Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:12:35 EDT en-us @theMarket: So far, So Good http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2786 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2786 Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:35:00 EDT This week's behavior in the stock market went according to plan. We broke through several technical supports, reached a fairly critical level, and then bounced back. However, October isn't over and the probability that we experience more downside remains high. Here's my take on the... The Independent Investor: OPEC's Oil Ploy http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2785 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2785 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:29:00 EDT Over the last four months, Americans have received an early Christmas present. The price of oil has dropped precipitously, benefiting both corporations as well as the consumer. But that could be a two-edged sword for this nation. Brent crude, the global oil benchmark in the futures market,... @theMarket: Are We There Yet? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2780 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2780 Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:21:00 EDT No, is the short answer to that headline. The S&P 500 Index needs to test 1,905 or thereabouts before all is said and done. You might ask why. The talking heads will tell you weak data in Europe is at fault. Others will blame the recent strength in the dollar. Then there is the... The Independent Investor: Why Is This Recovery Different? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2777 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2777 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:59:00 EDT The stock markets are at record highs. Interest rates are at record lows. The unemployment rate is below 6 percent and yet, most Americans are unhappy. They are not feeling the recovery. Why? The answer to that question is complicated. But let's start with the financial crisis. Like the... @theMarket: October Starts Off on High Note http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2775 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2775 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 18:06:00 EDT Volatility was the buzz word this week in the stock market. The averages moved up and down by a percent or so on a daily basis but ended the week on a high note. Can we expect more of the same? Traditionally, at least the first two weeks of this month have been volatile, so the good news is... The Independent Investor: Money & Divorce — What You Should Know http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2771 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2771 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:27:00 EDT You never paid attention to the family finances. Suddenly, your spouse wants a divorce. Fortunately, it's an amicable separation and you agree to split things up equitably. Where do you begin? The above scenario is much more common than you think since the odds that your marriage will... @theMarket: Wash, Rinse and Repeat http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2765 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2765 Sat, 27 Sep 2014 08:20:00 EDT The dollars running, stocks are falling, bond prices are jumping while commodities are tanking. Welcome to another week in the financial markets. Expect more of the same in October. As September, the worst month of the year for markets, comes to a close (next Tuesday) volatility appears to... The Independent Investor: Is Wall Street Responsible for Climate Change? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2764 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2764 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:57:00 EDT Monday's Wall Street sit-in by a few hundred radicals would lead us to believe that Wall Street is responsible for the present changes in the world's climate. Maybe so, but remember this, what Wall Street has done, it can also undo. Readers know that I am no apologist for big... @theMarket: Waiting on the Fed http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2753 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2753 Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:36:00 EDT It should be clear to you by now that in the United States the Federal Reserve Bank is calling the shots in our financial markets. To a lesser extent this phenomena is happening all over the world. As such, the markets did little this week because the Fed doesn't meet again until... The Independent Investor: The United States of Scotland? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2750 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2750 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:38:00 EDT Will the ghost of William Wallace finally see the British thrown out of his country once and for all? If the latest polls on the outcome of the Sept. 18th referendum on Scottish Independence are any indication, Scots are in a dead heat over the political and economic future of their...