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The stock market and you

If one listens to the chatter throughout the financial media, you are most likely at your wits end in worry. No matter how much we may tell ourselves that this is not another 2008, the gnawing doubt in the pit of our stomach remains. read more…

Back to the future

The Federal Reserve Bank postponed hiking interest rates. Global stock markets swooned on what should have been good news. We are back to anticipating what the central bank will do in the future. read more…

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Expect another volatile week

 

 

The stakes are rising. On Friday, Vladimir Putin seemed to suggest that an attack on its ally, Syria, would provoke a response from Russia. President Obama stubbornly maintained that we will still take military action against Syria, who he accuses of breaking international law by gassing innocent people.  Historically, financial markets don’t take well to the threat of war between super powers.  read more…

Markets Will Drift Lower

 

August was not a great month for stock markets. September could be equally disappointing.  After months of higher highs, a consolidation phase should be expected but it is not the end of the world. read more…

The Cost of War

 

Over the last two decades America has participated in three different wars and several military interventions.  The economic bill for these actions has been substantial. Today, intervention in Syria is front and center. In this age of supposed frugality, why are Americans still willing to pay for air strikes on Damascus or anywhere else? read more…

Welcome to August

 

Stocks have pulled back almost 3% in the first two weeks of August. That’s a minor hiccup in the grand scheme of things. This present decline will most likely continue, but this consolidation is as normal as your Mom’s apple pie. read more…

Japan’s new frontier

After almost thirty years of stagnation, Japan is seeking to re-gain its competitive edge. Critics argue that this island nation needs to re-invent itself if it ever hopes to find its place amid a multitude of fiercely competitive global players. The question is, how can that be done? read more…

Japan, The Defense Dilemma

Japan is an island nation surrounded by countries who have expressed hostile intent in one form or another over recent years. It is also faced with turning around an economy that until recently was mired in a decades-long malaise. The launching of the “Izumo”, a 19,500-ton aircraft carrier, last week may be Japan’s answer to both problems. read more…

A nation of minimum wage workers

Recently, the minimum wage in America has been the subject of much debate. Proponents of increasing the wage argue that people holding those jobs can’t possibly make ends meet. Those against it contend that by doing so even more people would be priced out of the workforce.  Why should you care? 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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