Keeping a Family Business in the Family

One of the most important responsibilities we have when helping families with closely held businesses is to help them realize potential estate planning opportunities and/or problems. A classic example is with the Green Bay Packaging Inc. that was founded in 1933 by George Kress.  The firm manufactures corrugated packaging, folding cartons, coated labels, and related […]

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Market centered vs client centered

Fight the perverse human urges to react to market movements. When stock indexes are making new highs, as they did several weeks ago, many feel the urge to get on board. When stock prices are moving down, the all too common impulse is to sell before prices move even lower. The evidence which proves such […]

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Ask a Trust Officer: Stock Market Highs

Dear Trust Officer: The S&P 500 stock index has reached new highs. Should I consider selling now? — Prosperous but worried DEAR PROSPEROUS BUT WORRIED: Passing a stock index milestone is not a signal to buy or sell.  However, it does focus attention on the market, and it may cause some investors to evaluate their […]

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Fundamental Investing

It was reported a record breaking 43,000 people attended Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting in Omaha on Saturday. I have not seen a count for this year’s meeting but in 2018, Yahoo Finance, who streams the meeting live, estimated 35 million viewers tuned in to watch the event online. Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger must be […]

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