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U.S. jobs data sink markets

What’s good for Main Street is not necessarily good for Wall Street, at least in the short-term. As traders fret over a new era of rising interest rates, American workers may finally be coming into their own. read more…

Senior housing set to soar

United States demographics indicate that the senior population in this country is growing at twice the national average. As more and more Baby Boomers retire in the years ahead the demand for senior housing is set to skyrocket. read more…

Are we there yet?

This week we witnessed the first substantial correction in the stock market of the year. What matters most to investors now is whether we are at the end of the decline or the beginning of something worse. read more…

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The Droning of America

 

Whether you call them unmanned aerial vehicles, remotely piloted aircraft or simply drones, these remote-controlled devices are expected to become a big business both here and abroad over the next decade. The question is whether this new technology will impact our lives in ways we are willing to accept. read more…

From Russia with Love

 

Stocks rallied this week as news that the world may have found a way to resolve the looming confrontation between the U.S. and Syria. If so, investors can thank Russia for the solution and a much-needed deal that might actually extend into a brokered peace. read more…

Five Years after the Crisis

The collapse of Lehman Brothers occurred five years ago this week. In hindsight, this investment bank’s disorderly failure proved to be the critical domino that set into motion economic and financial disruptions that are still with us today.  What have we learned? read more…

The Cost of War, Part II

As Congress prepares to debate a “go/no go” retaliatory strike against the Syrian regime, not a word has been mentioned about the potential cost of this action. That seems rather strange since just about every proposal out of Washington, no matter how important, has been debated on its cost and how its price tag would impact the deficit and debt limit.  read more…

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…

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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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