Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:27:02 EDT en-us @theMarket: NK Missile Dud on Wall Street http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3501 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3501 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:50:00 EDT The North Korean boy who cried wolf is alive and well, but seems to have less and less impact on financial markets. Kim Jong Un's minions launched another missile over Japan on Thursday night and the markets simply yawned.   Geopolitics are always a risk for the financial... The Independent Investor: The Price Tag of Disaster http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3499 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3499 Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:46:00 EDT Over the past four weeks, just two hurricanes have cost the country upwards of $300 billion. This has easily surpassed the 2005 hurricane cost of $200 billion, which included Katrina, Wilma and Rita combined. The cumulative cost of weather continues to escalate and with good... @theMarket: Markets Brace for the Weekend http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3490 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3490 Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:33:00 EDT Usually, the weekend is a time when traders try to relax, reduce stress, and prepare for the coming week's markets. This weekend will be an exception to that rule. Just about everyone is focused on the latest news of Hurricane Irma's landfall in southern Florida tomorrow and into... The Independent Investor: America, the Battered http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3489 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3489 Thu, 07 Sep 2017 18:30:00 EDT Extreme weather and other climate disasters appear to be occurring far more frequently than we would like. The loss of life and economic damage also seem to be increasing. But does the data support those opinions, and if it does, what price do we pay for all of these perfect... @themarket: Global Interest Rates Rise, Global Stocks Fall http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3453 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3453 Sat, 08 Jul 2017 11:05:00 EDT It is something we really haven't seen in quite some time. Back in the day, before the financial crisis, interest rates and stocks most often moved in opposite directions. This week investors got a taste of what the future might hold.   U.S Treasury yields on the 10-year note... The Independent Investor: The Market's Half-Time Report http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3452 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3452 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 12:56:00 EDT Financial markets worldwide ended the first six months of the year much better off than they started. Here in the U.S., the Dow and the S&P 500 Indexes both gained 8 percent, while NASDAQ delivered 15 percent.   The Russell 2000, the small cap index, underperformed (up 4... The Independent Investor: Small Business Linchpin of America's Success http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3446 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3446 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:37:00 EDT The facts are that small businesses still create the lion's share of jobs and at least half the economic growth in this country. It would be wonderful if our lawmakers would finally realize that.   Look around you: with few exceptions, we are surrounded by entrepreneurs who have... The Independent Investor: A Tale of Two Charities http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3445 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3445 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:47:00 EDT As Senate Republicans unveil their version of a new health care law replacing the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, Democrats are already crying foul. But while politicians are busy back-stabbing each other, there are real people out there who are sick and getting sicker.   These are... @theMarket: Markets in Pullback Mode http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3442 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3442 Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:31:00 EDT Technology stocks continued to consolidate while the Dow made new highs and the S&P 500 Index hovered just below historical highs. Throw in the fact that the markets are notoriously slow and biased to the downside during the summer months, and you have a recipe for further... The Independent Investor: A Tale of Two Charities http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3440 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3440 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 19:56:00 EDT We are a country divided. Washington is paralyzed. Half the country considers our president a joke and any and all legislation is dead on arrival, according to the TV talking heads. Social media is filled with outrage and despair. As a result, Americans are supposedly wringing their hands, or...