Finance for the Greater Good For 35+ years, people have trusted John Taft's perspective on the financial industry. John serves as Baird's Vice Chairman and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. "The ultimate purpose of Finance is to improve people's lives. We should never lose sight of that." April 30 2021A Better Way to Democratize FinanceInnovative way to overcome barriers to broader and more financially meaningful employee stock ownershipMarch 30 2021It's Time to Take Action on Climate FinanceThe planet's single most pressing existential imperative – transitioning to a low-carbon economy.January 29 2021A Bubble's a Brewin'...But Not the One You ThinkThe only way out is to grow the economy.November 24 2020Charting a Course for the Future of FinanceTo effect change, one must take action.October 21 2020How to Hedge a Swan's TailExplores options for Fixed Income replacement to avoid selling assets in a down market. September 4 2020Small Business Capital Lifelines are FrayingDuring a time of unprecedented societal disruption, providers for capital of small- and minority-owned businesses are at risk.August 12 2020Building a Structure for Digital SuccessUsing technology to adapt without sacrificing the important personal nature of relationships.July 8 2020Innovating the U.S. National Debt: "Trills" to the Rescue?Congress has authorized $2 trillion+ in fiscal stimulus spending with no identified revenue sources – in addition to a previously estimated $1 trillion budget deficit in 2020. Another $1 trillion in stimulus could be on the way.June 9 2020Would You Hire This Man Today?Our industry values different types of diversity than in the past – like gender and ethnic diversity – both much-needed given the increasingly diverse clients we serve. May 26 2020Where Will The Next Generation of Financial Advisors Come From?The biggest crisis facing our industry – an impending wave of financial advisor retirements anticipated in the next decade. Apr 24 2020This Time is DifferentWhy the current market isn't like 2008.Apr 1 2020This Is ItIf extreme times reveal core values and crises reveal character, the COVID-19 pandemic may be one of the single most important moments future leaders will ever experience.Feb 27 2020Government Policy: The Lever that Moves Financial MarketsUncertainty and almost continuous regulatory change are among the most important factors influencing business fortunes today.Jan 29 2020How Do You Eat an Elephant?Nearly half of working-age households in the U.S. may not be able to maintain their lifestyle in retirement. What the SECURE Act can and can’t do. Dec 11 2019Warriors for Opportunity"Capitalism alone can't fix society. ... Morals have to come first ... based on the sense of social solidarity ... a sense that we are, in fact, our brother's keeper."Nov 14 2019Financial Innovation ... for What and for Whom, Exactly?Does the world really need another cryptocurrency?Sep 26 2019Missing the Point?How Private Equity Investment in Wealth Management Could Be Bad for ClientsAug 14 2019Are You a "Neuro Fiduciary?""Do people learn to serve as fiduciaries through education, coaching, experience and working with clients – or are we hardwired to be good fiduciaries? Or bad ones?"July 15 2019Philanthropy Humbugs?Why Some Acts of Charity Draw CriticismJune 12 2019Getting it RightSEC's New Rule Protects Investors While Preserving ChoiceMay 30 2019The Brave New World of "Bio Bonds."Finding ways to combine targeted impact with manageable risk is likely to be the next big wave in socially responsible investing.May 8 2019Is Finance a Profession?What Distinguishes a Profession?Apr 3 2019A Breath of Fresh AirTwo Financial Services Regulators Planning to Cooperate for Individual Investors and Advisors Mar 13 2019Ockham's Razor and the Illusion of Complexity"Keep it simple....Simplicity is the cornerstone of intelligent investing."Feb 5 2019A High Stakes Trade off for InvestorsProtection vs. Privacy Share Your Thoughts Name Email Address Phone Question Thank you! Oops!