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Expect another volatile week

 

 

The stakes are rising. On Friday, Vladimir Putin seemed to suggest that an attack on its ally, Syria, would provoke a response from Russia. President Obama stubbornly maintained that we will still take military action against Syria, who he accuses of breaking international law by gassing innocent people.  Historically, financial markets don’t take well to the threat of war between super powers.  read more…

Markets Will Drift Lower

 

August was not a great month for stock markets. September could be equally disappointing.  After months of higher highs, a consolidation phase should be expected but it is not the end of the world. read more…

The Cost of War

 

Over the last two decades America has participated in three different wars and several military interventions.  The economic bill for these actions has been substantial. Today, intervention in Syria is front and center. In this age of supposed frugality, why are Americans still willing to pay for air strikes on Damascus or anywhere else? read more…

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Zombies are BOOming

They arrive at night or at odd times when most of us fail to notice.  In small towns and large, in desolate strip malls and out of the way commercial spaces, store fronts pop-up, as if by magic. The costume stores have come to town. Halloween is coming, so get ready for what has become the third largest party night in America.

Most popular costume this year

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No Where Land

“He’s a real nowhere man,
Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
Making all his nowhere plans
for nobody.”
 The Beatles

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If there was ever an argument for staying on the sidelines, this week’s market action should have driven that point home to even the most aggressive investors. We are betwixt and between, groping blindly through a fog of confusion, rumors and false starts. Over the short-term expect more of the same. read more…

Highway to the Danger Zone

“Highway to the Danger Zone

I’ll take you

Right into the Danger Zone”

Kenny Loggins from the movie “Top Gun”

 

One would think that the world is coming to an end. By Friday morning every headline, every opening sound bite on television and on the radio began with the massive declines experienced by world stock markets this week. Take all this with a grain of salt.

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What the markets missed

As disappointed global stock markets plummet in response to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s latest stimulus initiative, few investors are paying attention to what may be the Fed’s real intention behind this new plan—mortgage refinancing.

Is the White House and Fed planning a big REFI?

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Home on the Range

Over the last few months, the stock market has traded in a range that has confounded both bulls and bears alike. Now, we are fast approaching the top of the range once again. Will the averages disappoint once again or are we on the verge of a break out?

Do we go higher or lower?

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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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