Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:11:42 EDT en-us @theMarket: Fedspeak Occupies A Dull Market http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3253 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3253 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 18:16:00 EDT It is late summer and a time when the rumor mills work overtime. Financial news departments, confronted with a paucity of breaking news, are desperate to publish "informed opinions" and comments from any public or private sector big name they can find. This week a squad of Fed... The Independent Investor: Health Savings Accounts a Good Idea http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3250 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3250 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 15:14:00 EDT Does your employer offer a health savings plan? Many do, especially if your company's health insurance has a high deductible. If you aren't taking advantage of it, you should and here's why. Health Savings Accounts (HSA) were created as a way to help control rising health care... @theMarket: Three in One http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3248 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3248 Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:24:00 EDT On Thursday, all three U.S. benchmark averages — the S&P 500, NASDAQ and the Dow Jones Industrial Average—registered historical new highs on the same day. You don't want to know what happened the last time this happened. That was in 1999. The year after ushered in the... The Independent Investor: Why the Nation's Productivity Matters http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3249 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3249 Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:31:00 EDT The headlines paint a stark portrait of the amount of goods and services that American workers produce in any given year. We are in the longest decline of American productivity since the 1970s. That fact has economists pessimistic about the future chance of continued growth in this... @theMarket: Markets Need to Digest Recent Gains http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3232 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3232 Sat, 23 Jul 2016 07:50:00 EDT Greed and fear make the world go round. While Donald Trump attempted to tap into the latter emotion in his acceptance speech this week, investors were mesmerized by the opposite emotion, at least where the stock market is concerned. It is true that the markets, like the humans that trade... The Independent Investor: Candidates & the Economy http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3228 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3228 Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:29:00 EDT As the GOP political convention winds down and the Democrat convention gears up, we continue to hear a steady stream of economic "one liners" from the candidates. We all know that fixing the economy is one of the major issues of this campaign but so far the candidates are long on words... @theMarket: Markets Make Hay http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3225 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3225 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 11:27:00 EDT A series of new historical highs rewarded investors who remained patient this year and remained invested. Unless something changes in the world of central banking, there is a good chance that further gains are in store for the stock market. There will be pullbacks from time to time as the... The Independent Investor: Tax Breaks For College Savings http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3224 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3224 Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:21:00 EDT As the cost of college continues to soar in America, more and more states are offering tax breaks to families who are trying to save as much as they can for their kid's educational future. The state of Massachusetts is deciding whether or not they will join the list this week. The... @theMarket: Historical Low-Interest Rates Prop Up Equities http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3221 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3221 Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:26:00 EDT There was a time when soaring bond prices and correspondingly lower interest rates were a bad sign for the stock market and the economy. Thanks to worldwide central banks, that correlation no longer exists, or does it? Current wisdom on Wall Street will tell you that interest rates are at... @theMarket: Fourth of July Started Early for Markets http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3218 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3218 Sat, 02 Jul 2016 16:11:00 EDT It wasn't supposed to happen. After the British surprise vote to exit the European Union caught global investors leaning the wrong way last week, most traders expected a blood bath. Instead, after a two-day 5 percent sell-off, markets have regained almost 90 percent of that loss in the...