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Investors need to chill

If you are feeling like today is the beginning of an American Armageddon, you are not alone. Wall Street, most of the media, and almost all of the country’s establishment share your concerns. Those concerns are overblown.

If you are tempted to sell your investments, either as a form of protest or because you genuinely believe that Donald Trump will lead us all into economic perdition, don’t do it. Instead, calm down, take a deep breath and put your thinking cap on. read more…

The Trump Dump

 

Markets took it on the chin this week after trading in a tight range for almost two months. As the polls tightened and “The Donald” appears to have gotten back in the game, investors started to dump stocks. Is this a prelude to what will happen next week if the GOP candidate actually does win? read more…

Elections and the market

 

After 18 months of waiting, investors will finally have their chance to vote both with their ballot on November 8th and with their money on November 9th. Given that this presidential contest has been one of the most unpredictable and volatile in modern history, many fear that the market’s response to the outcome will be equally as volatile. What should you do? read more…

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Women need to invest more

We all know women generally make less than men. On average, female workers make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns doing the same job. If you are a woman of color, or work in some lower paid industries, the gap could be even wider. It is one of the reasons women need to invest and save more, not less. read more…

Markets get back to business

Since Labor Day marked the end of summer for Wall Street, the big guys came back to work and evidently did not like what they saw. As this week comes to a close, all three indexes suffered losses. read more…

The VA—one of this year’s political footballs

VAIt is an election year and as such veterans are a voting block that neither side can resist. Both candidates are promising to overhaul the Veterans Administration, once elected.  The questions are whether to hand it over to the private sector or just try and fix the government organization’s short-comings. read more…

The Hawks return

 

It was one of those weeks that would have been well spent on the beach. The weather was nice, the water warm, and the stock market went nowhere. Welcome to the dog days of summer. read more…

Fedspeak occupies a dull market

It is late summer and a time when the rumor mills work overtime. Financial news departments, confronted with a paucity of breaking news, are desperate to publish “informed opinions” and comments from any public or private sector big name they can find. This week a squad of Fed officials was happy to accommodate. 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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