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The impact of bad apples

bad-applesFor years, the mantra of Corporate America has been that they are drowning in government rules and regulations. Small business has echoed that refrain, as has Wall Street. The problem is that these same entities continually shoot themselves in the foot. read more…

Much ado about nothing

It has been a volatile week in the markets. The averages have rocketed up and down by a percent or more as traders bet for and against a Fed move on interest rates next week. Does it matter? read more…

Women need to invest more

We all know women generally make less than men. On average, female workers make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns doing the same job. If you are a woman of color, or work in some lower paid industries, the gap could be even wider. It is one of the reasons women need to invest and save more, not less. read more…

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The VA—one of this year’s political footballs

VAIt is an election year and as such veterans are a voting block that neither side can resist. Both candidates are promising to overhaul the Veterans Administration, once elected.  The questions are whether to hand it over to the private sector or just try and fix the government organization’s short-comings. read more…

The Hawks return


It was one of those weeks that would have been well spent on the beach. The weather was nice, the water warm, and the stock market went nowhere. Welcome to the dog days of summer. read more…

Fedspeak occupies a dull market

It is late summer and a time when the rumor mills work overtime. Financial news departments, confronted with a paucity of breaking news, are desperate to publish “informed opinions” and comments from any public or private sector big name they can find. This week a squad of Fed officials was happy to accommodate. 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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