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March 2015


Market and economic update: Fed meeting takes place amid a backdrop of softer U.S. economic data

The Fed appears to remain on a path to the end of its zero-interest-rate policy, despite softer U.S. economic data. The key drivers appear to remain employment and inflation data.

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Right-to-work: what it means for Wisconsin employers

Despite the significant media attention that has been given to Wisconsin’s recently enacted right-to-work legislation (2015 Wisconsin Act 1), the law is often misunderstood by employers, employees, and the public. This article will answer some frequently asked questions about the right-to-work law and how it impacts union security provisions.

Posted at 09:08 AM | Permalink | Comments


Market and economic update: Small businesses remain optimistic despite weather-related retail declines

U.S. economic data have been softer to start the year, despite very strong employment growth. Retail sales slowed for the third month in a row, dropping 0.6% in February and falling 2.3% over the past three months.

Posted at 09:21 AM | Permalink | Comments: 1


Staying the course with your investment goals

Daily market fluctuations highlight why a combination of discipline and perspective is key to reaching investment goals. One way to achieve this fine balance is by having a plan and sticking to it through all types of market conditions.

Posted at 01:15 PM | Permalink | Comments


Market and economic update: Consumers are saving their energy-cost windfalls

U.S. job growth has been impressive, with nonfarm payrolls adding 295,000 jobs in February and 3.3 million over the past year, the highest 12-month change in 15 years. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.5%, partially due to declining labor force participation, but also due to employment growth in the household survey.

Posted at 08:43 AM | Permalink | Comments


Why agility matters in today’s evolving business climate

In the current business technology lexicon, “agile” and “agility” have become almost as ubiquitous as “cloud” and “mobile.” With business executives and technical folks alike talking about the importance of being agile, it’s easy to lose track of knowing why agility matters.

Posted at 01:00 PM | Permalink | Comments


How well do you know worker rights? Take the employment law poster quiz

A worker’s right to minimum wage, overtime pay, and a safe work environment certainly is no secret. In fact, employees should be reminded of these rights every time they enter the workplace or stop by the break room.

Posted at 09:34 AM | Permalink | Comments


Market and economic update: U.S. economy grows as Europe, China, and Japan lag behind

World monetary policy, in general, remains on an easier path. The European Central Bank is set to implement its quantitative easing (QE) plan. In addition, China announced further interest rate cuts, and Japan remains committed to QE in support of Abenomics reforms.

Posted at 04:50 PM | Permalink | Comments


What Neil deGrasse Tyson can teach us about business

Do you recognize the name Neil deGrasse Tyson? He’s an astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, host of the 2014 version of the show Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. Why would this brilliant scientist be a regular guest on The Daily Show on Comedy Central? Why would he have made appearances on The Tonight Show and Late Night with Conan O’Brien?

Posted at 10:55 AM | Permalink | Comments: 1

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