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: Those with most cash keep it for themselves

An interactive map created by the Chronicle of Philanthropy allows users to drill into American charitable giving data down to...

Updated: October 11, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Schafer: Breaking down Medtronic's tax move

One of the ironies of this season of tax inversions is that the big Minnesota company that seems hellbent on...

Updated: October 09, 2014, - 08:06 PM

Schafer: Corporate power is no match for pro football

The business community fumbled its opportunity this fall to make its support of the National Football League about anything other...

Updated: October 04, 2014, - 04:38 PM

Schafer: Tax changes are behind Medtronic's contortions

It only looks like Medtronic’s pending acquisition of Covidien has left this world and entered the twilight zone.In fact, Medtronic’s...

Updated: October 03, 2014, - 08:39 PM

Schafer: Computer power fuels advances in medicine

Physician John Logan Black has been in the field of genetic testing for more than a decade. As co-director of...

Updated: September 30, 2014, - 09:23 PM

Schafer: Don't let fees eat up your 401(k) savings

For the toughest challenges in investment research, it’s smart to turn to a chartered financial analyst, or CFA. It’s a...

Updated: September 27, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Schafer: Rural high-speed Internet takes Paul Bunyan-size effort

One of Gary Johnson’s fears when he announced the 5,000-square-mile “GigaZone” ultrahigh speed Internet service last week in Bemidji was...

Updated: September 25, 2014, - 09:00 AM

Schafer: Strategic error led to exit from MNsure

It’s hard to see how the exit of PreferredOne last week could be played as a failure for MNsure.After all,...

Updated: September 20, 2014, - 09:23 PM

Schafer: Stadium naming rights deal gives CHS much-needed visibility

CHS is the nation’s largest farmer-owned cooperative, but it’s not exactly a household name. That's what's behind a savvy playto put its name on a little baseball stadium under construction in St. Paul.

Updated: September 16, 2014, - 09:30 PM

Schafer: Despite recovery, stagnant wages are here to stay

Everyone knows recessions are always followed by recoveries, when economic growth resumes and people get called back to work. Hard...

Updated: September 13, 2014, - 04:10 PM

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