Forestry Lessons

By |2019-10-02T07:37:57-04:00August 30th, 2019|Global Market Update|

Big things start out small. Photo: Alanzon. Source: Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA 3.0. That’s what I thought on a recent hike in the White Mountains. The forest was thick and dark. Up above the treetops, it was a bright, sunny day. Down on the forest floor the light had been filtered through several layers of overstory. But there was a funny thing about the forest floor: it was covered with seedlings, small sprouts that had germinated this season, reaching up into the faint light. “Good luck, [...]

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Latte Art

By |2019-10-02T07:37:57-04:00August 29th, 2019|Global Market Update|

Does your work get noticed? Photo: Burst. Source: Picography. CC0. I recently stopped at a roadside donut shop to get a quick cup of coffee, and the server took a little extra time with my latte. He handed it over with a vague, curious smile. Intrigued, I popped off the lid on my coffee cup before taking my first sip. Sure enough, there was a small “tree” in the milk foam, hidden from view. Since the store wasn’t busy, I asked him about his [...]

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Significant Curves

By |2019-08-28T06:50:07-04:00August 28th, 2019|Global Market Update|

Does the yield curve mean anything? Photo: Brian Carson. Source: Flikr. CC BY-SA-NC-2.0 When you’re zooming into a curvy section of the road, you need to slow down. It’s a simple matter of physics and engineering. A few years ago I was biking in the early morning and came into a curve too fast. I had good tires and a bike that was great around the corners. But there were wet leaves near the curb and my bicycle skidded out from under me. I [...]

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The Future of ‘Working’

By |2019-08-27T06:47:37-04:00August 27th, 2019|Global Market Update|

Where will your next job be? Photo: StockSnap. Source: Pixabay The nature of work is changing. What used to be a privilege is becoming a requirement. We start our days checking email on our smartphones, grab a muffin while we run out the door to meet with an old friend at the local coffee shop. That meeting becomes a networking opportunity, as we share memories, photos, and a business contact or two. Before we head into our “workplace,” we exchange a few notes with [...]

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Starting Out

By |2019-08-26T06:34:00-04:00August 26th, 2019|Global Market Update|

What does it take to get started fishing? Photo: Virginia State Parks. Source: Flikr. CC-BY-2.0 Not much: just a hook, a line, and some bait. I remember going fishing with my 5-year old cousin when I was a young boy myself. She was wiggling her drop-line off the side of our boat, but she would pull it away when the fish got close to her hook. “No no fishy,” she would say. “You’re too small!” She was so cute our parents barely noticed we [...]

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Y-Disruptors

By |2019-08-23T06:37:00-04:00August 23rd, 2019|Global Market Update|

Have you been to the ocean shore? Photo: Muhammad Light. Source: Pexels. The beach is a place of high energy. The ocean rolls in, wave after wave. There’s nothing to block the wind. Storms just increase the energy throughput. There’s something mesmerizing about going to the shoreline and seeing the surf. Whether it’s a beautiful sunny day or there’s dark clouds on the horizon, the ocean is a lovely place. It’s no surprise to see plants and animals disrupted by all the energy. Tidal [...]

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Mid-Life Tech?

By |2019-08-22T06:55:47-04:00August 22nd, 2019|Global Market Update|

Are tech companies having a mid-life crisis? Source: Goodfreephotos. CC0 They’ve been extraordinarily successful at search and ads and e-commerce. New devices are everywhere. The young companies Google and Facebook have a combined market cap of well over a trillion dollars, and they dominate the world. The founders are fabulously wealthy. By any account, these Silicon Valley startups are huge successes. But what are they accomplishing? They began by building a better search engine and a way to connect with friends and family. But [...]

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Market Lemmings?

By |2019-08-21T06:32:10-04:00August 21st, 2019|Global Market Update|

Is the market headed off a cliff? Photo: Rob Watling. Source: Flikr. CC-BY-ND 2.0 That’s what a lot of folks are saying. They cite our political mess, our slow-growth economy, negative interest rates in Europe, rising corporate leverage, and accounting tricks and they figure a crash must be coming. So, with the stock market close to its record high and bond yields near record lows, is it time to sell everything? The short answer is, probably not. It’s almost never a good idea to [...]

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Shareholders or Stakeholders?

By |2019-08-20T07:00:32-04:00August 20th, 2019|Global Market Update|

Do you like your boss? Photo: Bill Ingalls. Source: Flikr, NASA. Public Domain. A group of CEOs have decided that they don’t. The top brass at companies like JP Morgan, Apple, Johnson & Johnson, and Walmart have signed a statement moves their primary allegiance from shareholders to “stakeholders.” A stakeholder is someone who has a stake in a business, without necessarily committing capital. Employees, suppliers, communities, and customers are all stakeholders. They are all hurt if a company fails, and they want – in [...]

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Back to School?

By |2019-08-19T10:03:04-04:00August 19th, 2019|Global Market Update|

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