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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…

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It’s still a coin toss


Despite all the algorithmic programs, high-powered computers, enormous capital and worldwide connections, what happens in the investment world sometimes comes down to a coin toss. The British vote next Thursday to stay or exit the European Community is shaping up to be one of those binary events. read more…

The Brexit Primer

At this time next week the results of a United Kingdom referendum on whether or not to leave the European Union will be announced to the world. The polls are too close to call and the odds are changing every day. For the past several days equity markets worldwide have been selling off in fear that the Brits will vote yes to a Brexit. Why so much angst over one country leaving the EU? read more…

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…

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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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