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All you need to know about Medicare

More of us are signing up for Medicare every day. And like social security, there are plenty of unanswered questions for those of us who are beginning the process. There are plenty of places to seek answers, but how to separate facts from sales pitches from health insurance brokers is part of the problem. Here is a primer that may help you navigate these muddy waters. read more…

The deals begin

This week’s on-going controversy between Mexico and our new president over trade and the construction of “the wall” has investors concerned, confused and apprehensive. And still the markets gained ground. read more…

A circus by any other name is still a circus

By now you may have heard that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are set to close in May of this year. That’s the third circus in as many years to close their doors. You might say the announcement marks the end of an era stretching back for almost 150 years. I disagree. read more…

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The Fed keeps traders on edge

It has only been a week since the last Fed meeting. Yet several members of the central bank are already contradicting the message their leader, Federal Reserve Bank Chairwoman Janet Yellen, delivered to the markets. read more…

Are negative interest rates the answer?

NIRPYou may have heard of the newest wrinkle among central bankers. It’s called “NIRP,” which stands for negative interest rate policy. Several countries have already implemented this policy and are hoping their actions will stem the tide of deflation and low economic growth. read more…

Fed-driven rally grinds higher

 

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the Federal Reserve Bank gave investors everything they wanted this week. As a result, the indexes racked up their fifth week of gains in a row. Could there be six? read more…

Why free trade has a bad rep

The Establishment–Economists, politicians of both parties, Wall Street and Corporate America–are horrified. One of the lynch pins of capitalism has suddenly come under attack. The growing anger over free trade is threatening more than 30 years of trade deals with the rest of the world. It was a disaster waiting to happen and we have only ourselves to blame.free trade read more…

Markets are at an important level

Stocks spent the last week consolidating. It was a necessary exercise, since stocks were overbought. Now that condition is behind us, and markets climbed higher by the end of this week. We are now at an important level. Call it a moment of truth that will indicate to investors whether the correction is over. read more…

The Rise of the Robots in banking

If you think the human factor is rapidly disappearing from the workplace, you may be surprised to know that Skynet has arrived and even C-3PO and R2-D2 are being left behind. Nowhere is this change more apparent than in the nation’s banking system.   read more…

Markets need a break

The stock market has climbed 10% in the last three weeks from its February lows. That is a substantial gain, over a year’s worth of historical performance for the S&P 500 index. And as such, it’s time for a break.sleep bulls 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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