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Monday Morning Quarterback-5/2/2016

Posted by: Andrew Schmitt | Posted on: May 2nd, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Rouen Group-Monday Morning Quarterback
May 2nd, 2016

The Buzz:
A few fun and thought-provoking items to start your Monday Morning:
It’s Hard:
It is hard being a Minnesota Twins fan. The team was swept by the Tigers this weekend dropping them a record of 7-18. If you think you could do better at the plate then this bunch watch this video and get back to me. (watch)

Debbie Downer:
The rise of the “anti-establishment”politician (Trump/Sanders) has less to do with frustration with the “establishment” and more about frustration with the crumbling state of the economy. Wages in real dollars peaked 40 years ago and the poorest 40% of Americans spend 50% of their income on food and housing. If you want to understand the voter angst, check out this article (here)

How Bout A Beer:
We are excited to work with the exploding craft beer industry. Yesterday we got to help MN Beer Activists and LTD Brewing promote the launch of Sunday Sales Pale Ale. (watch). Earlier in the week we helped our client Uteplis Brewing with their groundbreaking (read)

On The Trail:
Your Political News For The Day:

Is Minneapolis Crumbling?:
The recent City Pages had the twitterversse a buzz when they published a scathing report on the city’s financial picture and they placed the blame at the feet of former Mayor R.T. Rybak.(read)

Trump Isn’t Going to Win Minnesota:
It really isn’t news that Hillary Clinton is ahead of Donald Trump by 13 points in Minnesota. Minnesota has not voted for a Republican for President since 1972. What is interesting about this new poll is where Trump and Clinton do well and how that may impact state legislative races. (read)

The Numbers:
Here are some numbers that make the world easier to understand:

The Average cost of going to prom. Much of that money is spent on the “promposal.” I hope that trend dies before my boys get to high school. (read)

Minnesota insurance companies pay up to 50 percent more than the national average for many health care services, according to research published Wednesday. (read)

Check out these 6 maps that will change the way you look at the world. Here is a tease: By 2030, 70% of the world’s population will live in “mega cities” and why those cities will matter more than the countries they are in. (maps)

$6 Billion in 20 Minutes
Not a bad afternoon’s work. The Amazon CEO saw his 82.9 million shares increase in value by $6 billion as the company’s shares jumped over 10% in after-hours trading on earnings results that beat expectations. (read)

The Dow Jones Industrial Average. A drop of nearly 300 points since last week.

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Thanks For Reading,

Noah Rouen
President, The Rouen Group


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