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Three in one

On Thursday, all three U.S. benchmark averages—the S&P 500, NASDAQ and the Dow Jones Industrial Average—registered historical new highs on the same day. You don’t want to know what happened the last time this happened. read more…

Why the nation’s productivity matters

The headlines paint a stark portrait of the amount of goods and services that American workers produce in any given year. We are in the longest decline of American productivity since the 1970s. That fact has economists pessimistic about the future chance of continued growth in this country. read more…

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The only game in town

Investors are scratching their heads in confusion. How can U.S. stocks, bonds, commodities and the dollar all go up at the same time? It flies in the face of historical relationships that have been around for years. Thank the central banks of the world for the present situation. read more…

There goes the June rate hike

 

fed sealTraders thought it was a misprint. Economists, expecting as much as 160,000 job gains last month, sat back in stunned silence. The dollar dropped and gold rose. Given that only 38,000 jobs were added to the economy in May, their response was appropriate. read more…

One for the little guy

The retirement world is changing. A long-sought after regulation by the Department of Labor was released in April. It goes a long way toward protecting retirement savers from brokers and insurance agents. Here is what you need to know. read more…

Summertime, but nothing seems easy

 

After a couple of days of hand wringing, traders are now going with the notion that if the Fed raises rates in June or July, it may actually be good for the economy. Don’t put too much stock in that, however, because herd sentiment can turn quickly with one simple statement from the Fed. read more…

Markets Reset on Fed warning

 

warningThe markets fell and kept falling most of the week. Investors fear that at the Fed’s next open market committee meeting in June, Federal Reserve Bank Chairperson, Janet Yellen, will decide to raise interest rates again. 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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