Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:45:00 EST en-us @theMarket: Markets Have Best Week in Five Years http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3599 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3599 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:12:00 EST Stocks have had what is called a "V" shaped recovery this week. The indexes climbed every day at least one percent or more. Will it continue or ...   It wouldn't surprise me if stocks took a breather about now. A bout of profit-taking after the stupendous come-back we... The Independent Investor: Time to Hedge Your Bets? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3597 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3597 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:41:00 EST Over the last few weeks, the threat of rising inflation has triggered a great deal of concern among investors. Given that inflation has been at a low level for a number of years, their concern may be justified.   Many market pundits were surprised by the wage data in the non-farm... The Independent Investor: How to Handle a Pullback http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3594 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3594 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:47:00 EST The stock market is in turmoil. Several hundred point swings in the Dow and other averages has investors on edge. The indexes are suffering 1-2 percent point swings per day. How are you dealing with it?   Over the last several months, I have written several columns preparing you for... @theMarket: Higher Wages Clobber Markets http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3591 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3591 Fri, 02 Feb 2018 16:59:00 EST @theMarket: Higher Wages Clobber Markets   Gains in a worker's paycheck are supposed to be a good thing, right? It means they can spend more, which contributes to growth in the economy, and maybe have a happier life. If all of that is true, why has the stock market swooned in... The Independent Investor: Health Care and the 3 Musketeers http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3590 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3590 Thu, 01 Feb 2018 22:28:00 EST Earlier this week, three of the country's most influential corporate titans sounded a call to battle. Given the inaction of our government, these modern-day musketeers are preparing to storm the battlements of sky-rocketing health care costs.   Jeff Bezos of Amazon may not have... @theMarket: Bulls Barrel Through Another Week http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3584 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3584 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 17:21:00 EST Better quarterly earnings trumped concerns of a declining greenback this week sending all the U.S. stock averages to yet more record highs. There appears to be no end in sight for this continued "melt-up" in the markets.   Over in Davos, Switzerland, President Donald Trump... The Independent Investor: There's Nothing Sheepish About the Price of Wool http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3582 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3582 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:24:00 EST We humans have been using wool for thousands of years. It was the primary clothing material of the middle ages. But even today, new uses for wool are cropping up, driving prices to record highs.   The primary use for wool continues to be in clothing production. The newest demand for... The Independent Investor: Is Bitcoin Broken? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3578 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3578 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:14:00 EST Bitcoin, Ethreum, Ripple and a number of other crypto currencies have had a terrible week. Some of these digital dollars have lost 25 percent overnight, if not more. Today Bitcoin, itself, is down almost 50 percent from that level. Those who warned that this mania would come to a tragic end are... @theMarket: Melt-Up Continues http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3575 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3575 Sat, 13 Jan 2018 11:53:00 EST It's been the best two weeks for the U.S. markets in decades. Investors seemingly can't get enough stocks in their portfolios, no matter how high the indexes climb. Ain't it grand?   Over the past few weeks, I have explained in detail that the stock market is in... The Independent Investor: The Cost of MAGA http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3576 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3576 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:46:00 EST It is the guiding principle behind the Trump administration, but to "Make America Great Again" the U.S. may have to break some eggs. Are you ready for that?   "MAGA" is much more than a marketing gimmick. Almost every day, we uncover additional evidence of how...