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The Fed keeps traders on edge

It has only been a week since the last Fed meeting. Yet several members of the central bank are already contradicting the message their leader, Federal Reserve Bank Chairwoman Janet Yellen, delivered to the markets. read more…

Are negative interest rates the answer?

NIRPYou may have heard of the newest wrinkle among central bankers. It’s called “NIRP,” which stands for negative interest rate policy. Several countries have already implemented this policy and are hoping their actions will stem the tide of deflation and low economic growth. read more…

Fed-driven rally grinds higher

 

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the Federal Reserve Bank gave investors everything they wanted this week. As a result, the indexes racked up their fifth week of gains in a row. Could there be six? read more…

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Is a recession looming?

 

The funny thing about declining stock markets is that when they last more than a couple of weeks, talk of recession starts to percolate among investors. It is no different this time. read more…

One and Done?

One-and-Done-Logo1Today’s Gross Domestic Product gain was a measly 0.7%, bringing last year’s growth rate to 2.4%, about equal to the economy’s gain in 2014. Those results, combined with events overseas, may give the Fed pause this year in raising interest rates any further. read more…

The high price of cash

Since the beginning of January, many investors have sold their holdings in the stock market and are sitting on the sidelines in cash. Is it too late to sell, or would selling out be a wise move? read more…

Stocks Rebound

reboundIt had to happen at some point. The averages declined almost every day for three weeks in a row, so a relief rally should be expected. The question is how long will it continue? 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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