Bob Froehlich, owner of the Kane County (Illinois) Cougars minor league ball club and a veteran observer of macro and markets, discusses with co-hosts Jeffrey Sherman and Samuel Lau, among other ideas, his favorable 12-to-18-month outlook for global growth and stocks (14:01, 24:32), the place for commodities in investor portfolios (22:00) and the re-imagining of corporations (31:02) as they evolve for hybrid home-office work environments and face the need to take stands on pressing societal issues.
The upbeat outlook for growth and equities comes with at least one caveat. While losing no sleep over what the Federal Reserve might or might not do (18:35), Dr. Froehlich keeps a weather eye for inflation (14:51). Rising prices, he says, form “a headwind that we really have to pay very, very close attention to because that changes the dynamics quickly for any long-term equity investor.”
As do all Sherman Show guests, Dr. Bob, as he is known especially among business executives and financial professionals in the Chicago metropolitan area, shares how he came to his career in markets and investing, a career preceded early in his adulthood with summer jobs working in Pennsylvania’s steel mills and two years playing center field for the Independent Minor League North Side Mets in the Greater Pittsburgh Semi-Pro Federation Baseball League.
The Kane County Cougars owner and CEO also talks about the business of pro baseball with Jeff Sherman, one of the San Francisco Giants faithful and, in his varsity days in Bakersfield, California, catcher for the South High Rebels. “I’ve always been a numbers guy,” Dr. Bob recalls (1:42). “So it was a natural transition for me to go from Wall Street to baseball. It’s just the type of type of numbers I focused on were way different. Instead of worrying about GDP and inflation, now I worry about attendance and how may beers are being sold on a given day. But it’s still a numbers game.”
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