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Traders build a wall of worry

The markets are marking time. Earnings season is just about over. The lofty levels of the stock market survived those results largely because they were not quite as bad as expected. Now it is on to the next worry. read more…

Estate Planning—the final chapter

final chapterThe weekend is over. During the last two days your family came together and had that “talk,” but before everyone goes their separate ways; some follow-up is required. Here are some of the things you should make sure are accomplished. read more…

Markets wrestle with the unknown

“Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn, and cauldron bubble.”

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Jobs, politics, the dollar and oil, stir in a little seasonality, and what you have is a witch’s brew of uncertainty. And we all know how much the markets abhor the unknown. read more…

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Fed-driven rally grinds higher

 

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the Federal Reserve Bank gave investors everything they wanted this week. As a result, the indexes racked up their fifth week of gains in a row. Could there be six? read more…

Why free trade has a bad rep

The Establishment–Economists, politicians of both parties, Wall Street and Corporate America–are horrified. One of the lynch pins of capitalism has suddenly come under attack. The growing anger over free trade is threatening more than 30 years of trade deals with the rest of the world. It was a disaster waiting to happen and we have only ourselves to blame.free trade read more…

Markets are at an important level

Stocks spent the last week consolidating. It was a necessary exercise, since stocks were overbought. Now that condition is behind us, and markets climbed higher by the end of this week. We are now at an important level. Call it a moment of truth that will indicate to investors whether the correction is over. read more…

The Rise of the Robots in banking

If you think the human factor is rapidly disappearing from the workplace, you may be surprised to know that Skynet has arrived and even C-3PO and R2-D2 are being left behind. Nowhere is this change more apparent than in the nation’s banking system.   read more…

Markets need a break

The stock market has climbed 10% in the last three weeks from its February lows. That is a substantial gain, over a year’s worth of historical performance for the S&P 500 index. And as such, it’s time for a break.sleep bulls 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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