Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:38:29 EDT en-us @theMarket: The Same Old Song http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3282 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3282 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:16:00 EDT Investors have been waiting all year for that elusive interest rate hike promised by our central bank. September proved to be another false start. Once again, markets rallied on the news, the dollar fell, and investors were happy. So what's new? As we have written so many times in the... The Independent Investor: The Impact of One Bad Apple http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3280 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3280 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:31:00 EDT For years, the mantra of Corporate America has been that they are drowning in government rules and regulations. Small business has echoed that refrain, as has Wall Street. The problem is that these same entities continually shoot themselves in the foot. Over the last two weeks, thanks to... @theMarket: Much Ado About Nothing http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3276 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3276 Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:25:00 EDT It has been a volatile week in the markets. The averages have rocketed up and down by a percent or more as traders bet for and against a Fed move on interest rates next week. Does it matter? If you aren't tired after more than two years of reading what the Fed may or may not do, you... The Independent Investor: Woman Need to Invest More http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3273 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3273 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:34:00 EDT We all know women generally make less than men. On average, female workers make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns doing the same job. If you are a woman of color, or work in some lower paid industries, the gap could be even wider. It is one of the reasons women need to invest and save more,... @theMarket: Markets Get Back to Business http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3271 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3271 Sat, 10 Sep 2016 06:15:00 EDT Since Labor Day marked the end of summer for Wall Street, the big guys came back to work and evidently did not like what they saw. As this week comes to a close, all three indexes suffered losses. Friday's downturn could be attributed to North Korea, the rogue state that detonated a... The Independent Investor: The VA — If It Isn't Broke, Don't Fix It http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3269 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3269 Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:07:00 EDT In the heat of presidential campaign rhetoric, the quality of care given to our veterans has become a popular topic. Needless to say, neither candidate has received care in a veteran's hospital and probably does not know anyone who has. Actually, few of us know anything at all about the... @theMarket: A Tale of Two Interest Rates http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3266 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3266 Sat, 03 Sep 2016 07:33:00 EDT Ahead of the Labor Day weekend, investors had little to do but bet on how strong or weak the unemployment number would be. It turned out to be weaker than expected and the markets rallied. Yes, we are once again in a "bad news is good news environment." Weaker economic data means... The Independent Investor: The VA Political Football http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3264 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3264 Fri, 02 Sep 2016 12:06:00 EDT It is an election year and as such veterans are a voting block that neither side can resist. Both candidates are promising to overhaul Veterans Affairs once elected. The questions are whether to hand it over to the private sector or just try and fix the government organization's... The Independent Investor: The More You Look, The More You Lose http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3257 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3257 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:05:00 EDT How many times a day, week, month or year do you check your tax-deferred savings account? Did you know that the more you look, the higher your chances of losing money? For most of us, once a year is more than enough. There are clients of mine that check their retirement accounts... @theMarket: Fedspeak Occupies A Dull Market http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3253 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3253 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 18:16:00 EDT It is late summer and a time when the rumor mills work overtime. Financial news departments, confronted with a paucity of breaking news, are desperate to publish "informed opinions" and comments from any public or private sector big name they can find. This week a squad of Fed...