticks. As we have toured the market each Saturday, I think about how our experiences remind me of what has ha[...]

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Trade Season

If you are a baseball fan, mid-season trading can either give you reason to cheer or express concern about your team’s future. Teams are focused on the August 1st deadline to get their best trades done, hopefully raising the prospect for post-season play. Understanding the trade-off between gettin[...]

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Bright Spot

In the midst of convention turmoil and concerns about the economy’s growth rate, it is nice to find a bright spot in all the data we track. On Tuesday, we received information about the current state of the housing market and the news was good. While housing usually represents 3-5% of the overall [...]

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Not All Strawberries and Cream

Today marks the end of the two week Wimbledon Tennis Tournament. An American, Serena Williams, won the women’s final and a British (ne Scottish) tennis player, Andy Murray, won the men’s final in convincing fashion. This may be the salve the Brits needed after the “leave” Brexit vote created[...]

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More of the Same is Not so Bad

As we plan our holiday weekend we were discussing our attendance at the Stone Bank July 4th parade.  My wife and son are excited about this family tradition while I was hoping for something new.  Stone Bank is a small unincorporated town 30 miles west of Milwaukee and the parade is everything a sm[...]

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Stairway to Heaven

Last week, Jimmy Page, the lead guitarist for the iconic band, Led Zeppelin, was in the news regarding a copyright infringement case concerning the opening riff for the song Stairway to Heaven. We don’t know how the case will turn out, but it gave me the opportunity to revisit the lyrics from this[...]

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Negative Interest Rates: Powerful Out-of-the-Box Thinking or Insanity?

by Wendy W. Stojadinovic, CFA Director of Fixed Income Strategy Yes, it’s true: there actually are investors who are buying bonds that have negative yields. For example, investors are buying German two-year government bonds with a 0% coupon for a price of $101 knowing they will only get $100 [...]

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Crude Oil Prices Are Up Since Mid February: What’s Happening?

by Joseph F. Hickey, CFA Director of Equity Strategy  Spot oil prices were $48 in early November and then went into a free fall. After declining 45%, prices bottomed $26.21 on February 11th, 2016. The media ran numerous stories quoting pundits predicting prices falling into the mid teens. S[...]

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