A little over a week ago my husband and I travelled to Bloomington, Indiana to attend our older son’s graduation.  Neither one of us had attended our own college, or graduate school ceremonies, as they too were at very large universities and seemed somewhat impersonal.  So, we were impressed by how inspirational the IU graduation turned out to be.  Besides having our son be part of the graduating class of 2016, the commencement speaker, Jamie Hyneman made the ceremony particularly meaningful.  In fact, I think the “grownups” appreciated his advice and life experiences even more than the students, since we have a bit of perspective.  I have embedded the speech here, and think the 9 minutes it takes to watch it is worth the investment.


Nerd Alert on the Flat Yield Curve

by Marilou Long on May 16, 2016 in Economic Indicators
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Invictus Games Open in Orlando

by Marilou Long on May 9, 2016 in Recommended Reading

The Invictus Games kicked off today at Walt Disney World in Florida.  Prince Harry and Michele Obama gave opening speeches, and President Bush surprised Air Force Master Sgt. Israel del Toro on stage.  From the linked article: Still, the most ardent applause was for the athletes whose debilitating wounds have not stopped them,  here to […]

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Military Appreciation Month

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on May 3, 2016 in Tribute

In honor and remembrance of our outstanding Military, Crossvault would like to pay tribute to the three soldiers who have most recently lost their lives serving our country.  All died heroes.  The name of the most recent soldier killed in action by enemy fire, has yet to be released. “The slain serviceman is the third American soldier to […]

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Emerging Markets – “What Debt Cliff”

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on April 28, 2016 in currencies

Recently Ed Yardeni discussed the Emerging Markets’ debt crisis, or rather the lack thereof.  Some months ago I blogged about this potential debt crisis, and wrote about it as one of our concerns in a quarterly letter to clients.  Mr. Yardeni’s update is welcome news, and may mean this is one worry we can take […]

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A Good Explanation of The Internet of Things

by Marilou Long on April 26, 2016 in manufacturing
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Why oil prices may stay low for another few years

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on April 21, 2016 in Economic Indicators

This morning Ed Yardeni had some interesting comments about the excess of DUC’s, “drilled but uncompleted wells”.  He makes the argument that these DUC’s may keep the price of oil lower for longer.  While that may be a negative for industries and states that depend on higher prices, it may continue to be a big positive for […]

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China – Slowing Growth

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on April 15, 2016 in Economic Indicators

At Crossvault we are often asked what is going on in China, and why is their growth slowing?  This morning we received an update from George Friedman of Stratfor Research which I thought was worth passing along. “The Chinese economy expanded 6.7 percent year-on-year for the first quarter of the year, down from 6.8 percent in […]

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Jeffrey Immelt on “the moral fabric of America”

by Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler on April 8, 2016 in Employment

Yesterday in the Washington Post, Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric, finally hit back at the false rhetoric, and down right lies being propagated by some of the presidential candidates.  The following is an excerpt from the Op-Ed by Mr. Immelt. “GE has been in business for 124 years, and we’ve never been a big hit […]

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This is What a Crossvault Looks Like

by Marilou Long on April 7, 2016 in Crossvault Capital

From the beautiful 15th century gothic church Eglise St Nicolas in the village of Meursault in Burgundy.  My husband sent this to me.

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