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September 2015


Finishing strong

I want to thank In Business and Harbor Athletic Club for the opportunity to participate in this year’s Get Fit Challenge. I went into it hoping to lose a few pounds and learn more about nutrition and fitness, but I’ve come away with so much more.

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U.S. economy remains on solid footing, especially if you look beyond the last month

Through the lens of last week’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting it became easy to see the negatives in current economic data. Inflation continues to slow in the United States and around the world. Retail sales growth has stagnated, industrial production fell in August, and housing data has softened.

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In defense of WEDC

The last month has been a field day for critics of Gov. Scott Walker’s embattled Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. They say it can’t be fixed. It’s a mess. We should throw it out and start over.

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Workplace violence – A hidden national tragedy

The murder of two Virginia news journalists on live TV by a disgruntled former station employee creates a sense of vulnerability in all of us. How can good people, merely doing their jobs, lose their lives at work? Though incidents of fatalities are rare, the Roanoke, Va., violence reminds us that such workplace acts are not rare enough. In fact, there are 2 million workers per year who are victims of some sort of workplace violence. So what can employees and employers do to reduce this risk?

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The markets wait on the Fed decision

Last week’s economic data may have little impact on this week’s Federal Reserve decision. In our view, odds are low that the Fed will raise rates on Thursday at the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.

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Defining my new normal

What a crazy and rewarding 25 weeks it has been. My challenge officially started with my check-in on March 8 and ended the last week of August. Because I was super motivated, I started on my own on March 1. There are so many things I’ve learned and highlights I have to share, so let’s commence with my top 11 countdown.

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Holiday weekend grants markets much-needed breather

This week’s Labor Day holiday, along with the holiday closure of China markets last week, helped ease market volatility. Risk remains a key factor for markets, especially given the following: 1) China policy tools in the face of a falling domestic equity market and a slowing economy, and 2) uncertainty around Federal Reserve lift-off from their zero interest rate policy. The August employment report, released last week, failed to make clear the likely Fed action.

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Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel

As I’m writing this, I realize I am the poster child of weight-loss failures — and the thought of it does not place me in a good frame of mind.

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And the stock market outlook is … who cares?!

The recent volatility in the markets has stirred a lot of heartburn with investors. Financial outlets such as CNBC are going crazy with prognosticators predicting what the market is going to do next. This is great entertainment, but it shouldn’t guide you as an investor.

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Benefiting from Wisconsin’s condominium law

Traditionally, real estate ownership has been limited to two-dimensional platted parcels of land, with limited opportunities to stack “vertical ownership” on a parcel. The limitations of two-dimensional ownership make it very difficult to create vertical developments that can be separately owned and financed. The condominium form of ownership allows for three-dimensional, stacked ownership of property interests upon an underlying two-dimensional parcel, which permits great flexibility in providing multiple ownership and financing opportunities.

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The good war

“War! Huh, yeah. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!” Not so fast, when it comes to M&A.

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The who is what truly matters

While many school systems throughout our nation have already opened their doors, we can safely assume that in the next two weeks all schools — public and private — will welcome about 55 million students nationwide to the 2015/16 school year. About one sixth of our nation’s entire population will be attending school anywhere from kindergarten through 12th grade.

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U.S. markets likely to see more volatility in September

Solid U.S. economic data helped create a bounce in equity markets last week. Market volatility continues to draw the lion’s share of attention and volatility appears to be driven more by uncertainty around potential Federal Reserve actions and the implications of market declines in China.

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Engage employees to make cool choices

Are your employees willing to put in the extra effort it takes to delight a customer? Do they live your brand? Are they emotionally committed to your organization and its goals?

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In search of the missing puzzle piece

For the average person, finding a balance between your work and personal life can be a challenge. When you add fitness into the equation, it can become a real juggling act.

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Lessons in motivation

We’ve come to the end of the six-month challenge and are now reflecting upon what we’ve learned, what has worked for us, and what hasn’t. We realized in the beginning that each of us have very busy work and home lives and it wasn’t feasible to work out as a team; we did meet regularly to check in with one another and offer support and accountability as needed.

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