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Hear from the founder of Lake Michigan Financial Corporation, Rich Lievense, and his insight on what this blog encompasses.

Infamous frauds and financial crises have wrecked the public’s faith in business in recent years.  This led many companies to try to repair the damage by emphasizing codes of ethics.  But we do not have a crisis of ethics in business today.  We have a crisis of trust. 

Read "Trust Me" from The Wall Street Journal.

With all the talk of runaway health care spending in this country, one company serving Medicare patients has discovered how to provide better patient care at lower cost – with wireless scales, free transportation, toenail trimmings, and doctors who put the patient first. There does appear to be common sense solutions to this difficult and important problem. 

Read "The Quiet Health-Care Revolution" from The Atlantic.

As a young artillery captain  in the Revolutionary War, Alexander Hamilton learned a crucial lesson:  Good Credit, based on the power to tax, is essential to a nation’s security.  As the first U.S. Treasury Secretary, he built America’s fiscal policy on that principal.  We are listening to calls for lower taxes and maintenance of defense, social security, and Medicare expenditures.  The basic credit-worthiness of the country hangs in the balance. 

The article "Debt and Dumb" from Vanity Fair provides a historical perspective to our current state of affairs. 


The recent recession and slow recovery have often been compared to the decade of the 1930’s.  This article reminds us that while the 30’s were one of the most difficult decades, important secular change occurred that set the stage for an economic miracle beginning in the 40’s and 50’s.  This article provides wonderful historical perspective on our current economic environment. 

Read "The Depression: If Only Things Were That Good" from The New York Times.


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