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  • Thought Leader Don Lloyd: “Where is Inflation? That is The Big Question.”

    The global markets have been calm recently, but Don Lloyd (SVP & Manager of Capital Markets, Foreign Exchange, Rates Swaps, And Commodity Derivatives at Associated Bank) always has his eyes on something influencing the markets. Steve Grzanich sat down with this week’s Associated Bank Market Thought Leader to look at US markets and its goal to revamp interest rates. Steve and Don also touched on the impact geopolitical negotiations happening and how financial traders have learned to wait until the […]

  • Associated Bank Market Outlook: 4/26/18

    On April 26th, 2018 Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers: The Commerce Department releases the March report on durable goods today along with international trade in goods Freddie Mac reveals this week’s average mortgage rates American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Union Pacific, United Parcel Service, General Motors, PepsiCo, Amazon, Microsoft and Starbucks are reporting earnings today

  • The Opening Bell 4/26/18: 53% of Americans Aged 60 or Older are Pushing Off Retirement

    Things around the world seem to be quiet right now, but when will they bubble up next? Steve Grzanich and Don Lloyd (SVP & Manager of Capital Markets, Foreign Exchange, Rates Swaps, And Commodity Derivatives at Associated Bank) kicked off the show with the weekly Associated Bank Market Thought Leader conversation learning about the interest rates that are driving markets in the US and around the globe. Michael Erwin (Director of Global Corporate Communications and Social Media at Career Builder) […]

  • Wintrust Business Lunch 4/25/18: Buying Treasury Bills & SOS Children’s Villages

    A shortened day due to the White Sox game, Steve Bertrand was able to focus on breaking down the market news with Terry Savage and how she explained to listeners that for those who are invested in treasury notes are very happy because of higher interest rates. Then Tim McCormick (CEO of SOS Children’s Village of Illinois) made the case for innovative foster care that is helping kids find success in communities along with some help from Wintrust Community Banks. […]

  • The Opening Bell 4/25/18: Can You Guess How Much Food Americans Waste Every Day?

    Sustainability is one of the major focuses in any industry today, and when a company in Iceland finds a sustainably sourced medical product, it has the potential to translate that to patient success. Steve Grzanich touched base with  Dr. Michael Doyle (Medical Director at Med-Surge Distribution and Consulting) & Dr. Patrick McEneaney (Pediatric Surgeon, Wound Care Specialist and owner of Northern Illinois Foot and Ankle Specialists) to talk about how Kerecis Ltd is using Icelandic fish skin as a human skin […]

  • Associated Bank Market Outlook: 4/25/18

    On April 25th, 2018 Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers: The MBA has the number of Mortgage Applications out today The EIA Petroleum Status Report is due today At&T, Chipotle, Comcast, Ebay, Ford, Dr. Pepper Snapple, Facebook, Twitter & Boeing all report earnings today

  • Wintrust Business Lunch 4/24/18: Hart Schaffner Marx, Crafty, & The Importance of Dissent

    The market had a great start today, but struggled its way through the afternoon. Steve Bertand and Jon Najarian looked at the biggest factor that contributed to one of the largest dips of the year. Jennifer Keegan then joined Steve to discuss the historic business run from Hart Schaffner Marx, the one stop office food and beverage provider, Crafty, helped fill a market need with kegs in the office, and Kelly Leonard explained how dissent is vital in business based […]

  • Associated Bank Market Outlook: 4/24/18

    On April 24th, 2018 Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers: The S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index is out today along with the FHFA House Price Index and new home sales Caterpillar, CyberOptics Corp, Commonwealth Financial, Huntington Bank Shares, Hitachi, Harley-Davidson report earnings today

  • The Opening Bell 4/24/18: What Starbucks Needs To Do To Bounce Back After Arrests

    This past month, Starbucks experienced a difficult business situation after a store manager called the police on two black men waiting for a friend. This sparked national outcry, accusing the coffee company as having a racial bias. Steve Grzanich discussed the delicate decisions ahead with Doug Harris (CEO of Kaleidoscope Group) and shared his perspective on what Starbucks should do to regain trust from customers. Lisa Bertagnoli (Nonprofits Reporter at Crains Chicago Business) about how business are turning to ex-convicts […]

  • Wintrust Business Lunch 4/23/18: Protein Hummus, Chicago River Development, & Facebook Secrets

    The Chicago Inno crew stopped by today to chat with Steve Bertrand about the latest from the Amazon HQ2 search, what Venmo is doing, and a new protein packed hummus thanks to the stories from Jim Dallke and Katherine Davis. Margaret Frisbie explained what it takes to take on the grand plans for developing the Chicago River, and Randi Shaffer justified why having an online presence might help in the long term.