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What’s up with bonds?

At the beginning of the year Wall Street was certain that interest rates were on their way up. Investors dumped all kinds of bonds anticipating that prices would plummet.  Bond prices did the upset. Go figure. read more…

Baby Boomers and Retirement

 

The nation’s workforce has experienced some traumatic events over the past five years. Between the financial crises, global competition and the slow pace of domestic economic growth, is it any wonder that employment in the U.S. is not what it should be? Yet the biggest challenge of all may be right around the corner as the Baby Boomers retire in droves. read more…

Labor on their mind

 

It is that time of the year again when the world’s central bankers gather together in Wyoming to sort out the economic conditions of the global economy. This year most bankers will be looking at labor growth, or lack thereof, and what to do about it. read more…

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Big Beat in Jobs Numbers

 

The fine art of guessing monthly employment data is a big business on Wall Street.  Economists fine tune their forecasts every month and rarely miss the actual number by more than a few thousand jobs. Not this time. read more…

Food, the next scarce commodity

Recently, a leaked report from a United Nations scientific panel had some bad news for the world and consumers in particular. The scientists are predicting that climate change, coupled with an increase in demand, have set food prices on an upward trajectory for decades to come. read more…

Lost art of the Third Reich

This week the art world is abuzz by the revelation that a $1.3 billion cache of 1,500 stolen artworks has surfaced in Munich. European investigators are hunting for yet a second treasure trove right now. It could be just the tip of the iceberg given the extent of Nazi looting during World War II.  read more…

The bears are having a hard time

 

Sellers are having a hard time lately. The markets were up almost 4% in October, and 2.5% in September. So far all the bears have managed to do is slow the advance. The markets were down by less than one percent this week and the bears are on the ropes. read more…

A rough rollout for Obama care

 

Problems began on day one. Since then the controversy has escalated until just about everyone has something negative to say about the Affordable Care Act. Aside from the litany of computer glitches and misinformation that has greeted the uninsured millions who have attempted to access HealthCare.gov, there are now new questions arising over benefits and costs. read more…

Fourth Quarter Rally?

 

Here we are just a week away from surviving October, notoriously the worst month of the year. It’s been an up month so far and I’m increasingly optimistic. read more…

Predicting the next stock market crash

 

As part of my job as a money manager, clients will often call or send me some doom and gloom report predicting the next financial meltdown. If I had a dollar for every time these author’s predictions proved accurate, I might have just enough to buy a cup of coffee. Why then, do investors take them seriously? 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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