Category: Industry Ideas

2024 Outlook: A Look at The Markets

David Martin

To say that the markets finished 2023 on a strong note would be an understatement. While most of 2023 was characterized by extremely narrow leadership—with only a handful of mega-cap stocks gaining ground and the rest of the market languishing—that all changed around the start of November, when investors began…

Categories: Industry Ideas, The Market

Five Compelling Reasons to Rethink Social Security

Thad Schlaud

When it comes to planning for retirement, Social Security benefits have traditionally been viewed as a safety net for many individuals. However, in recent years, there has been growing concern about the long-term viability and sustainability of the Social Security system. As a result, it is becoming increasingly important…

Categories: Family, Industry Ideas

Warren Buffett’s Annual Letter to Shareholders

Thad Schlaud

An investing philosophy shaped from America’s Heartland since 1930. Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and revered as the Oracle of Omaha, released his annual letter to shareholders on Saturday, February 25th. While the entire 11-page letter is great reading for all investors, here are a few snippets…

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Increasing Productivity with Lean Thinking

Thad Schlaud

More than just a manufacturing process tool, lean thinking is a holistic program designed to transform a company’s entire business strategy. Boosting profits and competitiveness by making continuous improvements in production costs, product quality, customer service, and delivery are the goals of the lean model. Companies that apply lean production…

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FTX Was Waving the Same Madoff Red Flags

Thad Schlaud

In the span of just a few days, cryptocurrency exchange FTX – the world’s third largest cryptocurrency exchange with more than 1 million users – filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A few days later, cryptocurrency lender BlockFi announced that it was “not able to do business as usual” and paused…

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Your Retirement Planning: “Too Big to Fail”

Thad Schlaud

Many of us remember the phrase “too big to fail” from the 2008 financial crisis and cringe now that its use has been resurrected during the coronavirus pandemic. Others remember that the term was also used in 1984 by U.S. Congressman Stewart McKinney when he talked about the FDIC’s intervention…

Categories: Industry Ideas, The Market

Third Quarter 2021 Market Review and Outlook

David Martin

All good things must come to an end. The cascading of bad news at the end of September was finally too much for what had been a historically resilient stock market. Global supply chain disruptions, soaring energy prices, COVID-19, stalled infrastructure bills, inflation worries, Chinese contagion fears, and a looming…

Categories: Industry Ideas, The Market