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  • SINGE USE ONLY TOB 5/22/19

    The German Company Disrupting The U.S. Grocery Market

    Aldi’s have been popping up all around the U.S. in the recent years and the success has followed. Katrijn Gielens (Associate Professor of Marketing at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina) sorted through the little details with Steve Grzanich that are making Aldi a top five grocer in the country and Lidl making strides to get close.  


    The Opening Bell 5/22/19: 10% of Tax Payers Think It’s OK To Cheat on Income Taxes

    The IRS gains fruitful information about the economy through their surveys and tax payer data, but Andrew Keshner (Reporter at MarketWatch) explained to Steve Grzanich that the IRS learned 10% of tax payers think its ok to cheat on their income taxes. The two sorted through that surprising data and other areas of concerns after the release of this year’s report on Monday. The focus then shifted to the grocery industry where two German grocery store chains are disrupting the […]

  • Associated Bank Market Outlook: 5/22/19

    On March 22nd, 2019 Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers: The Federal Open Market Committee minutes from their most recent meeting will be released Mortgage Bankers Association releases weekly mortgage applications Target, Lowe’s, and L Brand report earnings today


    Wintrust Business Lunch 5/21/19: Brothel Economics, Chicago Business Under Mayor Lightfoot, & Emanuel’s Next Job

    It seems like old news that more tariffs were being thrown around between the U.S. and China, but Jon Najarian explained to Steve Bertrand that they are still impacting markets and its evident in the Chinese markets. Kelly Leonard is sharing the economics behind one of the oldest business practices that is still around today, Margaret Mueller is tapping into the pulse of the business scene under Mayor Lightfoot, and Amy Guth found out what former Mayor Emanuel’s next job […]


    The Opening Bell 5/21/19: FOMO Might Actually Be Driving The Economy…

    FOMO means “the fear of missing out” – sort of the modern age adaption of “Keeping up with the Joneses”. Ken Novak (VP and Sr. Financial Consultant at Schwab) explained to Steve Grzanich that now we’re in the social media age, people are influenced in the way they spend because of that FOMO. The two discussed how this has shaped the 2019 Modern Wealth Survey. The focus then shifted to North Central College where Connor McGury (Entrepreneur in Residence at […]


    The North Central College Coffee Lab Bringing Students Together

    The coffee business is a booming industry and brings people together, whether it’s sharing a simple cup or the business of roasting. Connor McGury (Entrepreneur in Residence at North Central College) joined Steve Grzanich to discuss the start of a new coffee lab at North Central College that’s bringing students together with a number of different academic backgrounds through the idea of social entrepreneurship.  

  • Associated Bank Market Outlook: 5/21/19

    On March 21st, 2019 Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers: Existing Home Sales are out this morning (expecting an increase in data) Raphael Bostic and Charles Evans are out speaking on behalf of the Federal Reserve Kohls, Nordstrom, Urban Outfitter, TJX and others report earnings today


    Wintrust Business Lunch 5/20/19: Mayor Lightfoot on Chicago Business, Gen Z Buying Homes, & Ford Job Cuts

    Lori Lightfoot is now officially the Mayor of Chicago but Chicago Inno is still curious to see where her perspective towards business in Chicago will take the city. Steve Bertrand checked in on where Jim Dallke and Katherine Davis see the mayor shaping business scene but also discussed the newest dating app where money is a very important factor. Ilyce Glink is looking at the generation that might be the ones to save the housing market in the near future, […]

  • The Opening Bell 5/20/19: Celebrating A Decade In The Chicago Restaurant Industry

    The restaurant scene is cut a throat business with high turnover but Chicago has experienced a lot of success. Steve Grzanich picked out one of the notable players who celebrated the ten year anniversary of Sunda with Billy Dec (Emmy Award winning TV Host, CEO of Rockit Ranch Productions and Owner of Sunda Restaurants) to learn about how he became a Chicago industry veteran and the other projects on the horizon from Rockit Rranch Productions.  

  • Associated Bank Market Outlook: 5/20/19

    On March 20th, 2019 Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers: The Chicago Fed National Activity Index is out today A number of speakers are out speaking about monetary policy on behalf of the Federal Reserve Existing Home Sales report is out tomorrow

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