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Fed Saves the Santa Rally


This week the Federal Reserve Bank announced it would begin to taper in January by $10 billion a month.  Most investors expected the markets to drop on the news but the opposite occurred. Why? read more…

What the Fed Taper means for you


This week the Federal Reserve Bank announced the beginning of the end of its years-long support of the financial markets.  Granted, $10 billion per month of reduced purchases is a baby first step, but over the next year, the Fed is hoping they can reduce its bond buying altogether. read more…

Coal in your stocking?


The bulls can’t muster enough strength to push stocks to new highs. Bears lack the conviction to stage a meaningful decline. It appears we are in a stand-off, but for how long? read more…

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Churning, Churning, Churning

Doubts are growing. Economic data is beginning to disappoint. Investors are taking profits and beginning to sell their best holdings. Yet, earnings are coming in better than expected. What’s an investor to do? read more…

The Gas Rush

There is talk that this country could be the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. It’s clean burning, domestically produced, abundant and offers a concrete exit plan away from this nation’s foreign energy dependence. Yet, from Texas to New York Americans appear to be willing to take up arms against any additional gas drilling. read more…

Expect More Volatility Ahead

As we enter the second quarter, this first week is a taste of things to come. After months of enjoying a straight-up stock market, we are getting back to the new normal, so strap on your seat belts.

Risk has returned

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A Stop and Start Economy

Recently, worries have surfaced over the sustainability of economic growth in this country. Over the last several months the data has been pretty good. Now the numbers indicate the economy is faltering—again.

Which way the economy?

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Spain Rains on U.S. Parade

 The release of the Federal Reserve’s FOMC meeting notes on Tuesday was responsible for the initial sell-off in the markets this week. Then a Spanish bond auction on Wednesday was received poorly by bond investors. That spooked the U.S. stock market for a second day in a row. Things have snowballed from there. read more…

Retailers Easter basket is full

“… He’s got jellybeans for Tommy,
        Colored eggs for sister Sue,
There’s an orchid for your Mommy And an Easter bonnet, too.”

Peter Cottontail – by Steve Nelson & Jack Rollins


This year’s early spring could mean a little extra cash in retailer’s Easter baskets. Despite gasoline prices approaching $4.00/gallon, consumers are shopping for everything from hams to hydrangeas. 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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