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The impact of bad apples

bad-applesFor years, the mantra of Corporate America has been that they are drowning in government rules and regulations. Small business has echoed that refrain, as has Wall Street. The problem is that these same entities continually shoot themselves in the foot. read more…

Much ado about nothing

It has been a volatile week in the markets. The averages have rocketed up and down by a percent or more as traders bet for and against a Fed move on interest rates next week. Does it matter? read more…

Women need to invest more

We all know women generally make less than men. On average, female workers make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns doing the same job. If you are a woman of color, or work in some lower paid industries, the gap could be even wider. It is one of the reasons women need to invest and save more, not less. read more…

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The candidates and the economy

As the GOP political convention winds down and the Democrat convention gears up, we continue to hear a steady stream of economic ‘one liners’ from the candidates. We all know that fixing the economy is one of the major issues of this campaign but so far the candidates are long on words and short on specifics. read more…

Markets make hay

A series of new historical highs rewarded investors who remained patient this year and remained invested. Unless something changes in the world of central banking, there is a good chance that further gains are in store for the stock market. read more…

Tax breaks for college savings

As the cost of college continues to soar in America, more and more states are offering tax breaks to families who are trying to save as much as they can for their kid’s educational future. The state of Massachusetts is deciding whether or not they will join the list this week.

The most commonly used vehicle for that purpose is the ‘qualified tuition plan,’ more commonly known as a 529 Plan. These plans are sponsored by states, state agencies or educational institutions and were originally authorized by Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code. They are tax-free on a federal level and all but eight of the 42 states that have an income tax allow families and individuals to claim a tax deduction on college savings. read more…

One for the Middle Class

middle classOn December 1, 2016, an estimated 4.2 million Americans could begin to see extra money in their paychecks. Some estimates project twice that number of workers will be affected by the roll out of new Department of Labor (DOL) rules governing overtime pay. read more…

Fourth of July started early for the markets

It wasn’t supposed to happen. After the British surprise vote to exit the European Union caught global investors leaning the wrong way last week, most traders expected a blood bath. Instead, after a two-day 5% sell-off, markets have regained almost 90% of that loss in the last few days. So how could the “smart money” get it so wrong twice in one week? 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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