Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:31:23 EDT en-us @theMarket: The Fed Does It Again http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2891 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2891 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:15:00 EDT Coming into this week's Federal Open Market Committee meeting, investors thought they had a handle on what the central bankers planned to do about interest rates. Once again, the Fed threw us a curve. The bet was that the word "patient," in regard to when the Fed might raise... The Independent Investor: Financial Challenges Facing Single Parents http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2889 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2889 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 20:01:00 EDT Over 13 million Americans struggle each day to be the best single parent they can. It can be a thankless job and one that requires an entire set of financial tools that couples rarely face. This column is dedicated to helping the single parent cope. Twenty-five percent of children under the... @theMarket: Pay Attention to Diverging Markets http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2888 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2888 Sat, 14 Mar 2015 15:50:00 EDT It was a turbulent week for U.S. stocks as the strong dollar and worries over possible rising interest rates spooked investors. But not all markets followed our lead. This divergence could be the beginning of a trend that could benefit your portfolio. Normally, the American stock market is... The Independent Investor: Kids & Money http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2886 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2886 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:39:00 EDT Given that most Americans grow up with little or no idea of how to save, budget, or spend money, it might be a good idea to ask why.  It begins with the family but discussing money in this country is as uncomfortable as talking about sex.  That needs to change and it starts with our... @theMarket: Home on the Range http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2884 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2884 Sat, 07 Mar 2015 16:01:00 EST New highs followed by some selling, then a little back and fill, before climbing to yet another new high. That's the environment we are in and it happens to be a great recipe for making money in the stock market. The last few days are a great example of what I'm talking about. Last... The Independent Investor: Rise of the Smoothie http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2880 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2880 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:20:00 EST The global market for smoothies is projected to hit $9 billion this year. Driven by a new health-consciousness among consumers, today's on-the-go convenience of gulping down your vitamins and minerals is appealing to more and more of us. Expect that trend to continue. From a niche... @The Market: Full Steam Ahead http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2879 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2879 Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:53:00 EST The major averages made all-time highs again this week, except the Nasdaq. It is just a matter of time before that tech-heavy index joins the party. But what happens after that? The short answer is that we go higher, maybe not right away, but soon. January, you may recall, was a down month,... The Independent Investor: New Fiduciary Rule Would Benefit All of Us http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2878 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2878 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:48:00 EST The Department of Labor is trying again. This week, a proposed new rule, backed by the president, would force all financial advisers to adopt a "fiduciary responsibility" toward their clients when overseeing retirement plans. If passed, it could substantially reduce the fees and... The Independent Investor: How to Make the Most Out of Social Security http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2875 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2875 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:09:00 EST Yes, it's complicated. Social Security benefits have been around since 1935 and, like taxes, have become increasingly complex through time. Most people are losing out because they don't understand the fine print. Starting today, you will, so read on. For most of us, who haven't... @theMarket: A Race to the Bottom http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2870 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2870 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:19:00 EST Faced with slowing economies and sluggish employment, more and more countries throughout the world are devaluing their currencies, slashing interest rates and stimulating growth wherever they can. That should be a recipe for further global growth in the years to come. These days wherever...