The Retired Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? The Retired Investor/@theMarket Thu, 30 Jun 2022 06:22:13 EDT en-us @theMarket: Recession: 'Certainly a Possibility' http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4279 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4279 Fri, 24 Jun 2022 17:02:00 EDT "Certainly a Possibility."    Those were the words of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell during testimony to the U.S. Senate banking Committee on Wednesday, June 22. Investors took his warning in stride, instead of plummeting. That may indicate markets are ready... The Retired Investor: Stock Market & Midterm Elections http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4278 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4278 Thu, 23 Jun 2022 18:37:00 EDT The stock market does not perform well in the year leading up to midterm elections. This year's election may just add to the overall woes besetting equities.   Historically, the average annual return of the benchmark S&P 500 Index in the 12 months before the Nov. 5 election... @theMarket: Inflation Shock Pummels Markets http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4277 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4277 Fri, 10 Jun 2022 16:08:00 EDT The Consumer Price Index (CPI) surged in May 2022 as gas prices continued to run higher. These results came as a downside surprise to a stock market that has been falling most of the week.   Friday's CPI number for May 2022 reflected an increase of 1 percent, compared to... The Retired Investor: Natural Gas Prices Fall But For How Long? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4276 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4276 Thu, 09 Jun 2022 16:30:00 EDT Only recently have investors' focus shifted from $120 a barrel of oil to the soaring price of natural gas. Given the many uses of natural gas, from heating and cooling and generating electricity to the production of plastics and petrochemicals, the direction of prices could be critical to... @theMarket: June Still Looks Good for the Markets http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4275 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4275 Sat, 04 Jun 2022 09:53:00 EDT Thus far, the markets in June seem poised for a further bounce higher. That does not mean we are in the clear throughout the summer, but let's take it one month at a time. Here is what I see.   Between now and June 17, 2022, I am betting for another move up in the equity... The Retired Investor: The Gun Industry Is Doing Just Fine http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4274 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4274 Fri, 03 Jun 2022 15:12:00 EDT Despite the carnage caused by firearms, the business of manufacturing, marketing, and selling guns to Americans is thriving. What is worse, it appears that efforts to control and regulate the industry may only increase sales.   During the start of the COVID-19 pandemic (2020-2021),... @theMarket: Corporate Earnings, the Dollar, and the 'W' http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4273 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4273 Fri, 27 May 2022 15:43:00 EDT   In case after case, corporate earnings guidance was at best disappointing. Those companies that disappointed saw their stocks plummet, which took the markets down with them. But earnings season is almost over. Now what?   This past week we saw some stocks fall 30-40 and... The Retired Investor: Wealth Effect Cuts Both Ways http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4272 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4272 Thu, 26 May 2022 16:54:00 EDT Economists know that consumers spend more when their wealth increases, even if their income remains the same. However, if wealth decreases, the opposite occurs.     The concept, known as the wealth effect, has spurred the economy for well more than a decade as savers'... The Retired Investor: Interest-Only mortgages Risky In Rising Rate Environment. http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4271 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4271 Sat, 21 May 2022 10:06:00 EDT Over the past decade, as interest rates declined, some home buyers gravitated towards interest-only loans. However, times are changing, and borrowers should be careful in considering this kind of mortgage loan.   During the past two years, many financial lenders have tightened... @theMarket: Look Out for a Bounce in the Stock Market http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4270 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4270 Fri, 13 May 2022 15:37:00 EDT The bears are prowling the corroders of Wall Street. No one questions that, but rallies in downtrends can be breath-taking. Look for one of those short covering relief rallies in the coming week.   Do I know that will happen? Of course not, but when we get as oversold as we are now,...