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Why retire?

Back in the day, retirement was equivalent to that golden ring on every small town carousel. It was your reward for a life of hard work, saving and struggle. Today, like that disappearance of the carousel, fewer and fewer Americans see retirement as an attractive alternative to working. read more…

Second quarter earnings on deck

 

Next week we get to do it all over again. The second quarter ends in three days and investors will begin to focus on company results once again. The first quarter was nothing to write home about and the second quarter may be more of the same. read more…

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Will the Fed Falter?

 

As we enter the fifth year of the Federal Reserve Bank’s grand experiment to save our economy, doubts are beginning to surface. After a wonderful run in the financial markets, investors are concerned that the Fed is planning to once again slow their stimulus program.  That would be a mistake. read more…

Rising interest rates spook markets

 

Over the last month the interest rate on a ten year, U.S. Treasury note has risen half a point.  That may not sound like much in a market that has seen nothing but declines in Treasury yields for years, but investors fear it is simply the start of something big. read more…

Retirement, who can afford it?

 

Most Americans’ retirement savings are under $25,000. That’s old news. The new news is that with social security in jeopardy, medical costs skyrocketing and the chances of living longer better than ever, how do you expect to retire in the years ahead? read more…

1995 Redux?

By my reckoning, this leg of the stock market rally began about a week after the presidential elections. The rally overall has been going on much longer. The question everyone is asking is how long it can go on without a major correction. 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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