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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…

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The Doha Dilemma

Will they or won’t they freeze oil production this weekend at the OPEC meeting in Doha, Qatar? All the main oil producers will show up. The direction of oil prices (and the markets) may hinge on the outcome. read more…

Have you had “The Talk” yet?

Whether you are a Baby Boomer or the child of one, it is about time you faced the music. We all know that life ends, no matter how hard we try to ignore it. Having a family meeting before it is too late may save all of you needless heartache and financial turmoil. read more…

Economy stronger, stocks weaker

oil and stocksInvestors can expect the stock market to carve out a new trading range over the next few weeks. The good news is that range will be higher than it has been all year. The bad news is that we should not expect a repeat performance of March. read more…

The Fed keeps traders on edge

It has only been a week since the last Fed meeting. Yet several members of the central bank are already contradicting the message their leader, Federal Reserve Bank Chairwoman Janet Yellen, delivered to the markets. 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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