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The United States of Scotland?

Will the ghost of William Wallace finally see the British thrown out of his country once and for all? If the latest polls on the outcome of the September 18th referendum on Scottish Independence are any indication, Scots are in a dead heat over the political and economic future of their country. read more…

More Money fuels the markets

 

As expected, the European Central Bank announced additional monetary stimulus in its effort to jump-start the EU economies. Global markets liked what they heard and bought stocks to celebrate. read more…

Europe Follows the U.S. lead

 

The European Central Bank has lagged behind both the U.S. and Japanese counterparts in their efforts to stimulate the economies of the European Union. Today, they attempted to address that fault before Europe sinks into a recession. read more…

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What’s up with Big Pharma?

This week several multi-billion dollar deals were announced in the pharmaceutical sector. Mergers and acquisitions on a global scale appears to be heating up in this sector with over $140 billion in transactions so far this year. What’s behind this feeding frenzy? read more…

Blood in the Streets

 

Investors began to focus on events in Ukraine this week as a continuing stalemate between Russia and the West erupted in gunfire. That bloodshed stopped the market dead in its tracks. The question is, for how long? read more…

Easter Bunny Bounce

 

This holiday-shortened week saw a relief rally that began on Monday and carried through until Thursday. The markets still have further to go in the coming week before we once again reach the top of this four month long trading range.  read more…

Good Friday and the stock market

 

This Friday the stock and bond markets will be closed to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, or so the theory goes. But that is just one of the many myths involved in this holiday and its origins remain a mystery. read more…

Banks face tougher regulations

This week the eight largest U.S. banks were told they need to increase capital by about $68 billion. In some ways it is too little, too late in the government’s efforts to prevent another financial meltdown. Nonetheless, the regulations do provide an increased level of safety for taxpayers. read more…

No spring in the stock market

 

As spring finally arrives throughout the country, you would think the stock market would celebrate, but not this year. The indexes were slammed again this week and we can expect more of the same in the months ahead. 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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