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Brazil—not for the faint of heart

Beset by scandals that could reach as high as the presidential office, suffering from an epic drought, low oil prices, high inflation, a declining currency and a negative economic growth rate, the world’s seventh largest economy could be an interesting long-term investment but not for the faint of heart. read more…

Earnings on deck

This week launched the beginning of first-quarter earnings results for American companies. Wall Street doesn’t expect much. It is bracing for a disappointing season, especially from U.S. exporters. Has the market discounted that news already? read more…

My $40,000 knee

40,000 kneeOver the next five years, health care spending in the U.S. will total $21 trillion. Spending on health care in America today represents over 17% of the United States economy. By 2017, that number will climb to almost 20% of spending. Now I know why. read more…

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Volatility defines the stock market

volatilityIt was a tumultuous week. Investors should get used to it because volatility is going to be with us for some time to come. You can blame a lot of things, but the evidence suggests that the dollar is the main culprit behind the market’s gyrations. read more…

Is Main Street really recovering?

As Wall Street climbed higher and higher over the last five years, Main Street has languished. Jobs, until recently, were few and far between. But if the latest economic statistics can be believed, things just might be looking up. read more…

The Fed does it again

 

Coming into this week’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting, investors thought they had a handle on what the central bankers planned to do about interest rates. Once again, the Fed threw us a curve. read more…

Pay attention to diverging markets

It was a turbulent week for U.S. stocks as the strong dollar and worries over possible rising interest rates spooked investors. But not all markets followed our lead. This divergence could be the beginning of a trend that could benefit your portfolio. read more…

Kids and Money

Given that most Americans grow up with little or no idea of how to save, budget, or spend money, it might be a good idea to ask why. It begins with the family but discussing money in this country is as uncomfortable as talking about sex. That needs to change and it starts with our children. 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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