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While the summer months are usually the slowest season on Wall Street, July has proven to be anything but. As we enter the month of August, can we expect the same?

Whether we focus on overseas markets or review our own, it is clear that volatility remained and will remain elevated. Overseas markets in Asia took it on the chin, while the United States was trapped in a trading range that will continue in the month ahead. The good news is that this range appears to have an upward bias, so we can expect some minor new highs as time passes. read more…

Supermarkets evolve to survive

 

We take our local supermarkets for granted. Like gas stations, there seems to one on almost every corner, at least in suburbia. With competition from a variety of sources, supermarkets have been forced to reinvent themselves and are doing a good job doing just that. read more…

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Game Changer

 

This week’s gain in non-farm payroll jobs was good news for the economy.  Employment data revealed the country created 195,000 new jobs, just a hair’s breadth away from the 200,000 jobs a month we need to sustain an accelerating economy. So why isn’t the stock market celebrating? read more…

Is the American Dream Changing?

Time was when most Americans pointed to their home and the automobile as proof that they were “living the dream.” No one questioned those values and just about everyone worked hard to achieve those symbols of prosperity. Not anymore. read more…

Euphoria Fades for now

 

The second quarter ended with a whimper rather than a bang. Investors have become confused and uncertain, thanks to the Fed. Despite that, the S&P 500 Index was still up almost 2.7% for the second quarter. read more…

Gay marriage comes of age

 

This week’s historic Supreme Court ruling could be a wind-fall for gays married and living in at least 13 states and the District of Columbia. That accounts for about two thirds of gay marriages in this country. For the rest, things are not so clear. read more…

Summer swoon

 

So far this market is performing as predicted. The sell-off began at the end of May and June is shaping up to be just as disappointing. July should be no great shakes either but all this means is the markets are setting up for a great fall and winter. read more…

The Fed Speaks

 

You would think the world was coming to an end, given the global investment community’s reaction to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s press conference on Wednesday. Evidently, we are so addicted to the Fed’s multi-year stimulus program that even a hint that the party may be coming to an end is a major cause of concern. read more…

Say it isn’t so

 

“Tell me you’re not leaving
Say you changed your mind now
That I am only dreaming
That this is not goodbye
This is starting over
If you wanna know
I don’t wanna let go
So say it isn’t so”

“Say it isn’t so”…Gareth Gates

 

So far June is playing out as expected. Stocks are see-sawing in a trading range that is driving day traders crazy. Hopefully, you are not one of them. 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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