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Man’s most expensive friend

The pet business is booming. Last year we spent $58.5 billion on our animal buddies and will plunk down an additional 4-5% more this year. The lion’s share of that increase, after food, is going toward health care. read more…

June is off the table

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The notes of the Fed’s April policy meeting, released this week, may have confused more people than not. The central bank committee revealed that they were unlikely to raise short-term interest rates in June. That statement could be taken as both a positive and a negative, depending on your investment position. read more…

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The Goldilocks Market

 

The S& P 500 Index made record highs this week. It is catching up with the Dow, which has been making new highs now for over a month. Yet many investors do not believe this rally. Some are still sitting on the sidelines waiting and praying for a pullback that has not occurred. read more…

Where others fear to tread

 

In the wake of across the board government spending cuts, this month President Obama proposed a new R&D initiative aimed at mapping the brain. Critics immediately balked over the $100 million price tag, but those protests may be penny-wise but pound foolish given some of the breakthroughs government has achieved in the past. read more…

Five for Five

 

It was another good week for the averages with all three indexes chalking up five days of gains in a row. Friday, however, was a mild disappointment thanks to the latest GDP data. read more…

R2D2 and the stock market

Tuesday’s ‘flash crash’ precipitated by a fake tweet attributed to a major news organization is old news by now. No long term investors got hurt in the debacle and by the end of the week it was business as usual in the nation’s exchanges. That doesn’t mean it won’t happen again and again. read more…

Worst week of the year

 

Markets pulled back this week for a variety of reasons. None of them are more than short term concerns but when a market is ripe for a sell-off it doesn’t take much to tip it over. read more…

April Markets

 

If one looks back over the last decade, April has been a good month for the stock markets. On average, the S&P 500 Index has risen almost 2% in April with the lion’s share of gains coming in the last two weeks of the month. Month to date, the S&P 500 Index is up 1.4%. read more…

The Rising Sun, Part II

The Japanese stock market is the single best performing market so far this year.  That’s saying something, since we all know that our own markets are hitting record highs on a daily basis. I’m betting this is just the dawn of a new age for this island nation. 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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