Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Sun, 05 Jul 2015 09:22:41 EDT en-us The Independent Investor: Tiny Houses Gain Appeal http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2952 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2952 Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:01:00 EDT In this era of tight credit, high-priced McMansions and rapid life-style changes, the American Housing Dream may no longer be defined as a three-bedroom homestead on half an acre. For many Americans of all ages, there is a movement afoot to downsize their living space dramatically. The... @theMarket: From Russia With love http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2943 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2943 Sat, 20 Jun 2015 08:05:00 EDT The newest wrinkle in the Greek debt crisis occurred this week when Greek officials met with Vladimir Putin to discuss a gas pipeline extension as well as the possibility of lending the cash-strapped nation additional funds. Deliberate leaks to the press during negotiations, accusations... The Independent Investor: Robo-Advisers Have Landed http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2942 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2942 Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:00:00 EDT Skynet, move over. The dawn of intelligent portfolio services is rising across the globe. Depending upon your individual circumstances, this trend could be an answer to many investors' problems. Exactly what is robo-investing?  The dozen or so firms offering this service use... @theMarket: Don't Try to Trade This Market http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2939 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2939 Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:05:00 EDT Nothing really changed this week. The S&P 500 Index is up about one point from last Friday's close. It makes little sense to try and trade this market unless you are nimble and spend eight hours a day making small gains and getting out before the end of the day. We continue to trade... The Independent Investor: Why Interest Rates Are Moving Higher http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2938 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2938 Fri, 12 Jun 2015 16:02:00 EDT After two years of warning bond investors that their days are numbered, the recent hike in global interest rates is making some of those smug bond babies stay up at night. They should. We are entering our ninth year without a Federal Reserve-inspired hike in interest rates. It has been over... @theMarket: Too Hot or Too Cold http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2936 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2936 Sat, 06 Jun 2015 23:16:00 EDT The stock market is rarely satisfied with lukewarm. Investors insist on boiling down complex variables to simple either/or choices. It doesn't always work. Take Friday's non-farm payroll number. The country gained 280,000 jobs in May, the largest number since December. In addition,... The Independent Investor: How to Run for President and Make a Fortune http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2934 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2934 Fri, 05 Jun 2015 11:03:00 EDT Almost every day this week we received an announcement of yet another contender for the 2016 presidency, or an announcement that an announcement would be forthcoming. The reason for so many candidates however, may have nothing to do with winning the presidency. Back in the day, it was rare... The Independent Investor: Man's Most Expensive Friend http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2932 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2932 Fri, 29 May 2015 16:37:00 EDT The pet business is booming. Last year, we spent $58.5 billion on our animal buddies and will plunk down an additional 4-5 percent more this year. The lion's share of that increase, after food, is going toward health care. One reason for this growth is that a record numbers of Americans... @theMarket: June Is Off the Table http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2930 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2930 Fri, 22 May 2015 17:39:00 EDT The notes of the Fed's April policy meeting, released this week, may have confused more people than not. The central bank committee revealed that they were unlikely to raise short-term interest rates in June. That statement could be taken as both a positive and a negative, depending on your... The Independent Investor: Will Memorial Day Kick Off a Strong Summer? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2927 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2927 Thu, 21 May 2015 16:26:00 EDT Brace yourself for a crowded holiday weekend. This year the kickoff to the summer season will see 37.2 million Americans take to the roads. It will be the strongest volume in travel in over a decade. And the summer is only beginning. The joyful combination of low gasoline prices and a...