Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:48:29 EDT en-us @theMarket: Markets Hold on to Weekly Gains http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3167 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3167 Sat, 23 Apr 2016 09:19:00 EDT It was a struggle, but the stock market indexes stubbornly refused to cave in despite some really horrendous earnings reports. A battle is being waged among bulls and bears right here, right now. Who will win? Remember last week when I reported that earnings have been revised down so low... The Independent Investor: Leaving your Legacy http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3166 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3166 Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:53:00 EDT It may not seem so sometimes, but your children value your opinion. The older they get, the more importance they place on things like your ethics, moral teachings and values. That's why it is extremely important to leave a legacy after you are gone that your children can turn to when they... The Independent Investor: Have You Had 'The Talk' Yet? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3162 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3162 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:18:00 EDT Whether you are a Baby Boomer or the child of one, it is about time you faced the music. We all know that life ends, no matter how hard we try to ignore it. Having a family meeting before it is too late may save all of you needless heartache and financial turmoil. Today, we are in the... The Independent Investor: Long-Term Care Insurance Can Be Crucial to Your Future http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3160 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3160 Thu, 07 Apr 2016 17:08:00 EDT It is a subject that most Baby Boomers want to ignore. Many of us are gambling on the hope that we won't need long-term care, or if we do, our medical insurance, Medicare, or, at worst, Medicaid will cover the cost. Think again. In last week's column I outlined what long-term care... @theMarket: Economy Stronger, Stocks Weaker http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3155 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3155 Fri, 01 Apr 2016 16:10:00 EDT Investors can expect the stock market to carve out a new trading range over the next few weeks. The good news is that range will be higher than it has been all year. The bad news is that we should not expect a repeat performance of March. March was a good month for the S&P 500 Index.... The Independent Investor: Long-Term Care Insurance Should Be on Your Agenda http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3154 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3154 Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:01:00 EDT As Baby Boomers grow into their 60s, the possibility that at some point soon you may need long-term care becomes a real possibility. Since that kind of care can cost $250 a day or more, depending on where you live, it makes sense to at least consider buying insurance. For those of us who... The Independent Investor: Are Negative Interest Rates the Answer? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3151 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3151 Fri, 25 Mar 2016 17:47:00 EDT You may have heard of the newest wrinkle among central bankers. It's called "NIRP," which stands for negative interest rate policy. Several countries have already implemented this policy and are hoping their actions will stem the tide of deflation and low economic... @theMarket: Fed-Driven Rally Grinds Higher http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3145 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3145 Sat, 19 Mar 2016 09:51:00 EDT Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, the Federal Reserve Bank gave investors everything they wanted this week. As a result, the indexes racked up their fifth week of gains in a row. Could there be six? A combination of events has unfolded over the last few weeks that have... The Independent Investor: Why Free Trade Has a Bad Rep http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3144 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3144 Fri, 18 Mar 2016 15:40:00 EDT The Establishment — Economists, politicians of both parties, Wall Street and Corporate America — are horrified. One of the linchpins of capitalism has suddenly come under attack. The growing anger over free trade is threatening more than 30 years of trade deals with the rest of the... @theMarket: Markets Are at an Important Level http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3142 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3142 Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:24:00 EST Stocks spent the last week consolidating. It was a necessary exercise, since stocks were overbought. Now that condition is behind us, and markets climbed higher by the end of this week. We are now at an important level. Call it a moment of truth that will indicate to investors whether the...