Economic Commentary

Current economic data and news seems mostly positive, and yet there are those who are uneasy about the near-term future and seem increasingly convinced that a recession is not far off. Why is there seemingly a disconnect between the current condition and what lies ahead of us? In this month’s article, we will try to […]

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Greenleaf Trust announces CFP® Certification

Senior Wealth Management Associate Garrett Urman, CFP®, has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements. Garrett is responsible for the development of comprehensive wealth management plans, the execution of goal-based planning […]

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Economic Commentary

I think we can all agree that the crisis we find ourselves in does not come with a step-by-step instruction book of solutions. The way out is complicated, includes self-sacrifice, social order of the highest degree, individual and societal self-discipline and the abandonment of political self-interests. You may observe this list of requirements and say, […]

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Michigan Economic Update

This article continues our annual summer tradition of evaluating the health of the Michigan economy. In this article, we will cover (1) the labor market, (2) the auto industry, and (3) home prices. Last year, we wrote about the robust recovery underway in the labor market, projected stability in the auto industry, and accelerating home […]

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Economic Commentary

We all run across quotes from a variety of sources during the course of our lives. Some of those quotes stick with us for any number of personal reasons. Close to twenty years ago a person who I think is a really talented behavioral scientist said “Big people share and little people keep secrets.” I […]

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Economic Commentary

During the month of January, our team at Greenleaf Trust traveled throughout our geographical markets presenting our 2019 Year in Review and 2020 forecast for the economy and financial markets. It was my privilege to join Nick Juhle, our senior vice president and director of research, as well as Chris Burns, a senior fixed income […]

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Greenleaf Trust Expands into Great Lakes Bay Region with New Midland Office

Greenleaf Trust’s expansion into Great Lakes Bay Region featured on Yahoo! Read more here.

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Economic Commentary

Federal Reserve Chairman Powell gave a recent speech titled “Building on the gains from the long expansion.” Within the speech, Powell focused on two important themes: maintaining a stable and reliable pace of two percent inflation and, somewhat surprisingly, spreading the benefits of employment more widely. Part of the Fed’s stated mandate has always been […]

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Greenleaf Trust announces CFP® Certification

Senior Manager Selection Analyst Jacob Barker, CFA, CFP® has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements. Jacob has worked at Greenleaf Trust since 2018, and is responsible for supporting the evaluation, […]

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Greenleaf Trust announces promotion

Greenleaf Trust is proud to announce the promotion of Mandi Doster to estate settlement coordinator: Greenleaf Trust is pleased to announce the promotion of Mandi Doster to estate settlement coordinator in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the estate settlement team and providing comprehensive administrative support. She drives an efficient workflow […]

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