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Let’s have a jewelry party

 

Contrary to all the present and future trends in retailing, multi-level marketing (MLM) is still alive and well in this country. Exactly what is MLM and why are so many Americans enamored with hitting up their friends and relatives in an effort to succeed at personal retailing? read more…

Traders build a wall of worry

The markets are marking time. Earnings season is just about over. The lofty levels of the stock market survived those results largely because they were not quite as bad as expected. Now it is on to the next worry. read more…

Estate Planning—the final chapter

final chapterThe weekend is over. During the last two days your family came together and had that “talk,” but before everyone goes their separate ways; some follow-up is required. Here are some of the things you should make sure are accomplished. read more…

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A tale of two Chinas

For years, investors bought into the China story. Growth rates twice as fast as the rest of the world, fueled by sky-rocketing exports made competitive by billions of hard-working, low-wage employees grateful to have a job. What happened? read more…

Nowhere Land

Most of the stock market went nowhere this year. With the exception of the NASDAQ, the rest of the market returned investors less than the average yield of a yearly CD read more…

Santa comes to town

He certainly took his own sweet time getting here. Investors had just about giving up hope that the traditional Santa Claus Rally would occur this year. But despite gyrating energy prices, worries over the economy and the looming next earnings season, stocks are on the upswing. read more…

Christmas in the New Age

new age santa

Back in the day, going home for Christmas was what you did.   Family members and friends would make their yearly pilgrimage to the old homestead. Car, plane or train, it made little difference how long it took, because everyone wanted to be home for the holidays. But times are changing. read more…

Santa snubs Wall Street

santa snubsTime is running out for that Santa Rally. The declining oil price, coupled with continued uncertainty over the normalization of interest rates, is having a Grinch-like effect on the markets. read more…

How rising interest rates will change your life

It’s official, on Wednesday afternoon the Federal Reserve bank hiked the short-term interest rate, called the Fed Funds rate, for the first time in 9 ½ years. It is the beginning of a new financial era for all of us and it behooves you to understand its implications. read more…

Where oil goes, so goes the market

 

Stocks had a tough week. All averages are now negative for the year once again and will continue to go lower until oil finds a bottom or the market disconnects from energy prices. The problem with that scenario is that no one knows if and when that will occur. 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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