Is Bitcoin broken?

Bitcoin, Ethreum, Ripple and a number of other crypto currencies have had a terrible week. Some of these digital dollars have lost 25% overnight, if not more. Today Bitcoin, itself, is down almost 50% from that level. Those who warned that this mania would come to a tragic end are crowing now. Are they right? read more…

Melt-up continues

It’s been the best two weeks for the U.S. markets in decades. Investors seemingly can’t get enough stocks in their portfolios, no matter how high the indexes climb. Ain’t it grand?

Over the past few weeks, I have explained in detail that the stock market is in “melt-up” mode. You may think it’s crazy, or that the gains are a result of excessive exuberance. You may even be sitting there with your arms crossed, pointing your finger at me and predicting this is all going to end badly for investors. That’s fine, provide as many opinions as you like, but stay invested in the meantime.

Some ask me how you can have the U.S. dollar declining, while interest rates and stocks climb at the same time. Then there are the commodities—gold, basic materials, mines and metals—all moving up with stocks. Is there, in fact, anything except bond prices that are down? read more…

The cost of MAGA

It is the guiding principle behind the Trump Administration, but to “Make America Great Again” the U.S. may have to break some eggs. Are you ready for that? read more…

Off to the races?

The jockeys are lined up at the starting gate. The horses are champing at the bit. Bets are being placed on everything from the condition of the track to which horse will come in first, second, third and so on. Where will you be placing your bets in 2018 in the stock market derby? read more…

The market that keeps on giving

You can’t say enough about a stock market that continues to climb, day after day, month after month. Best of all, it looks like it will continue to do so through the end of the year. What happens in 2018? Well, that may be a different story. read more…

Here comes Santa


With less than two weeks until Santa Claus shimmies down your chimney, investors are betting that what the Big Man has in his sack is lots and lots of gains to finish out 2017. read more…

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Bill Schmick was born in a blue-collar neighborhood of Philadelphia, just a few blocks north of “Rocky Balboa” territory where most of his Catholic schoolmates grew up to be either cops or criminals. He narrowly escaped both professions by volunteering to fight in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine... Read More


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