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Volatility defines the stock market

volatilityIt was a tumultuous week. Investors should get used to it because volatility is going to be with us for some time to come. You can blame a lot of things, but the evidence suggests that the dollar is the main culprit behind the market’s gyrations. read more…

Is Main Street really recovering?

As Wall Street climbed higher and higher over the last five years, Main Street has languished. Jobs, until recently, were few and far between. But if the latest economic statistics can be believed, things just might be looking up. read more…

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Political Posturing Ahead

 

The markets have spent most of this year focusing on concrete things like the economy, jobs, the Fed’s stimulus program and corporate earnings. However, we are entering that time of year when our dysfunctional political parties may once again roil the markets in an attempt to justify their miserable existence. read more…

Food Stamps and the Farm Bill

 

The decision by congress to pass a version of the new farm bill which excludes the food stamp program caused a fair amount of concern throughout America last week. Unless a compromise is reached with the Senate by September, it will mean that a lot of people, especially children, are going to go hungry in the months ahead.  read more…

Nothing is Simple

 

The biggest risk to the markets this week was Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s testimony before congress. Despite worries that he would say something that would send the markets into a tail spin, he did nothing of the sort. When it comes to the Fed, Wall Street may be its own worst enemy, and here’s why. read more…

Do you believe?

It may well be the most-hated stock market rally in recent history. Every time we hit a new high, as we did this week, investors brace for the next pull back. When the declines do occur however, they are shallow and soon recover. What is that telling you? read more…

Game Changer

 

This week’s gain in non-farm payroll jobs was good news for the economy.  Employment data revealed the country created 195,000 new jobs, just a hair’s breadth away from the 200,000 jobs a month we need to sustain an accelerating economy. So why isn’t the stock market celebrating? read more…

Is the American Dream Changing?

Time was when most Americans pointed to their home and the automobile as proof that they were “living the dream.” No one questioned those values and just about everyone worked hard to achieve those symbols of prosperity. Not anymore. 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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