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

In The Big Short, Michael Lewis provides a fascinating look into the mortgage securitization market and how its collapse lead to the Great Recession. The book provides good insight into the recent allegations against Goldman Sachs. Lewis also provides a very interesting opinion on the root cause of the recent turmoil in the financial markets.

Sometimes we Baby Boomers don’t quite understand the next generation that will one day be leading our companies and the country. The Harvard Business Review takes a good look at this topic in its feature Leadership: The Next Generation. Three articles give insight into how this generation thinks and acts and how this will likely affect our businesses in the future. Understanding these issues should help all of us as the new generation begins to exert greater influence.


Read More Text: The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis.

Read More Article: Leadership: The Next Generation from The Harvard Business Review.

We have all been wondering about the lingering effects from the housing crisis. When will we get back to normal and what will that look like? The author of the attached article believes that conventional suburbs are overbuilt and permanently out of favor. This conclusion is driven by a combination of higher transportation costs and a choice of younger homeowners to live in more walk-able neighborhoods. Established patterns of behavior change slowly but this trend is something we all need to consider.      

Read More Article: Here Comes the Neighborhood compliments of The Atlantic.

Just in case you think all is lost in the State of Michigan, there are good things happening in our area.  The attached CNN Money article reviews the transformation of Grand Rapids that has occurred in the last few years. 

Read More Article: A Michigan Success Story from CNN Money.

Is it just me or does the world seem more difficult lately?  Hopefully it is not just another indication that I am getting older.   

The economy is confusing and complex, political alliances seem uncertain and changing, technology is fluid, and the political environment has never been more fluid. As our environment becomes more complex, we all become more uncertain about what we should do in our personal and business lives. This article will provide you a different perspective on the role of change and complexity in our lives.


Read more article: It's Complicated from The New York Times.

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