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The candidates and the economy

As the GOP political convention winds down and the Democrat convention gears up, we continue to hear a steady stream of economic ‘one liners’ from the candidates. We all know that fixing the economy is one of the major issues of this campaign but so far the candidates are long on words and short on specifics. read more…

Markets make hay

A series of new historical highs rewarded investors who remained patient this year and remained invested. Unless something changes in the world of central banking, there is a good chance that further gains are in store for the stock market. read more…

Tax breaks for college savings

As the cost of college continues to soar in America, more and more states are offering tax breaks to families who are trying to save as much as they can for their kid’s educational future. The state of Massachusetts is deciding whether or not they will join the list this week.

The most commonly used vehicle for that purpose is the ‘qualified tuition plan,’ more commonly known as a 529 Plan. These plans are sponsored by states, state agencies or educational institutions and were originally authorized by Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code. They are tax-free on a federal level and all but eight of the 42 states that have an income tax allow families and individuals to claim a tax deduction on college savings. read more…

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There goes the June rate hike

 

fed sealTraders thought it was a misprint. Economists, expecting as much as 160,000 job gains last month, sat back in stunned silence. The dollar dropped and gold rose. Given that only 38,000 jobs were added to the economy in May, their response was appropriate. read more…

One for the little guy

The retirement world is changing. A long-sought after regulation by the Department of Labor was released in April. It goes a long way toward protecting retirement savers from brokers and insurance agents. Here is what you need to know. read more…

Summertime, but nothing seems easy

 

After a couple of days of hand wringing, traders are now going with the notion that if the Fed raises rates in June or July, it may actually be good for the economy. Don’t put too much stock in that, however, because herd sentiment can turn quickly with one simple statement from the Fed. read more…

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…

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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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