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In most years, discussions of the latest Federal Reserve policy decisions are left to the realm of economists and Wall Street traders and analysts. Rarely is it the topic of conversation at bars, football tailgate parties or family get-togethers. To do so was to risk banishment for future events — your name permanently inscribed on the dreaded “do not call” list. But the Fed has now been thrust into the national spotlight, and dialogue, as it tries to grapple with a 40-year high level of inflation.


After a 62 year career at Metalcraft, I’m stepping away from the Mason City, Iowa-based company where I started as an assistant controller, climbing through roles to become company president and owner. Reflecting on that time offers lessons for sustaining leadership in uncertain times.

Belen Krabbe, of Investment Advisor Representative at Franklin Financial Services in Hampton, Iowa, completed her semiannual training with America’s IRA Experts at Ed Slott and Company, LLC by participating in a workshop that took place May 12-14, 2022.

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