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Wash, rinse and repeat

 

The dollars running, stocks are falling, bond prices are jumping while commodities are tanking.  Welcome to another week in the financial markets. Expect more of the same in October. read more…

Waiting on the Fed

It should be clear to you by now that in the United States the Federal Reserve Bank is calling the shots in our financial markets.  To a lesser extent this phenomena is happening all over the world. As such, the markets did little this week because the Fed doesn’t meet again until Tuesday. read more…

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Good news is bad news

U.S. economic growth in the third quarter surged higher by 3.6%, while jobless claims plunged by 23,000 to 298,000 as layoffs slowed. That’s great news, right, so why is the stock market falling? read more…

Are banks about to get benched?

Lobbyists for the big banks have been fighting to water down the so-called “Volcker Rule” for the last three years but it looks like they are going to lose this battle. Next week the U.S. government is expected to announce tighter bank regulations. It could make the financial markets a lot safer for all of us and cost the banks a bundle. read more…

Record highs again

Over the last twenty years or so, the three days prior to thanksgiving have always been positive for the markets as has the day after. This year they were accompanied by record highs. read more…

Stocks need a break

This week the S&P 500 Index touched 1,800 before pulling back a bit. Hitting round numbers in the averages usually creates some profit taking among investors. A number of indicators are also hinting that a minor correction could happen at any time. read more…

Averting a future food crisis

More and more scientists, sociologists and economists are predicting a world food crisis in this century.  Meeting that challenge will require another Green Revolution, but how we accomplish that is the subject of a great deal of controversy. read more…

Market gains are just beginning

 

For those who have yet to commit to equity, it is time to reassess. We have entered a new phase in stock markets worldwide. It is called a secular bull market and could last for many years.  Don’t let this opportunity slip by. read more…

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…

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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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