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June is off the table

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The notes of the Fed’s April policy meeting, released this week, may have confused more people than not. The central bank committee revealed that they were unlikely to raise short-term interest rates in June. That statement could be taken as both a positive and a negative, depending on your investment position. read more…

Another record high

 

This off again, on again market continues to grind higher, if only by a few points, but it is the direction that counts. This week it was the S&P 500 Index’s turn to chalk up another record gain. And so it goes. read more…

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The tail that wagged the dog

Rarely do we see a single financial asset, in this case oil, have the ability to sway the prices of trillions of dollars worth of investments on a daily basis over such a prolonged period of time. read more…

What will the New Year bring?

crystal-ball-875370-sIt was a good year for the stock market. The S&P 500 Index was up in excess of 12.5% with the other averages putting in a good performance as well. Naturally, investors are hoping for another year of stellar returns. Is that a reasonable expectation? read more…

What’s happening to the movies?

Have you noticed that American movies seem to be long on bullets and increasingly short on words? That despite flop after flop at the box office, the same movies are coming out with sequels? Get used to it because, increasingly, American viewers are a distinct minority when it comes to the box office. read more…

Could Greece upset the applecart?

 

 

This week a parliamentary vote to elect a president failed in Greece. National elections have now been called for late January. The outcome could trigger a revolt against an austerity program that has brought years of suffering and pain to the population. read more…

Santa comes to Town.

Pessimists are on vacation this week. It doesn’t matter that the indexes are overbought. That markets are hitting new highs without a pause. It’s Christmas and Hanukkah week. The Big Guy has come to town. read more…

IRA Distribution Time

Information abounds on why and when you should contribute to a tax-deferred savings plan such as an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Less is known about what happens in retirement when you have to take money out of these plans. For those who turned 70 ½ years or older in 2013, pay attention, because it’s distribution time. 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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