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Tariffs – Where are we now?

Tariffs – Where are we now?

August 21, 2019

As published in Forefront By Carolyn Riegler In June of 2018, I discussed the correlation between automotive and agricultural products in the world trade balance equation. For every tariff the U.S. implements, the countries impacted, were implementing retaliatory tariffs on… Continue Reading  

Does the impact of mobile payments technology impact the economy?

Does the impact of mobile payments technology impact the economy?

August 21, 2019

As published in Forefront By Andrew Malec, Ph.D. Over the past two decades, digital services have transformed economies and lives across the world. Smartphones and mobile phone apps have affected our everyday lives from the way we commute (e.g., Uber,… Continue Reading  

How Fintech Apps Embrace Behavioral Economics

How Fintech Apps Embrace Behavioral Economics

August 21, 2019

As published in Forefront By Anson Smuts As mentioned previously, disruption of the financial industry has been similar to that of other industries, with start-ups offering accessible, affordable and technology-driven services to capture market share. However, the disruption caused by… Continue Reading  

Residential Real Estate Disrupters

Residential Real Estate Disrupters

August 21, 2019

The practice of making it easier to buy and sell real estate without the middle man puts fear in the minds of traditional brokers and agents. My motto is, if you can’t beat them, join them. Technology is changing the way… Continue Reading  

Fintech: Competition or Cooperation?

Fintech: Competition or Cooperation?

August 21, 2019

As published in Forefront By Susan Koss Seemingly overnight, Fintech has become engrained into our everyday lives without us even realizing it. When you place an order on your phone for a quick pick up at your favorite coffee shop, you… Continue Reading  

Liquidating Trusts: Providing Maximum Recovery to Creditors

Liquidating Trusts: Providing Maximum Recovery to Creditors

August 20, 2019

As published in Forefront By Katie Montague Liquidating trusts are used in various circumstances in and out of bankruptcy filings, including when an entity has assets that are difficult to liquidate, the creditors come to an agreement to liquidate the… Continue Reading  

Michigan’s agricultural economy: how are we doing and what comes next?

Michigan’s agricultural economy: how are we doing and what comes next?

August 14, 2019

As published in The Grand Rapids Legal News By Stephen Weber This spring, we saw some of the worst planting weather in recent memory. Cool spring temperatures and heavy rains severely impacted not just Michigan’s farmers, but also those in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. Early spring rains… Continue Reading  

How Companies Can Prepare as the Economy Slows Down

How Companies Can Prepare as the Economy Slows Down

April 26, 2019

As published in dbusiness.com By Keith Chulumovich Depending on where you get your economic news, everyone is opining on the timing and severity of an upcoming economic downturn. Up until now, times have been good. Owners, investors, and bankers are… Continue Reading  

Retail today: Adapting, evolving and embracing technology

Retail today: Adapting, evolving and embracing technology

April 26, 2019

As published in RetailCustomerExperience.com By Patrick O’Keefe As traditional retail struggles in many ways with new realities, there exist a pair of myths that persist and pervade most conversations related to the industry. They are: • Retail brick and mortar… Continue Reading  

Federal Government is Puffing Marijuana Profits & Cashing Their Tax Base

Federal Government is Puffing Marijuana Profits & Cashing Their Tax Base

April 25, 2019

As published in Forefront By Matthew Rizzo The marijuana industry is experiencing profitability issues due to many factors that will no doubt also affect business in Michigan. Federal income taxes are higher for businesses in the marijuana industry due to… Continue Reading