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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…

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What will the New Year bring?

crystal-ball-875370-sIt was a good year for the stock market. The S&P 500 Index was up in excess of 12.5% with the other averages putting in a good performance as well. Naturally, investors are hoping for another year of stellar returns. Is that a reasonable expectation? read more…

What’s happening to the movies?

Have you noticed that American movies seem to be long on bullets and increasingly short on words? That despite flop after flop at the box office, the same movies are coming out with sequels? Get used to it because, increasingly, American viewers are a distinct minority when it comes to the box office. read more…

Could Greece upset the applecart?

 

 

This week a parliamentary vote to elect a president failed in Greece. National elections have now been called for late January. The outcome could trigger a revolt against an austerity program that has brought years of suffering and pain to the population. read more…

Santa comes to Town.

Pessimists are on vacation this week. It doesn’t matter that the indexes are overbought. That markets are hitting new highs without a pause. It’s Christmas and Hanukkah week. The Big Guy has come to town. read more…

IRA Distribution Time

Information abounds on why and when you should contribute to a tax-deferred savings plan such as an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Less is known about what happens in retirement when you have to take money out of these plans. For those who turned 70 ½ years or older in 2013, pay attention, because it’s distribution time. read more…

It’s all in the way you say it

“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word.” Emily Dickinson

The Fed ended the stock market decline this week by simply changing a sentence or two. In the space of a few hours, global markets soared, creating billions of dollars in gains for investors worldwide. Don’t ever doubt the power of words. 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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