Another year, another disappointing finish for the Bears. It’s hard to imagine this team started the season 5–1, only to finish 3–7 down the stretch. Sadly, disappointment is something Bears fans have grown all too familiar with over the last several years.

Since 2000, the Bears have finished with a winning season only six times. Over that span, we’ve watched the Packers transition from one Hall-of-Fame quarterback to the next, watched our own franchise’s all-time-leading-passer make the playoffs just once, and passed on not one, but two-star quarterbacks in the NFL draft.

Sure — 2006, 2010, and 2018 were great…


From 2016 to 2018, 90 percent of all the data that existed at the end of 2018 was created. In other words, information is cascading into our lives, through voice speakers, smartphones, fitness trackers, and social media, to name a few.

From certain perspectives, this is an incredible thing. It leads to new innovations and insights and creates entirely new businesses… but this massive influx of new information also threatens to drown out simple, solid wisdom. Especially when anyone with an Instagram account can call themselves a “self-help guru.”

The truth is, though I won’t claim it’s easy, the key…


My career in finance requires that I live close to big cities like New York City, but that doesn’t stop me from finding landscapes to photograph. As a landscape photography hobbyist, I have traveled throughout Thailand, the Netherlands, and the United States to photograph stunning landscapes of all shapes and sizes. So when my career brought me to New York City, I had to get creative if he wanted to keep taking photographs. …


In today’s swiftly moving global economy, many young professionals are juggling ever-increasing work demands, side hustles and additional monetary tasks, passion projects that drive meaningful expression, and a balanced role within society. With such extensive expectations to conquer each multidimensional aspect of life, and pressure created via the overabundance of multimedia outlets streaming depictions of the “perfect life”, it is only natural to feel totally overwhelmed by the seemingly impossible need to “have it all”.

However, with a few small lifestyle tweaks, this idea of maintaining success within various aspects of life doesn’t have to feel forlorn. In fact, “having…


I have often considered the transformative power of following a personally curated career trajectory; one sparked by initial interests/intrigue, later turned into fully developed goals, and ultimately, professional realities. Throughout my own career path, I have tried my best to trust my personal instincts, interests, and professional passions to guide me along the right path. When combined with hard work, dedication, and conviction, I believe someone can turn an initial interest into professional goals, and ultimately make those goals a reality. …


In the United States, Millennials make up a significant portion of the workforce in every field. On average, in the course of their professional trajectory, each Millennial will hold a significantly higher amount of jobs than professionals from generations past. While some may suggest that this increase in professional mobility is the result of the Millennial stereotype of “not being able to sit still,” others argue that it may just suggest the forward-thinking notion that Millennials are more active in the quest for manifesting their professional dreams. Undoubtedly, however, young professionals are entering the workforce amidst unprecedented conditions, vastly emerging…


Max Salk is an investment analyst living and working in New York City. He graduated with a degree in finance and a minor in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. After graduating, Max joined Morningstar in Chicago before leaving to join PPM America, where he spent 3 years as an investment analyst. Following his time at PPM America, Max left to move to New York to work for Blackstone in June 2015.

Max’s interest in the financial markets began later in college, and eventually, he was researching and trading stocks in his free time. His interest…


Max Salk is an investment analyst based in New York City. He developed an interest in financial markets in college, where he studied finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, by following financial news and researching stocks in his free time.

In addition to his career in the financial sector, Salk is an avid traveler with a passion for landscape and travel photography. He has taken photography trips all over the United States and the world, and his work and chronicles of these experiences can be found on his website and Medium.

How did you get started in your…


Late December is often a reflective time of year for many people. It is a common time to look back at the year to take stock of how things went, and where one may improve their habits, routines, and ultimately themselves for the year ahead. To look at it tangibly, this requires taking look at how time is spent, and whether or not the activities that fill our time help or hinder us.

While the practice of inserting more intention into your day-to-day can be rewarding and valuable, it can be easy to go overboard, or to lose sight of…

Max Salk

Investment analyst and landscape photographer based in NYC. Interested in financial markets, travel, music, and sports (go Cubs!).

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