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The Rise of the Smoothie

 

The global market for smoothies is projected to hit $9 billion this year. Driven by a new health-consciousness among consumers, today’s on-the-go convenience of gulping down your vitamins and minerals is appealing to more and more of us. Expect that trend to continue. read more…

Full steam ahead

 

The major averages made all-time highs again this week, except the Nasdaq. It is just a matter of time before that tech-heavy index joins the party. But what happens after that? read more…

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…

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Gay marriage comes of age

 

This week’s historic Supreme Court ruling could be a wind-fall for gays married and living in at least 13 states and the District of Columbia. That accounts for about two thirds of gay marriages in this country. For the rest, things are not so clear. read more…

Summer swoon

 

So far this market is performing as predicted. The sell-off began at the end of May and June is shaping up to be just as disappointing. July should be no great shakes either but all this means is the markets are setting up for a great fall and winter. read more…

The Fed Speaks

 

You would think the world was coming to an end, given the global investment community’s reaction to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s press conference on Wednesday. Evidently, we are so addicted to the Fed’s multi-year stimulus program that even a hint that the party may be coming to an end is a major cause of concern. read more…

Say it isn’t so

 

“Tell me you’re not leaving
Say you changed your mind now
That I am only dreaming
That this is not goodbye
This is starting over
If you wanna know
I don’t wanna let go
So say it isn’t so”

“Say it isn’t so”…Gareth Gates

 

So far June is playing out as expected. Stocks are see-sawing in a trading range that is driving day traders crazy. Hopefully, you are not one of them. read more…

A Taste of things to come

 

If you are a bond holder, the last few weeks may have come as a shock. Ever since the Fed raised the possibility of tapering their stimulus program, interest rates have spiked higher. For the first time in years, bondholders actually saw bond prices decline. Get used to it. read more…

Will the Fed Falter?

 

As we enter the fifth year of the Federal Reserve Bank’s grand experiment to save our economy, doubts are beginning to surface. After a wonderful run in the financial markets, investors are concerned that the Fed is planning to once again slow their stimulus program.  That would be a mistake. 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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