September 24, 2018

September 24, 2018

The Markets Did you hear the news? A tech company introduced a microwave you can turn on using Wi-Fi – as long as you have one of the company’s voice assistants at home, reported Kaitlyn Tiffany of Vox. Soon, the voice assistants will be built with neural networks...
90-Day Legacy

90-Day Legacy

Imagine, if you will indulge me, that you have only 90 days with which to live.  You won’t suffer.  You know the day, and you have the next 90 days to spend however you wish. I know that it may be a horribly morbid exercise for you, but I am hopeful that I will make...
September 17, 2018

September 17, 2018

The Markets All investors are consumers, but not all consumers are investors. The September installment of University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Survey reported Americans are feeling pretty optimistic. Consumer sentiment rose to the second highest level since...
September 10, 2018

September 10, 2018

The Markets Remember: Volatility is normal. Major U.S. stock market indices climbed into record territory during August. They gave back some gains last week. Peter Wells of Financial Times explained: “Speculation about a fresh round of tariffs on Chinese imports from...
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island

As a boy growing up in Traverse City, my family would usually venture to the magical island between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan that we affectionately call Mackinac (or Mackinaw if you prefer).  We never stayed overnight on the Island, just day trips. ...
September 4, 2018

September 4, 2018

The Markets Where is our country’s biggest export market? Markets were fired up last week after the United States and Mexico agreed on new trade rules. The Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) Index reached an all-time high and finished the month of August up about...