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Markets Reset on Fed warning

 

warningThe markets fell and kept falling most of the week. Investors fear that at the Fed’s next open market committee meeting in June, Federal Reserve Bank Chairperson, Janet Yellen, will decide to raise interest rates again. read more…

Let’s have a jewelry party

 

Contrary to all the present and future trends in retailing, multi-level marketing (MLM) is still alive and well in this country. Exactly what is MLM and why are so many Americans enamored with hitting up their friends and relatives in an effort to succeed at personal retailing? read more…

Traders build a wall of worry

The markets are marking time. Earnings season is just about over. The lofty levels of the stock market survived those results largely because they were not quite as bad as expected. Now it is on to the next worry. read more…

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The risk of rising rates

 

Conservative investors are becoming increasingly concerned that their bond holdings may be at risk. If and when the Federal Reserve Bank hikes interest rates this year, will bond holders be caught holding the bag? read more…

Focus on the big picture

 

Once again, the U.S. markets are flirting with the lower end of their trading range. The Fed heads are still yakking about when an interest rate hike will happen and an unremarkable earnings season is just about over. How much of this matters to you and your portfolio? read more…

Month end musings

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While the summer months are usually the slowest season on Wall Street, July has proven to be anything but. As we enter the month of August, can we expect the same?

Whether we focus on overseas markets or review our own, it is clear that volatility remained and will remain elevated. Overseas markets in Asia took it on the chin, while the United States was trapped in a trading range that will continue in the month ahead. The good news is that this range appears to have an upward bias, so we can expect some minor new highs as time passes. read more…

Supermarkets evolve to survive

 

We take our local supermarkets for granted. Like gas stations, there seems to one on almost every corner, at least in suburbia. With competition from a variety of sources, supermarkets have been forced to reinvent themselves and are doing a good job doing just that. read more…

Earnings keep the market in check

After touching new highs, once again the indexes retreated but, with the exception of the Dow, are still in the upper end of their trading ranges. Second quarter results are following the usual pattern of earnings “beats” but fewer investors seem willing to play that game and chase stocks. read more…

Are you ready for El Niño

 

It’s that time again. Trade winds in the Pacific are blowing west to east, pushing warm water to the surface. In times past, those conditions created havoc with much of the world’s weather creating everything from fires to floods, sometimes, in epic proportions. Some weather models predict this year’s El Niño could rank among the worse. 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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