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Monday / Jan 23, 2017 /

Trump! Impact on business

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The Trump administration era starts and begins the process towards shaping government policy as it relates to US business.  Without question, this will be a major shift in priorities and policies away from the path set by the Obama presidency.  During the campaign and after, Trump and his Cabinet nominees have vowed to reduce business…

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Friday / Jan 13, 2017 /

Trump! Impact on agriculture

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As the nation prepares for a new president, President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the final stages of picking the personnel to shape and enforce agriculture policy.  During the campaign, candidate Trump created an agriculture advisory panel to aid him with issues in this space.  Republican Governors Terry Branstad of Iowa, Sam…

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Monday / Jan 02, 2017 /

Trump! Impact on wealth management

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The election of Donald Trump, along with a unified Republican Congress, has generated tremendous anticipation for potential changes in the financial services sector.  As a candidate, Trump ran on a platform of reforming the Dodd-Frank and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  This is consistent with current Republican policy in both the US House of Representatives…

Thursday / Dec 22, 2016 /

Trump! Impact on insurance

AndyBusch / Blog / 0 Comments

The election of Donald Trump with a unified Republican Congress has generated tremendous anticipation for potential changes in the financial services sector.  As a candidate, Trump ran on a platform of reforming the Affordable Care Act and Dodd-Frank.  This is consistent with Republican policy in both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate. …

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Thursday / Dec 15, 2016 /

Fed Hikes Rates in December, More Coming?

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What happened and what it means for business On December 14, 2016, the US Federal Reserve met and decided to raise interest rates 25 basis points. The target overnight Fed Funds rate was raised from 0.25%-0.50% to 0.50% to 0.75%. In the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) statement, they said, “The Committee expects that, with…

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…

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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

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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…