The Retired Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? The Retired Investor/@theMarket Tue, 28 Sep 2021 03:14:52 EDT en-us @theMarket: The Dip Buyers Return http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4209 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4209 Fri, 24 Sep 2021 15:54:00 EDT Last week, investors suffered through the gloom and doom of a declining market. Many Wall Street equity strategists added to the angst by predicting terrible times ahead. I begged to differ, counting on dip buyers to save the day once again. And that is exactly what happened.   In... The Retired Investor: Weather Worsens Global Trade http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4208 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4208 Thu, 23 Sep 2021 17:46:00 EDT Changes in climate are impacting a global economy that is fighting to recover from a pandemic. Supply chain bottlenecks continue to worsen as continuous weather-related catastrophes close ports, and snarl land, sea, and air transportation routes. Can it get any worse?   Yes, and it... @theMarket: Markets Enter the Danger Zone http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4207 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4207 Fri, 17 Sep 2021 16:33:00 EDT It has been a bumpy week for stocks, and it could get worse if you believe the headlines of the financial press. The issue I see is that just about everyone is expecting a nasty period ahead for equities. That makes me somewhat bullish.   Calling short-term market moves in this... The Retired Investor: Moderates Winning on Tax Debate http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4206 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4206 Thu, 16 Sep 2021 16:57:00 EDT For months, wealthy U.S. taxpayers and corporations have been living with the specter of higher taxes under the Biden administration. It is a pretty good bet that taxes will go up, but not as much as you might expect.   Throughout the week, Democrats in the House and the Senate have... @theMarket: Some Brokers Are Getting Bearish http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4205 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4205 Sat, 11 Sep 2021 12:31:00 EDT For four days in a row, the markets closed down. That is in itself unusual. It has only happened four other times since the March 2020 low. Does this portend further downside in September?   On Friday, the markets tried to bounce back. The damage to the averages has been minimal... The Retired Investor: Japan Is Worth a Look http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4204 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4204 Fri, 10 Sep 2021 14:27:00 EDT It has been 30 years since the Nikkei 225 last touched the 30,000 level. However, many investors look beyond this island nation and focus instead on its Chinese neighbor. That may prove to be a mistake.   To some investors, it is the epitome of value investing. Warren Buffet's... @theMarket: Investors Are Chasing Stocks Higher http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4203 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4203 Fri, 03 Sep 2021 16:17:00 EDT The proverbial Wall of Worry provided plenty of foot holds for investors this week. The major averages continued to make new highs (or hovered just below them), despite bad news and focused instead on anything that could justified higher prices.   The belief that the Delta variant... The Retired Investor: Non-Fungible Tokens Come of Age http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4202 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4202 Thu, 02 Sep 2021 16:21:00 EDT Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have been around since 2014, but I'll bet you haven't heard of them until this year. As part of the crypto craze, these NFTs are commanding millions of dollars in spending and expanding into everything from original art to tacos.   NFTs are digital... @theMarket: Taper Talk Tanks Stocks http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4201 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4201 Fri, 20 Aug 2021 16:23:00 EDT The July minutes of the last FOMC meeting were released Wednesday. In the announcement, Fed officials expressed their willingness to start reducing asset purchases before the end of the year. In response, traders dumped stocks. Was that the right move?   Stock jockeys seem to... The Retired Investor: Corporate Activism Comes of Age http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4200 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4200 Thu, 19 Aug 2021 16:14:00 EDT For decades, corporations stuck to their knitting, while letting Washington and the voters decide how to deal with social and political issues. But times are changing as companies become bigger and more powerful.   Corporations are speaking out on issues from LGBTQ rights to...