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What’s up with Big Pharma?

This week several multi-billion dollar deals were announced in the pharmaceutical sector. Mergers and acquisitions on a global scale appears to be heating up in this sector with over $140 billion in transactions so far this year. What’s behind this feeding frenzy? read more…

Blood in the Streets


Investors began to focus on events in Ukraine this week as a continuing stalemate between Russia and the West erupted in gunfire. That bloodshed stopped the market dead in its tracks. The question is, for how long? read more…

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Is Krugman Right?

Economist Paul Krugman, Nobel Laureate and New York Times columnist has suggested a solution to this Great Recession. It is a controversial suggestion and one that flies in the face of today’s political wisdom. It just might work. read more…

Watching Thin Paint Dry


This week I have had a hard time deciding what’s worse: this summer’s heat and humidity or the meandering markets. The averages barely budged over five days and the volume was, well, atrocious. read more…

Mars is only the beginning

Hurrah for us. The “Curiosity” landing on Mars was the most complex landing NASA has ever attempted. The mission cost taxpayers $2.5 billion, but if history is any guide the economic payback to America will be much greater than that. read more…

Power Shifts from Wall St. to Washington

Do what your told

Years ago, it was our captains of industry who commanded the world’s attention. More recently, the spotlight of power was centered on Wall Street’s banks and brokers until 2008. Today, however, the heads of government and central banks are the market movers. read more…

Get Ready for More Stimulus


 Central bankers in both the U.S. and Europe disappointed most investors this week by failing to announce any additional monetary stimulus. But that doesn’t mean they won’t. What Wall Street fails to understand is that governments do things in their own time and pace. read more…

Promises, Promises

Twice in the last month the stock markets gained well over a percent in less than an hour. Both times the markets had sold off all week only to snap back on any hint of good news. Markets are primed to go higher. All they need is a promise or two fulfilled. read more…

A Bottom is not the same thing as a Recovery

Every summer for the last three years economists have announced that the housing market has finally bottomed. But in the same breath, they talk about a recovery they expect in the months and years ahead. I agree that the bottom is in but there is little sign of that promised recovery. 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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