Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:28:08 EDT en-us The Independent Investor: Are You Ready for El Niņo http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2968 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2968 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:51:00 EDT It's that time again. Trade winds in the Pacific are blowing west to east, pushing warm water to the surface. In times past, those conditions created havoc with much of the world's weather creating everything from fires to floods, sometimes, in epic proportions. Some weather models... @theMarket: O Ye of Little Faith http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2965 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2965 Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:28:00 EDT What a difference two weeks make. Back then, if one took the warnings/advice of the media and much of Wall Street, we were facing financial Armageddon. Today, the markets are flirting with new highs. What lessons can we learn from that? Number one: the media's first and foremost... The Independent Investor: When 'No' Means 'Yes' http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2964 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2964 Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:07:00 EDT A Greek referendum less than two weeks ago delivered a resounding "no" when voters were asked to approve the European Community's austerity ultimatum in exchange for a new bailout. While Grecians danced in the streets, global markets tumbled, but fast forward 10 days and we now... @theMarket: Global Markets Weather a Wild Week http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2957 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2957 Sat, 04 Jul 2015 08:02:00 EDT After weeks of trading in a narrow range, world markets broke to the downside. The culprit was once again Greece. Now investors must wait until this Sunday to discover if there is more selling ahead. Last weekend's move by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece to call a voter... The Independent Investor: Same-Sex Marriage Good for Business http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2956 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2956 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:58:00 EDT Last week's Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage at the federal level was greeted with a sigh of relief by most large companies. It also makes my job a lot easier as well. Here's why. Previously, the myriad laws that allowed or disallowed gay marriage cost the private... @the Market: Second Quarter Earnings on Deck http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2955 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2955 Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:53:00 EDT Next week we get to do it all over again. The second quarter ends in three days and investors will begin to focus on company results once again. The first quarter was nothing to write home about and the second quarter may be more of the same. The final revision of first quarter GDP resulted... The Independent Investor: Tiny Houses Gain Appeal http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2952 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2952 Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:01:00 EDT In this era of tight credit, high-priced McMansions and rapid life-style changes, the American Housing Dream may no longer be defined as a three-bedroom homestead on half an acre. For many Americans of all ages, there is a movement afoot to downsize their living space dramatically. The... @theMarket: From Russia With love http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2943 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2943 Sat, 20 Jun 2015 08:05:00 EDT The newest wrinkle in the Greek debt crisis occurred this week when Greek officials met with Vladimir Putin to discuss a gas pipeline extension as well as the possibility of lending the cash-strapped nation additional funds. Deliberate leaks to the press during negotiations, accusations... The Independent Investor: Robo-Advisers Have Landed http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2942 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2942 Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:00:00 EDT Skynet, move over. The dawn of intelligent portfolio services is rising across the globe. Depending upon your individual circumstances, this trend could be an answer to many investors' problems. Exactly what is robo-investing?  The dozen or so firms offering this service use... @theMarket: Don't Try to Trade This Market http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2939 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2939 Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:05:00 EDT Nothing really changed this week. The S&P 500 Index is up about one point from last Friday's close. It makes little sense to try and trade this market unless you are nimble and spend eight hours a day making small gains and getting out before the end of the day. We continue to trade...