Disconnect Between Main Street and Wall Street

Paul FennerBusiness & Economics

It seems like the only time the financial media begins to talk about disconnects between Main Street and Wall Street is when Wall Street stock prices begin to take a tumble as they have thus far in 2016.  This typically results in discussions about a potential recession.  However, media coverage is usually quite light when stock prices are rising even … Read More

Who Knows What OmniChannel Means?

Paul FennerBusiness & Economics

Have you ever seen or heard of the Merriam-Webster word of the year?  In passing, I have seen this on occasional years but if I had to pick a word that I saw most often in my research that became somewhat valuable in trying to understand companies, that word would be…..OmniChannel. So what does OmniChannel mean and where is it used … Read More

Why Retail Stores are the New Black

Paul FennerBusiness & Economics

Scott Galloway

For those of you who have not had a chance to check out Barry Ritholtz’s Masters in Business series over at Bloomberg, I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.  Barry has been at this for over a year now interviewing some of the top people in business (not only in finance), academia, and a few in the … Read More

The Shrinkage Effect in the Stock Market

Paul FennerBusiness & Economics

I came across two articles recently The Shrinkage Effect in the Stock Market and The bull market is all about the shrinking supply of stocks with the same point but coming at it from two different angles. There has been a significant increase in the repurchase of shares by companies There are fewer stocks to choose from in the U.S. equity markets … Read More

Robot Maker Fanuc Bets on Artificial Intelligence

Paul FennerBusiness & Economics

How about robots that can repair themselves?  According to this WSJ article, the future may not be too far away. Fanuc, a Japanese company and maker of robots has purchased a 6% stake in Preferred Networks, a start-up focused on artificial intelligence.  I have owned Fanuc in the past although we do not currently own any shares. Personally, I had first-hand … Read More

How The Economic Machine Works by Ray Dalio

Paul FennerBusiness & Economics

Anyone interested in a introductory lesson on how the economy works this 30 minute below by Ray Dalio is a great educational tool.  Ray Dalio is the legendary investor and founder of investment firm Bridgewater Associates.

The Growing Gap in Wealth Inequality

Paul FennerBusiness & Economics

As this Business Insider article points out that extrapolating the future based upon past trends is never a sure-fire answer.  The chart below points out the growing disconnect between those that have the most wealth and those that do not.  Stagnant wage growth especially here in the U.S. has not helped the masses while those of you participating in the … Read More

7 Entrepreneurial Lessons From “Shark Tank”

Paul FennerBusiness & Economics

I’m not sure how many of you spend your Friday evening watching TV but with triplets, I don’t venture out all of that much.  So if you ever find yourself looking for something to watch on those Friday’s I highly recommend Shark Tank on ABC. The show introduces budding entrepreneurs to business moguls such as Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Barbara … Read More