Lee Schafer

Columnist | Business
Phone: 612-673-4302
Lee Schafer came to the Star Tribune after 15 years as a corporate officer, consultant and investment banker in the Twin Cities. He has been a columnist for Twin Cities Business magazine and was senior editor for Corporate Report Minnesota.

Recent content from Lee Schafer

Schafer: For Cargill, changing climate is about risk

Business leaders looking for a smart way to influence the most controversial questions in public life can do much worse...

Updated: January 31, 2015, - 11:04 PM

Schafer: Cheap oil means pain in North Dakota

What’s happened in the global oil market is exactly what it appears to be — major oil producing countries are trying to put the Bakken out of business.

Updated: January 24, 2015, - 05:34 PM

Schafer: Low interest rates have us in uncharted territory

The financial writer Jim Grant, founder and editor of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, remarked in a Minneapolis speech this week...

Updated: January 23, 2015, - 09:47 PM

Schafer: And there goes the traditional American corporation

The traditional American corporation looks to be slowly on its way out, and we might miss it when it’s gone.There...

Updated: January 21, 2015, - 11:06 PM

Schafer: Impatience was a virtue for Target on Canada

Brian Cornell explained just after he took the top job at Target that a deep analysis of the retailer’s struggling...

Updated: January 18, 2015, - 06:23 AM

Schafer: Should state be helping us plan our retirement?

Of course it’s possible. It’s even easy. But do we want the state to jump into a market already served by the likes of Securian and Ameriprise?

Updated: January 13, 2015, - 08:16 PM

Schafer: The new sharing looks just like renting

Not many things in business are hotter than start-ups in “the sharing economy.”The headlines are grabbed by the likes of...

Updated: January 10, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Schafer: Medtronic/Covidien deal sends the wrong message

“Be in favor of what’s going to happen,” is an old bit of wisdom in politics. Don’t look like a...

Updated: January 05, 2015, - 07:11 PM

Schafer: Zipnosis had a great idea, wrong customer

The Minneapolis start-up company Zipnosis, now six years old, at first struggled when it brought an online diagnostic service to...

Updated: January 03, 2015, - 05:08 PM

Schafer: For utilities, it's all about managing uncertainty

Great River Energy has decided changes in carbon emissions rules may make its biggest coal-fired power plants in North Dakota worth nothing by 2028.

Updated: December 27, 2014, - 05:31 PM

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