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June is off the table

Yellen

The notes of the Fed’s April policy meeting, released this week, may have confused more people than not. The central bank committee revealed that they were unlikely to raise short-term interest rates in June. That statement could be taken as both a positive and a negative, depending on your investment position. read more…

Another record high

 

This off again, on again market continues to grind higher, if only by a few points, but it is the direction that counts. This week it was the S&P 500 Index’s turn to chalk up another record gain. And so it goes. read more…

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The Droning of America

 

Whether you call them unmanned aerial vehicles, remotely piloted aircraft or simply drones, these remote-controlled devices are expected to become a big business both here and abroad over the next decade. The question is whether this new technology will impact our lives in ways we are willing to accept. read more…

From Russia with Love

 

Stocks rallied this week as news that the world may have found a way to resolve the looming confrontation between the U.S. and Syria. If so, investors can thank Russia for the solution and a much-needed deal that might actually extend into a brokered peace. read more…

Five Years after the Crisis

The collapse of Lehman Brothers occurred five years ago this week. In hindsight, this investment bank’s disorderly failure proved to be the critical domino that set into motion economic and financial disruptions that are still with us today.  What have we learned? read more…

The Cost of War, Part II

As Congress prepares to debate a “go/no go” retaliatory strike against the Syrian regime, not a word has been mentioned about the potential cost of this action. That seems rather strange since just about every proposal out of Washington, no matter how important, has been debated on its cost and how its price tag would impact the deficit and debt limit.  read more…

Expect another volatile week

 

 

The stakes are rising. On Friday, Vladimir Putin seemed to suggest that an attack on its ally, Syria, would provoke a response from Russia. President Obama stubbornly maintained that we will still take military action against Syria, who he accuses of breaking international law by gassing innocent people.  Historically, financial markets don’t take well to the threat of war between super powers.  read more…

Markets Will Drift Lower

 

August was not a great month for stock markets. September could be equally disappointing.  After months of higher highs, a consolidation phase should be expected but it is not the end of the world. read more…

The Cost of War

 

Over the last two decades America has participated in three different wars and several military interventions.  The economic bill for these actions has been substantial. Today, intervention in Syria is front and center. In this age of supposed frugality, why are Americans still willing to pay for air strikes on Damascus or anywhere else? 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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