Monday, February 22, 2010

The Week Ahead February 22-26 2010

Tuesday: February Consumer Confidence, December Case-Shiller home price index
Wednesday: January New Home Sales
Thursday: January Durable Goods, Weekly initial jobless claims
Friday: Revised 4th qt GNP, January Existing Home sales

Last week we saw the inflation keeping virtually even with a 0.2% rise in consumer prices. While over at the Fed on Thursday we were surprised by a raise its discount rate, which is what banks pay to borrow directly from the Fed, to 0.75%.Meanwhile Obama created his bipartisan commission on slashing the federal budget by 2015, ya right. As if we don’t have enough commissions. What does this mean really nothing except hiring some more secretaries and office equipment and leasing some new office space, somewhere. And to top that even if the commissioners give their time free, there will still be the cost of travel and they will need a few exotic trips to meet somewhere. Do I hear Berwyn Illinois?

This week to me the only thing that really means anything is the Consumer Confidence and January Durable Goods numbers. All else is just fun to look at, and maybe contemplate what the future might bring.

Larson Notes & Satire: I just don’t understand the world. We lose jobs and the unemployment rate goes down? China tightens credit on its industrial machine and our stock market goes down. Come on people this is weird. A less productive China, a higher cost of money in China should make it better for the rest of the word to compete, yes? If China’s industrial costs go up and ours stays the same we should not only compete better but sell more? Right? If China were to realign its yen with the rest of the world’s currency making the Yen cost more and thus Chinese goods more expensive that should be good, yes? I guess there is too much blonde in the grey hair of mine.

The focused industries we are looking to add clients in for the month are Advertising Specialties, Trade Show Booth Builder, Sign Shop, a Graphic Design Studio, and Printers both small and mid-sized.

We are still looking for sales persons in all areas except
the Great Plains States.
If interested give us a call at 847-991-0488.

Howard’s out of office public schedule for the week:
Tuesday: Running Training 6:00am,
Thursday: Running Training 6:00am
Saturday: Marathon Training 5:30am

Trade show schedule:
> March 14-16 2010 Internal Home and Housewares Show, McCormick Place, Chicago
> April 26-29 NA2010: The North American Material Handling & Logistics Show: I-X Center, Cleveland OH
> May 12-13, 2010 OrthoTec Conference Orthopaedic Capital Center at Grace College Winona Lake (Warsaw), IN (Registered but not committed to going yet)
> June 8-10, 2010 EastPack 2010 Jacob K Javits Convention Center New York NY FL (Registered but not committed to going yet)
> June 23, Destination Showcase Conference & Expo; Donald E. Stevens Convention Center, Rosemont IL

Time slots still available to meet & talk over coffee.

Howard Larson
Larson & Associates
Target Marketing & Telesales Professionals for new account acquisition
Making good businesses great and great businesses even better

P.S. We make telesales for small business affordable by offering programs down to only 15 hours a week. Maybe you could add telesales into your marketing mix call today and find out.

P.P.S. An American Company, marketing American Companies! Call or email to get an appointment to pick my brain (a $125.00 value) for 30 minutes.

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