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Will the second quarter be like the first?

By now you know that this year’s first quarter was nothing to write home about. The benchmark S&P 500 Index managed to eke out a gain of just 0.4% for the quarter. The Dow posted a 0.3% loss, while the NASDAQ did gain 3.5%. Can we expect more of the same this quarter? read more…

Volatility defines the stock market

volatilityIt was a tumultuous week. Investors should get used to it because volatility is going to be with us for some time to come. You can blame a lot of things, but the evidence suggests that the dollar is the main culprit behind the market’s gyrations. read more…

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Home on the range

 

New highs followed by some selling, then a little back and fill, before climbing to yet another new high. That’s the environment we are in and it happens to be a great recipe for making money in the stock market. read more…

The Rise of the Smoothie

 

The global market for smoothies is projected to hit $9 billion this year. Driven by a new health-consciousness among consumers, today’s on-the-go convenience of gulping down your vitamins and minerals is appealing to more and more of us. Expect that trend to continue. read more…

Full steam ahead

 

The major averages made all-time highs again this week, except the Nasdaq. It is just a matter of time before that tech-heavy index joins the party. But what happens after that? read more…

New fiduciary rule would benefit all of us

 

The Department of Labor is trying again. This week, a proposed new rule, backed by the president, would force all financial advisors to adopt a “fiduciary responsibility” towards their clients when overseeing retirement plans. If passed, it could substantially reduce the fees and expenses we pay for that advice. read more…

It’s still all about Greece

It was just one of those weeks. Greece remained in the spotlight while U.S. macroeconomic data gave conflicting signals on the health of the economy. Despite that, some stock indexes made new highs, before falling back on some Friday profit-taking. read more…

A race to the bottom

Faced with slowing economies and sluggish employment, more and more countries throughout the world are devaluing their currencies, slashing interest rates and stimulating growth wherever they can. That should be a recipe for further global growth in the years to come. 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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