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Day traders rule the markets

What a week of volatility! The Dow was up or down one hundred points or more every day while the other averages were equally as volatile. Brace yourself, because October should be just as crazy. read more…

Dementia and your portfolio

As more Baby Boomers reach retirement age, few elderly investors are willing to discuss a growing risk to their portfolio. The onset of diminished mental capacity can cause huge losses in your life savings. Many only realize the problem in hindsight. Don’t let that happen to you. read more…

The same old song

same-old-songInvestors have been waiting all year for that illusive interest rate hike promised by our central bank. September proved to be another false start. Once again, markets rallied on the news, the dollar fell, and investors were happy. So what’s new? read more…

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Three in one

On Thursday, all three U.S. benchmark averages—the S&P 500, NASDAQ and the Dow Jones Industrial Average—registered historical new highs on the same day. You don’t want to know what happened the last time this happened. read more…

Why the nation’s productivity matters

The headlines paint a stark portrait of the amount of goods and services that American workers produce in any given year. We are in the longest decline of American productivity since the 1970s. That fact has economists pessimistic about the future chance of continued growth in this country. read more…

How to mess up an inherited IRA

Whoopee, your great aunt died and left you her Individual Retirement Account (IRA). The first thing you want to do is cash the check and take the family out to dinner. Wrong! The first thing you should do is read the rest of this column.inherited IRA read more…

Markets need to digest recent gains

Greed and fear make the world go round. While Donald Trump attempted to tap into the latter emotion in his acceptance speech this week, investors were mesmerized by the opposite emotion, at least where the stock market is concerned. 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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