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Does another trade pact make sense?

As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the United States winds down, politicians in both houses of Congress need to decide whether the proposed Trans-Pacific, 12-nation trade pact makes economic sense. It does and we should jump on it. read more…

Buy on the news

The worst of earnings season is behind us and it isn’t nearly as bad as investors feared. Led by the tech sector, market averages are once again near their highs and appear to be on their way to even higher highs. read more…

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Welcome to August

 

Stocks have pulled back almost 3% in the first two weeks of August. That’s a minor hiccup in the grand scheme of things. This present decline will most likely continue, but this consolidation is as normal as your Mom’s apple pie. read more…

Japan’s new frontier

After almost thirty years of stagnation, Japan is seeking to re-gain its competitive edge. Critics argue that this island nation needs to re-invent itself if it ever hopes to find its place amid a multitude of fiercely competitive global players. The question is, how can that be done? read more…

Japan, The Defense Dilemma

Japan is an island nation surrounded by countries who have expressed hostile intent in one form or another over recent years. It is also faced with turning around an economy that until recently was mired in a decades-long malaise. The launching of the “Izumo”, a 19,500-ton aircraft carrier, last week may be Japan’s answer to both problems. read more…

A nation of minimum wage workers

Recently, the minimum wage in America has been the subject of much debate. Proponents of increasing the wage argue that people holding those jobs can’t possibly make ends meet. Those against it contend that by doing so even more people would be priced out of the workforce.  Why should you care? read more…

To Taper or not to Taper?

Will the Fed taper? If so, when will they taper and by how much? No one knows and because the markets just abhor the unknown, it is why the stock market declined this week. Pay no attention to these histrionics. read more…

What’s not to like?

 

This has to be the most-hated stock market rally in history. No one trusts Wall Street or the stock market and just about everyone is looking for an excuse to sell. There isn’t a day that goes by without some lionized Wall Street sage predicting the top of the market. That’s why it will continue to go up. read more…

Europe is Recovering

It was not that long ago that the world questioned whether the European Union and its currency would survive. Portugal, Greece, Spain and even Italy appeared to be hovering on the brink of economic disaster.  Europe was a basket case but today that assessment may be changing. 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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