Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Fri, 29 Jul 2016 02:00:04 EDT en-us @theMarket: Markets Need to Digest Recent Gains http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3232 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3232 Sat, 23 Jul 2016 07:50:00 EDT Greed and fear make the world go round. While Donald Trump attempted to tap into the latter emotion in his acceptance speech this week, investors were mesmerized by the opposite emotion, at least where the stock market is concerned. It is true that the markets, like the humans that trade... The Independent Investor: Candidates & the Economy http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3228 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3228 Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:29:00 EDT As the GOP political convention winds down and the Democrat convention gears up, we continue to hear a steady stream of economic "one liners" from the candidates. We all know that fixing the economy is one of the major issues of this campaign but so far the candidates are long on words... @theMarket: Markets Make Hay http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3225 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3225 Sat, 16 Jul 2016 11:27:00 EDT A series of new historical highs rewarded investors who remained patient this year and remained invested. Unless something changes in the world of central banking, there is a good chance that further gains are in store for the stock market. There will be pullbacks from time to time as the... The Independent Investor: Tax Breaks For College Savings http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3224 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3224 Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:21:00 EDT As the cost of college continues to soar in America, more and more states are offering tax breaks to families who are trying to save as much as they can for their kid's educational future. The state of Massachusetts is deciding whether or not they will join the list this week. The... @theMarket: Historical Low-Interest Rates Prop Up Equities http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3221 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3221 Sun, 10 Jul 2016 09:26:00 EDT There was a time when soaring bond prices and correspondingly lower interest rates were a bad sign for the stock market and the economy. Thanks to worldwide central banks, that correlation no longer exists, or does it? Current wisdom on Wall Street will tell you that interest rates are at... @theMarket: Fourth of July Started Early for Markets http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3218 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3218 Sat, 02 Jul 2016 16:11:00 EDT It wasn't supposed to happen. After the British surprise vote to exit the European Union caught global investors leaning the wrong way last week, most traders expected a blood bath. Instead, after a two-day 5 percent sell-off, markets have regained almost 90 percent of that loss in the... The Independent Investor: Clicks vs Bricks — Who Will Win the Retail War? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3217 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3217 Fri, 01 Jul 2016 07:46:00 EDT Have you noticed that you are buying more products via the internet? Do you find yourself showroom shopping when you do make the trip to that department store or mall? It is happening to all of us and as it does, the traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are feeling the loss. That... @theMarket: Who Is Next? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3213 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3213 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:59:00 EDT   The vote is in and all you have to do is look at world markets to discover the verdict. The citizens of the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union. Chaos reigned for today but tomorrow may be a different story, at least for U.S. investors. Do not panic. Most... The Independent Investor: Pet Insurance & Why You Should Have It http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3211 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3211 Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:44:00 EDT Whether you are adopting a pet or buying that pure blood breed, the first thing you should consider is pet insurance. Skipping this step could cost you several times the purchase price of your new pet each year. Better be safe than sorry. Pet insurance is like any other insurance, human or... @theMarket: It's Still a Coin Toss http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3207 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3207 Sat, 18 Jun 2016 18:11:00 EDT Despite all the algorithmic programs, high-powered computers, enormous capital and worldwide connections, what happens in the investment world sometimes comes down to a coin toss. The British vote next Thursday to stay or exit the European Community is shaping up to be one of those binary...