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Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.

News of market volatility has felt like a pinball machine lately | Guest column

Webster’s dictionary defines the word volatility as “characterized by or subject to rapid or unexpected change.” Interestingly, Webster cites the stock market as one example… Continue reading

  • May 17, 2022

 

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Dick’s Drive-In to open new location in Federal Way

This will be Dick’s ninth burger restaurant; plans to open in 2023.

 

Governor Jay Inslee is showed the construction site of Kirkland’s new Google campus (Courtesy of Google)

Google introduces new campus at Kirkland Urban

Also announces plans to invest more than $100 million in Washington state in 2022.

 

Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.

Volatility and disciplined planning in 2022’s stock market | Guest column

The stock market in January experienced significantly increased volatility. In the first 14 trading days in January, the S&P500 declined about 12.5% on an intraday… Continue reading

  • Feb 11, 2022
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.
Snoqualmie Casino. Courtesy photo

Kirkland-based company sues to challenge ‘tribal gaming monopoly’ in Washington

Company called the state’s policy an “erroneous application of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.”

Snoqualmie Casino. Courtesy photo
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.

The forces behind our current COVID-induced inflation | Guest column

Recent inflation numbers have been quite high and at levels not seen for 40 years. As financial planners, inflation is important element of our financial… Continue reading

  • Jan 10, 2022
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.

The ‘year end’ elements of financial planning | Guest column

With the end of the year fast approaching, we remind clients that now is a good time to review key aspects of their finances. As… Continue reading

  • Dec 28, 2021
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.

How financial planners address plan uncertainty | Guest column

One of the key challenges we face as financial planners is dealing with the uncertainties around forecasts and assumptions in the planning process. I like… Continue reading

  • Nov 16, 2021
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.

Is cryptocurrency really an investment? | Guest column

Undoubtedly you have heard about the new form of money known as digital or “crypto” currencies. It is a fascinating new development in the financial… Continue reading

  • Oct 5, 2021
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.
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Grocery store workers have right to wear Black Lives Matter buttons

National Labor Relations Board ruling against ban by Kroger-owned QFC, Fred Meyer

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Dave and Buster's restaurant and entertainment venue looks to hire 130 people to staff its Bellevue venue, set to open in August. Photo courtesy Dave and Busters.

Dave and Buster’s hiring 130 for August opening in Bellevue

Dave and Buster’s restaurant and entertainment venue opens in downtown Bellevue on Aug. 30 and is now looking to find 130 people to join the… Continue reading

  • Jun 28, 2021
Dave and Buster's restaurant and entertainment venue looks to hire 130 people to staff its Bellevue venue, set to open in August. Photo courtesy Dave and Busters.
Images of dishes from Issaquah’s Umi Cafe posted on the SMORS page. (Photo courtesy of Kristen Ho)

Facebook page promotes minority-owned restaurants across Puget Sound region

Miya Nazzaro used to be a member of Facebook pages that were intended for people to promote and support restaurants around the Seattle area by… Continue reading

Images of dishes from Issaquah’s Umi Cafe posted on the SMORS page. (Photo courtesy of Kristen Ho)
The Moe Vegan food truck serves meals at the city of Kent’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 21, 2020. Sound Publishing file photo

King County fire marshals offer regulatory relief to food trucks

39 fire authorities have reportedly agreed to standardize fire codes and inspections.

The Moe Vegan food truck serves meals at the city of Kent’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 21, 2020. Sound Publishing file photo
Cash Cards Unlimited partners, left: Nick Nugwynne, right: Cassius Marsh (photo credit: Cash Cards Unlimited)

Former Seahawks player Cassius Marsh cashes in on trading cards

Marsh and his friend open physical and online trading card store as collectibles boom amid pandemic.

Cash Cards Unlimited partners, left: Nick Nugwynne, right: Cassius Marsh (photo credit: Cash Cards Unlimited)
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First large-scale, human composting facility in the world will open in Auburn

“It’s what nature meant us to do. We just do it faster.”

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Whole Foods grocery store entrance (Shutterstock)

King County considers grocery store worker hazard pay for those in unincorporated areas

The King County Metropolitan Council will vote during its next meeting on whether to grant hazard pay to grocery store workers employed by large stores… Continue reading

Whole Foods grocery store entrance (Shutterstock)
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WA Democrats consider new tax on billionaires

Plan could raise $5 billion from fewer than 100 taxpayers. Detractors fear it could drive Washington’s wealthiest out of state.

  • Feb 4, 2021
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Last summer, people took advantage of the outdoor dining along First Avenue between Gowe and Titus streets in downtown Kent. In Phase 2 of the governor’s reopening plan, which was announced Jan. 28, restaurants can reopen at a maximum 25% capacity and a limit of six people per table. Photo courtesy of Kent Downtown Partnership

Restaurant reprieve: State to relax some indoor restrictions

On Monday, area restaurants and certain entertainment venues may resume indoor service, the governor said.

Last summer, people took advantage of the outdoor dining along First Avenue between Gowe and Titus streets in downtown Kent. In Phase 2 of the governor’s reopening plan, which was announced Jan. 28, restaurants can reopen at a maximum 25% capacity and a limit of six people per table. Photo courtesy of Kent Downtown Partnership
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State Senate passes $1.7 billion in unemployment insurance tax relief

Targets relief to the most affected businesses; helps low-wage workers by raising their benefits

  • Jan 28, 2021
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2021 Chevrolet Blazer. Courtesy photo

Car review: 2021 Chevrolet Blazer

By Larry Lark, contributor When it comes to certain car models they seem to come, and go, and come again. That’s certainly the case with… Continue reading

  • Jan 18, 2021
2021 Chevrolet Blazer. Courtesy photo