What is risk really all about?

What is risk really all about?

I was reading my email this morning, and I came across this query: “What were you doing at this time last year?” I wondered, so I checked my calendar. I realized I had been writing the following article that I think remains relevant, especially after the downturn last...
Build an investment bridge over troubled waters

Build an investment bridge over troubled waters

I’ve always loved bridges. Their ability to connect two land masses, allowing people to explore what’s on the other side, has continually captivated me. Here in Michigan, we have the longest suspension bridge (between anchorages) in the world. The Mackinac Bridge, or...
It’s the economy. Or are we stupid?

It’s the economy. Or are we stupid?

Back in 1992, in the early days of a presidential election year, Bill Clinton’s campaign manager, James Carville, famously wrote on the campaign’s office whiteboard, “The economy, stupid!” He was reminding the campaign staff that the economy, then deep in a recession,...
In the eye of the beholder?

In the eye of the beholder?

My favorite flower is now in bloom here in Michigan. Yet most people consider the fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium) just what its name implies: a weed, not a flower. However, once you’ve seen, as I have, the plains and foothills of Alaska covered with a veritable...