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World stock markets rallied Wednesday amid signs that the American recovery could be gaining traction – led partly by factory output – and relief that Europe might be on the verge of finding some much-needed leadership on its widening financial crisis.
Public anger at Goldman Sachs is the vehicle being used to force through sweeping financial reform legislation. In the public’s mind, Goldman has come to symbolize the self-interested corruption at the heart of modern finance. The legal discussion about Goldman seems to center on whether Goldman had a conflict of interest. Goldman doesn’t have a […]
I am frequently asked to comment on the Goldman Sachs controversy and the pending financial reform legislation. The legal discussion about Goldman seems to center on whether Goldman had a conflict of interest. Goldman doesn’t HAVE a conflict of interest. Goldman IS a conflict of interest. They are not unique among major financial institutions. They […]
Commercial lending is still tight, but some loan programs could loosen credit. Take a look at the vacancy signs and darkened storefronts and you start to get the picture that prospects for lending in the commercial real estate market aren’t yet bright.
The Nicolet Bank Business Pulse improved to 99.9 — up from 80.5 last quarter and from 63.8 the quarter before — when The Pulse reached its lowest point since its inception in Quarter 4, 2001. The 99.9 last quarter is the eighth consecutive quarter below 100 on the index. The Business Pulse continues to show […]
Community banks that received TARP money are bristling at the daily criticism from Washington that they are misspending the funds. Last week’s release of an audit from TARP’s Special Inspector General (SIGTARP) that detailed TARP spending didn’t help matters. “Nobody wants to stand up for the good bankers in this deal,” says Robert B. Atwell, […]
Business owners and CEOs say we haven’t hit bottom yet, and many expect things will get worse over the course of this year.
From its lowest point ever recorded, The Nicolet Bank Business Pulse© improved to 80.5 at the End of the First Quarter. Today, the Confidence of CEOs and Business Owners is up from its all-time low of 63.8 at the end of Q4/08.
Nicolet National Bank is featured as a business leader in response to what the Federal Reserve said last week as it expects the economy to improve in the coming months, but at a slow pace. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues continue to believe that business sales and factory production will begin to recover […]
It’s a scary time for municipal bond investors. Declining home values and fewer building permits are among the factors driving down revenue from property taxes and fees. Almost anywhere you look, the collections that fund interest payments to municipal bondholders are declining, said Michael J. Steppe, a partner at Brookfield Investment Partners LLC. A veteran […]