Format: Blogs

Returning To Normal

According to Google, “normal” can either be defined as a city in the state of Illinois or a word that describes a condition as typical, average or usual. Today's political environment seems a little less usual. The Trump administration seems to be having a hard time staying on point with regard [...]

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Going to Prom

It's prom season. When I went to prom, it included a nervous invitation, dinner “in the city,” and then the dance along with a remonstration to be home by midnight (I am sure I am dating myself). Now, the internet is full of stories about the crazy things that people have done to ask a date to p[...]

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Beginning or End?

We are more than half way through corporate earnings season. Companies report their earnings on a quarterly basis and have been announcing good first quarter earnings growth and expressing optimism about their future expectations. The question is whether the growth rate will continue to accelerate o[...]

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Raison d’etre

Yesterday's French primary election left global investors feeling better about the future. The two lead vote getters, Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, will run-off against one another on May 7. Because they represented the “expected” outcome, markets are unwinding their reduction in risk. As a[...]

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Family to Family: A Growing Investment Model – Part Three: Long-term Focus

This is the final part of a three part series, exploring how the family to family investment model is working in the greater Milwaukee community. A number of high profile investments in family-owned businesses last year were notable because the investors were other family groups. We talked with Milw[...]

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Strategic Patience

Last week, Vice President Mike Pence used the phrase “strategic patience” to describe the U.S.'s former foreign policy toward North Korea. These words may also reflect the way investors need to think about geopolitical events and their investments. Geopolitics While global politics are alw[...]

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Family to Family: A Growing Investment Model – Part Two: Sharing Values

This is the second part of a three part series, exploring how the family to family investment model is working in the greater Milwaukee community. A number of high profile investments in family-owned businesses last year were notable because the investors were other family groups. We talked to Milwa[...]

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April Showers

If you live in my hometown, Milwaukee, you know that the last two weeks have been difficult because of the weather. While winter was mild, spring has been typical, which means no sun, a lot of rain and temperatures in the 40s. The forecast for the next three days is more of the same. We get through [...]

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Family to Family: A Growing Investment Model – Part One: Making Connections

This is the first part of a three part series, exploring how the family to family investment model is working in the greater Milwaukee community.   Business headlines across the globe have announced a number of high profile investments in family-owned businesses last year. In Europe, Luxury grou[...]

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Stocks and the Freedom Caucus

With the removal of the health care bill from the House floor on Friday, Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledged that the system of governing has gotten more complex. In his press conference, he noted that Republicans have been an “opposition party” and now they have to learn how to “govern.” Sunday,[...]

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