Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Tue, 18 Jun 2019 07:46:40 EDT en-us @theMarket: Markets Expect Fed to Cut Rates http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3890 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3890 Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:08:00 EDT Investors can credit the Fed once again for the market's revival thus far in June. The buying is fueled by expectations of three rate cuts by no later than December. Is that wishful thinking?   While only 23 percent of investors expect a rate cut next week when the Fed meets, 83... The Independent Investor: The Suburban Dilemma http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3889 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3889 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 16:25:00 EDT Over the last decade, the percentage of Baby Boomers, those aged 65 to 74, living in the suburbs increased by almost 50 percent. Over the next 20 years, that age group will double in size, and by 2040, 1 in every 5 Americans will be age 85 or older. The majority of them will continue to live in... @theMarket: When Bad News Is Good News http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3886 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3886 Fri, 07 Jun 2019 16:47:00 EDT You would think that a non-farm payroll report that was way below expectations would give investors pause. After all, when the pace of employment slows, it usually means that the economy is slowing as well. So why did the stock market spike higher?   It comes down to what the Fed... The Independent Investor: Long-Term Planning Is Crucial to Caregiving http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3885 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3885 Thu, 06 Jun 2019 17:37:00 EDT The family is headed toward a crisis in caring for the elderly. It will impact all of us, so if you have aging parents, don't think you can just close your eyes and hope for the best. You are likely setting yourself up for a world of hurt.    All too often, the adult... @theMarket: Have the Wheels Come Off the Market? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3882 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3882 Fri, 31 May 2019 16:09:00 EDT No question about it, the president's decision to impose 5 percent tariffs on all Mexican imports by June 10 caught investors flat-footed. Combined with the on-going war of words with the Chinese on tariffs, markets worldwide fell sharply this week. Is a relief rally in the... The Independent Investor: Cost of Caregiving Keeps Climbing http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3881 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3881 Thu, 30 May 2019 19:05:00 EDT If you thought the nation has problems with Social Security and Medicare, you ain't seen nothing yet. Today, more than two-thirds of Americans assume they will be able to rely on a family member to meet their long-term care needs if needed. My advice: don't count on it, and here's... @theMarket: Markets Held Hostage by Trade & Machines http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3878 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3878 Fri, 24 May 2019 15:19:00 EDT If it were not for computer-driven trading, it might actually be funny. Financial markets are careening up and down on a daily basis based on the next tweet or comment from the Trump administration or its counterparts in China. We could see more of the same next week.   Rhyme or... The Independent Investor: Don't Take Loans From Your Tax-Deferred Accounts http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3875 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3875 Thu, 23 May 2019 16:49:00 EDT It sounds too good to be true. Why borrow from a bank when you can take a loan out from your 401(k) or 403(b) and pay yourself back in both interest and principal? If that sounds like a great deal, it's not.   Money purchase plans, profit-sharing plans, 457(b) plans and both... @theMarket: Markets Sell in May http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3876 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3876 Fri, 17 May 2019 16:58:00 EDT The old adage "sell in May and go away" seems to be working this year. In short order all three averages experienced a down draft over the past few days that amounted to about a 5 percent decline in total. Is there more to go on the downside?   If I were a betting man, I... The Independent Investor: Epidemic Pulls Pork Prices Higher http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3870 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3870 Thu, 16 May 2019 17:38:00 EDT The African swine fever could cause prices in China to spike 70 percent or more this year. The highly infectious disease is spreading throughout Asia and could lead to a large increase in the price of pork here at home as well.   Before you ask, this highly infectious virus, while...