Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Sat, 21 Oct 2017 00:47:59 EDT en-us The Independent Investor: Taketh Care of Your Workers and They Will Taketh Care of You http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3521 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3521 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:30:00 EDT Employers have had it all their own way for a decade or more. They have been able to freeze wages, cut benefits, force overtime and even deny vacations with impunity. Now, for many, it's time to pay the piper.   There is a saying, "what goes around, comes around,"... @the Market: Markets Need a Time Out http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3512 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3512 Sat, 07 Oct 2017 10:59:00 EDT The S&P 500 Index has gone up eight straight days. The other averages have done the same thing. That hasn't happened since 2013. It's time for a break.   It appears that stocks are in "melt-up" mode. That's a term we financial geeks use to describe an... The Independent Investor: Tackling Taxes http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3513 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3513 Fri, 06 Oct 2017 17:05:00 EDT President Donald Trump introduced a flurry of tax proposals last week. Tax reform, as well as tax cuts, was included in his plan. Give him an "A" for effort in tackling something that no politician has dared to do since Reagan.   Naturally, depending upon your political... The Independent Investor: Time to Check Your Insurance Policies http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3504 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3504 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:35:00 EDT With hurricanes to the left and right of us, maybe a review of your home owner's insurance policy makes sense. You may find out that at today's real estate values, you are underinsured.   If you are like me, the last time you visited the insurance subject was during the... @theMarket: NK Missile Dud on Wall Street http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3501 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3501 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:50:00 EDT The North Korean boy who cried wolf is alive and well, but seems to have less and less impact on financial markets. Kim Jong Un's minions launched another missile over Japan on Thursday night and the markets simply yawned.   Geopolitics are always a risk for the financial... The Independent Investor: The Price Tag of Disaster http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3499 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3499 Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:46:00 EDT Over the past four weeks, just two hurricanes have cost the country upwards of $300 billion. This has easily surpassed the 2005 hurricane cost of $200 billion, which included Katrina, Wilma and Rita combined. The cumulative cost of weather continues to escalate and with good... @theMarket: Markets Brace for the Weekend http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3490 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3490 Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:33:00 EDT Usually, the weekend is a time when traders try to relax, reduce stress, and prepare for the coming week's markets. This weekend will be an exception to that rule. Just about everyone is focused on the latest news of Hurricane Irma's landfall in southern Florida tomorrow and into... The Independent Investor: America, the Battered http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3489 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3489 Thu, 07 Sep 2017 18:30:00 EDT Extreme weather and other climate disasters appear to be occurring far more frequently than we would like. The loss of life and economic damage also seem to be increasing. But does the data support those opinions, and if it does, what price do we pay for all of these perfect... @themarket: Global Interest Rates Rise, Global Stocks Fall http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3453 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3453 Sat, 08 Jul 2017 11:05:00 EDT It is something we really haven't seen in quite some time. Back in the day, before the financial crisis, interest rates and stocks most often moved in opposite directions. This week investors got a taste of what the future might hold.   U.S Treasury yields on the 10-year note... The Independent Investor: The Market's Half-Time Report http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3452 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3452 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 12:56:00 EDT Financial markets worldwide ended the first six months of the year much better off than they started. Here in the U.S., the Dow and the S&P 500 Indexes both gained 8 percent, while NASDAQ delivered 15 percent.   The Russell 2000, the small cap index, underperformed (up 4...