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Second quarter earnings on deck

 

Next week we get to do it all over again. The second quarter ends in three days and investors will begin to focus on company results once again. The first quarter was nothing to write home about and the second quarter may be more of the same. read more…

Tiny houses gain appeal

In this era of tight credit, high-priced McMansions and rapid life-style changes, the American Housing Dream may no longer be defined as a three-bedroom homestead on half an acre. For many Americans of all ages, there is a movement afoot to downsize their living space dramatically. read more…

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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…

Euphoria Fades for now

 

The second quarter ended with a whimper rather than a bang. Investors have become confused and uncertain, thanks to the Fed. Despite that, the S&P 500 Index was still up almost 2.7% for the second quarter. read more…

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…

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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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