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Wednesday / Dec 14, 2016 /

Trump! Impact on banking

AndyBusch / Blog / 0 Comments

President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are just starting to shape governmental policy as it relates to the financial services sector. There’s little doubt that Trump’s election portends major changes from the Obama administration. During the campaign, candidate Trump vowed to repeal Dodd-Frank (Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010) as is…

Wednesday / Nov 02, 2016 /

The 2016 Election: Congress

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While there has been tremendous interest in the race for the US president, there are also other important elections being held for various seats in the US Congress.  Every two years, all 435 members of the US House of Representatives are up for re-election and around one third of the 100 members US Senate.  In…

Friday / Sep 23, 2016 /

Fed Decides, Market Reacts

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What happened and what does it mean for business? The Fed met and decided to leave interest rates unchanged at +0.25-0.50%.  The Fed indicated strongly they would consider raising interest rates in the near term should economic conditions warrant it.  In their announcement, they said, “The Committee judges that the case for an increase in…

Monday / Aug 22, 2016 /

Comparing the new Trump and Clinton tax and economic plans

AndyBusch / Blog / 0 Comments

The U.S. 2016 presidential campaign moves from the convention floor to the next campaigning stage as both candidates update their strategies for how to increase economic growth.  With U.S. GDP at 1.2% for Q2 2016 and the average quarterly U.S. GDP for this recovery the weakest since WWII (use insert from WSJ here), there is…

Wednesday / Jul 13, 2016 /

Illinois Budget Agreement: a first step down a long road?

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As the final days of the Illinois general assembly came to a close, state representatives resolved to fund state programs through the end of the calendar year.  The budget will allow Illinois schools to open on time, will partially fund (with big strings attached) Chicago teacher pensions and will provide funding for humans services, which…

Tuesday / Jun 28, 2016 /

Brexit: What happened and how it will impact your business

AndyBusch / Blog / 0 Comments

In a referendum felt ‘round the world, UK voters decided it would be best to leave the European Union.  By a vote of 52-48, the “Leave” supporters have won and have thereby disrupted the trend towards progressively greater European integration that has been in place since World War II.  The immediate repercussions of the decision…

Wednesday / May 18, 2016 /

Illinois Budget Update

AndyBusch / Blog / 0 Comments

Since June 2015, the state of Illinois has operated without a budget.  Illinois is the lowest rated state in the nation and its bonds pay +2.5% interest rate points above the average AAA rated municipal bond.  Currently, the government has accumulated $7.5 billion in unpaid bills, a figure that the Illinois Comptroller estimates will soon…

Monday / Apr 25, 2016 /

3 Key Issues for the International Economy

AndyBusch / Blog / 0 Comments

At the March 16 Federal Reserve meeting, the central bank left interest rates and monetary policy unchanged.  Given the dramatic drop in the global stock and commodity markets over the last quarter, this came as little shock to the markets.  Given the continued recovery in the U.S. jobs situation with unemployment falling below 5.0%, there…

Wednesday / Apr 13, 2016 /

Comparing the Sanders and Clinton platforms on taxes and trade

AndyBusch / Blog / 0 Comments

The race to the Democratic 2016 presidential nomination continues to grow more interesting with each passing primary, Wisconsin providing the latest intrigue.  While once considered a “fringe” candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders has now reeled off victories in 6 out of the last 7 primaries and is not likely to drop out of the race any…

Friday / Mar 25, 2016 /

Clinton vs. Trump: tax and economic plans

AndyBusch / Blog / 1 Comment

This election season has been simply the story in the United States if not the world.  The emergence of billionaire Donald Trump and the presence of Hillary Clinton are providing the media with great story lines and captivating, if not sometimes crude, sound bites.  Sadly, the noise level has grown to such heights that the…