Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Sat, 28 May 2016 01:50:51 EDT en-us The Independent Investor: How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Multi-Level Marketing http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3194 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3194 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:41:00 EDT So you want to be your own boss, make lots of money and do it all from the comfort of your home? It is the siren song of direct sales that has recruited legions of Americans through the years. Some make it, most do not. Here are some tips to help you in your new adventure. Whether you want... The Independent Investor: Let's Have a Jewelry Party http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3193 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3193 Wed, 25 May 2016 12:43:00 EDT Contrary to all the present and future trends in retailing, multilevel marketing (MLM) is still alive and well in this country. Exactly what is MLM and why are so many Americans enamored with hitting up their friends and relatives in an effort to succeed at personal retailing? MLM is a... @theMarket: Traders Build a Wall of Worry http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3186 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3186 Fri, 13 May 2016 17:33:00 EDT The markets are marking time. Earnings season is just about over. The lofty levels of the stock market survived those results largely because they were not quite as bad as expected. Now it is on to the next worry. Pick your poison — uncertainty over this summer's political... The Independent Investor: Estate Planning The Final Chapter http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3184 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3184 Fri, 13 May 2016 00:49:00 EDT The weekend is over. During the last two days your family came together and had that "talk," but before everyone goes their separate ways; some followup is required. Here are some of the things you should make sure are accomplished. As readers may recall, in this series we have... The Independent Investor: Giving Up Control in the Event You Need To http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3182 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3182 Fri, 06 May 2016 14:46:00 EDT The more successful you are, the more difficulty you face in wrestling with one inescapable fact. In preparing to pass the torch to your heirs, you need to give them the power to decide what happens to you and your estate in the event you can't. That's not an easy thing to get your... @theMarket: It May Be That Time Again http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3176 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3176 Sat, 30 Apr 2016 13:12:00 EDT For traders, the old adage to "Sell in May" is now upon us. Over the past 40-plus years this recommendation has worked over 70 percent of the time. Should you go with the statistics or ignore them? As regular readers know, the S&P 500 Index has already reached my target of... The Independent Investor: What Do Prince, You and a Will Have in Common? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3175 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3175 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:05:00 EDT What do Prince, you and a will have in common? The short answer is maybe nothing, unless, like so many of us, you still have not finalized such a document. If you haven't, get on the phone with a lawyer and get it done. The passing of Prince was a sad day, but even sadder is the fact... @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...