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The Economics and Politics of Russian Energy

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The Economics and Politics of Russian Energy

As the military tensions heat up between Russia and the Ukraine and the political tensions increase between the United States and Russia, this blog provides a brief summary of Russia’s energy importance. Russia is a major player in global energy and is particularly important for Europe and China. Table 1 below shows the 10 largest […]

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Long-term Inflation, Globalization and Supply Chains

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Long-term Inflation, Globalization and Supply Chains

Inflation has been a relatively hot topic of discussion with the annualized inflation rate hitting 7.5% in January, the highest rate since the early 1980s. Inflationary pressures resulted from a combination of increased demand as the economy rebounded from COVID, and reduced supply because of COVID related supply chain issues. This blog will look at […]

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The January Stock Market (and Interest Rates)

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The January Stock Market (and Interest Rates)

The stock market has been up, down, and all around in January. For the week ending Jan. 21, 2022, the S&P 500, a benchmark for large company stocks (a large-cap index), fell 5.7% and the NASDAQ, a technology heavy stock index, declined 7.6%. That was the worst week for the market since the first quarter […]

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CBEI Central Wisconsin Fall 2021 Report

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Interesting Times Recent times have been both interesting and challenging with the spread of the Delta variant interrupting a return to normalcy that we were all looking forward to. Now, the emergence of the Omicron variant promises to keep things interesting as we head into the holiday season and the new year. Speaking of interesting […]

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Insight Spotlight: Corporate Social Responsibility

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by Bo DeDeker, Ed.D.Assistant Professor of Accounting “Corporate social responsibility is not just about managing, reducing, and avoiding risk, it is about creating opportunities, generating improved performance, making money, and leaving the risks far behind.” –Sunil Misser, Head of Global Sustainability Practice, PwC Introduction Corporate sustainable responsibility (CSR) programs, combined with the advent of social […]

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The U.S. Economy: Like Nothing That You’ve Seen Part 3–Inflation

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The U.S. Economy – Like Nothing That You’ve Seen

Inflation Overview There are two broad factors that affect prices – supply and demand. Generally, inflation is caused when there is a change to one of these factors. If the supply of goods is reduced for a given demand, prices (inflation) will increase until a higher price level is reached that balances the demand to […]

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The U.S. Economy: Like Nothing That You’ve Seen Part 2–Labor Market

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The U.S. Economy – Like Nothing That You’ve Seen

The Labor Market Overview A collage of factors influenced the labor market in 2021, with some of those factors likely to continue impacting the labor market in 2022. The economic rebound of 2021 prompted a flurry of job openings; however, those job openings were not always filled, and talk of a “labor shortage” resulted. First, […]

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The U.S. Economy: Like Nothing That You’ve Seen Part 1–Economic Growth

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The U.S. Economy – Like Nothing That You’ve Seen

The events of the last two years are ones that few Americans thought they would ever see. The performance of the U.S. economy as we enter 2022 continues to be unprecedented in many ways. The gradual changes that typically occur in a normal business cycle for economic growth, the labor market, and inflation were replaced […]

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Would the U.S. Default on its Debt?

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Would the U.S. Default on its Debt?

Recent political discussions have included the possibility of the U.S. defaulting on its debt. That would be irresponsible, costly, and foolish. A quick review of why the discussion on the debt limit, commonly called the debt ceiling, is currently taking place. The debt limit is the maximum amount of debt that the Department of the […]

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COVID, Vaccination Rates and Supply Chains

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COVID, Vaccination Rates and Supply Chains

Unfortunately, COVID-19 is well into its second year of affecting supply chains, prices and product availability around the world. Global trade plays an extremely important role in product availability and pricing with supply chains playing a crucial role in both. In 2020 the COVID pandemic had a significant, negative impact on global trade and supply […]

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