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It’s still a coin toss


Despite all the algorithmic programs, high-powered computers, enormous capital and worldwide connections, what happens in the investment world sometimes comes down to a coin toss. The British vote next Thursday to stay or exit the European Community is shaping up to be one of those binary events. read more…

The Brexit Primer

At this time next week the results of a United Kingdom referendum on whether or not to leave the European Union will be announced to the world. The polls are too close to call and the odds are changing every day. For the past several days equity markets worldwide have been selling off in fear that the Brits will vote yes to a Brexit. Why so much angst over one country leaving the EU? read more…

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OPEC’s poker game

The news this week that some OPEC members have at least agreed to talk, and possibly freeze production, had traders covering their oil shorts, sending crude up over 15%. But why should simply freezing production at multi-year levels stem oil’s price decline? read more…

Is a recession looming?


The funny thing about declining stock markets is that when they last more than a couple of weeks, talk of recession starts to percolate among investors. It is no different this time. read more…

One and Done?

One-and-Done-Logo1Today’s Gross Domestic Product gain was a measly 0.7%, bringing last year’s growth rate to 2.4%, about equal to the economy’s gain in 2014. Those results, combined with events overseas, may give the Fed pause this year in raising interest rates any further. read more…

The high price of cash

Since the beginning of January, many investors have sold their holdings in the stock market and are sitting on the sidelines in cash. Is it too late to sell, or would selling out be a wise move? read more…

Stocks Rebound

reboundIt had to happen at some point. The averages declined almost every day for three weeks in a row, so a relief rally should be expected. The question is how long will it continue? 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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