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It’s all in the way you say it

“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word.” Emily Dickinson

The Fed ended the stock market decline this week by simply changing a sentence or two. In the space of a few hours, global markets soared, creating billions of dollars in gains for investors worldwide. Don’t ever doubt the power of words. read more…

The election investors ignored

japan-flag-1421127-sLast weekend Japan held “snap” elections, which gave Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the mandate to continue his pro-growth economic policies. No one outside Japan seemed to care. The Nikkei stock market index fell 1.6% and traders moved on. That may prove to be a big mistake. read more…

It’s all about oil

Just three weeks to go before the end of the year, and stock markets should be celebrating. Instead, equity markets have been down as traders become increasingly spooked by the decline in oil prices. Granted, financial markets sometimes get it wrong, but the present atmosphere of fear is one for the books. read more…

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Geopolitical risk trumps economic growth

 

The front page of most newspapers on Friday featured at least three hot spots around the world that has investors worried. None of them may be anything to worry about over the long term, but over the next few weeks they have the potential to drive the stock market lower. read more…

Beware the Russian bear

 

Twenty thousand Russian troops are massing along the Ukraine border. Yesterday, in retaliation for another round of Western sanctions, Vladimir Putin imposed sanctions on certain U.S. and EU imports. And yet the markets barely registered the event. Are investors a bit too complacent? read more…

Why some corporations are leaving America

 

In recent weeks, politicians and concerned citizens alike have decried the growing number of corporations that have opted to renounce their citizenship and move off-shore. Rather than simply playing the blame game, a better approach might be to examine the underlying cause for this growing exodus. read more…

Geopolitical strife fails to deter markets

Markets fell on Thursday reacting to the news that a commercial airliner had been shot down over the Ukraine. Stocks extended their fall when Israel invaded Gaza later in the day. But by Friday investors, trained to buy the dip, had rushed back into stocks, recouping most of the losses. read more…

Choppy markets have investors on edge

A spate of global stock market selling put an end to the atmosphere of growing complacency among investors this week. The turmoil came from a variety of sources including Europe, the Middle East and China. The jury is still out over the market’s next move. 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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