The Retired Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? The Retired Investor/@theMarket Wed, 28 Feb 2024 17:33:33 EST en-us The Retired Investor: Auto Insurance Premiums Keep Rising http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4425 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4425 Thu, 15 Feb 2024 16:36:00 EST Forget fuel and food, auto insurance leads the way in areas where inflation is ramping higher. The rise in premiums has far outpaced the overall inflation rate and we could see further gains in 2024.    Auto premiums are up 43 percent in the past three years and there is no... @theMarket: Melt-up in Markets Fueled by Momentum http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4424 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4424 Fri, 09 Feb 2024 13:44:00 EST Stocks are climbing, scaling new heights while euphoria abounds. Momentum is pushing the technology sector, and AI stocks in particular. How long can it last and how high can it go?   It is the question on the minds of many on Wall Street. At this point, the consensus opinion is... The Retired Investor: Electric Vehicles Hit a Speed Bump http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4423 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4423 Thu, 08 Feb 2024 16:13:00 EST Electric vehicles are piling up in dealer lots. Consumers are by-passing EVs for gas-powered autos and hybrids while unwanted EVs sit at the dealerships for months. Production is being cut at the Big Three auto companies. What happened to the EV boom?   The green revolution promised... @theMarket: Jobs Jump But the Fed Disappoints http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4422 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4422 Fri, 02 Feb 2024 14:40:00 EST It was one of those weeks. A gauntlet of data had investors working overtime to figure out where stocks and the economy were going. At the same time, the Fed told investors that a March rate cut was off the table. And then the job data was announced.   The non-farm payroll report... The Retired Investor: Economics According to Trump Supporters Part II http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4421 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4421 Thu, 01 Feb 2024 16:32:00 EST The economic condition of the country has convinced a minority of the population that the only person who can save the country from economic ruin is Donald Trump. The growing budget deficit and persistent inflation are two areas of growing concern for that bloc of voters.   However,... @theMarket: Economic Data Buoys Market Gains http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4420 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4420 Fri, 26 Jan 2024 15:05:00 EST Strong growth in the economy in the last quarter of 2023 helped support equity markets this week. The U.S. economy grew 3.3 percent in the fourth quarter, which was much higher than the estimates of 2.2 percent growth. For last year overall, the economy grew 2.5 percent.   At the... The Retired Investor: Economics According to Trump Supporters http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4418 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4418 Thu, 25 Jan 2024 16:30:00 EST Inflation, government spending, immigration, jobs, and fossil fuels are just some of the areas that are motivating partisan politics as we enter 2024. Both sides are adamant that their approach is correct. Is there a common ground?    In this land of deep divides, neither side... @theMarket: Is January's Action Preview of the Year Ahead for Stocks? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4419 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4419 Sun, 21 Jan 2024 10:32:00 EST The stock market has been a chop fest over the last two weeks. Yet, that has not stopped the technology sector from making new highs and the S&P 500 Index is not far behind. Are there more gains ahead for the averages before the end of the month?   Yes, as I wrote last week, I... The Retired Investor: Stanley Cup Joins Long List of Fads http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4417 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4417 Thu, 18 Jan 2024 16:28:00 EST Bell bottoms, Cabbage Patch dolls, pet rocks, Disney popcorn buckets — the list goes on. This year it is the Stanley Cup Quencher in a rainbow of colors. Fads are part of our society. They are different than trends or cults and most have a limited life.   There are fads... @theMarket: Market Volatility Rules the Day http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4416 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4416 Fri, 12 Jan 2024 15:26:00 EST January is turning out to be a roller coaster of ups and downs for investors. Last year's fourth-quarter gains have reversed somewhat, and the future is becoming murkier as the day progresses. Hold on to your seatbelts.   The economic data is certainly not cooperating with the...