It’s a good time for a gut check.

It’s a good time for a gut check.

Last week, after sliding lower for four days, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index recouped some of its losses on Friday. The reasons behind the week’s poor showing were diverse. Barron’s reported: “The market is so discombobulated right now that it can’t even decide...
It’s a bird…It’s a plane…It’s a labor shortage!

It’s a bird…It’s a plane…It’s a labor shortage!

There is little doubt the Millennial generation has been reshaping our world. One of the most remarkable aspects of this demographic group is a preference for experiences over consumer goods. “Three out of four millennials would rather spend their money on an...
The Circular Economy Isn’t for Everyone

The Circular Economy Isn’t for Everyone

Certain parts probably adapt to cities and towns better than they do to rural areas. What is the circular economy? It is “a system that reduces waste through the efficient use of resources. Businesses that are part of the circular economy seek to redesign the current...
Gone Negotiating.

Gone Negotiating.

Last week, the United States government might as well have hung a sign on the front door of the Capitol that read, “Gone negotiating. We’ll be back in…however long it takes.” In 2013, the U.S. government closed for 16 days. About 850,000...
Inflation, inflation, where’s the inflation?

Inflation, inflation, where’s the inflation?

The U.S. Federal Reserve has been raising interest rates in anticipation of higher inflation. In its 2018 forecast, Goldman Sachs indicated it expected to see “a gradual increase in global core inflation, albeit to levels that are still below central bank targets in...
Hope Floats

Hope Floats

Hope floats. Optimism about possible pro-growth economic policies, including tax reform and deregulation, helped U.S. stock indices finish higher last week, reported Barron’s. It wasn’t all smooth sailing, though. Stocks bobbed up and down as investors’ optimism was...