Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:26:02 EDT en-us @theMarket: Are We There Yet? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2998 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2998 Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:45:00 EDT This week we witnessed the first substantial correction in the stock market of the year. What matters most to investors now is whether we are at the end of the decline or the beginning of something worse. We've seen the lows, in my opinion, but that doesn't mean we won't retest... The Independent Investor: The Marijuana Market http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2997 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2997 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:40:00 EDT Only four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use so far. Another 23 have given the nod for using cannabis for medical usage. Today it is a $2.7 billion industry that is set to grow substantially in the years ahead if more states jump on the band wagon. Whether legalization is... @theMarket: Markets Are Supposed to Pullback http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2994 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2994 Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:57:00 EDT It was a sea of red for stocks this week. Global markets broke a seven-month trading range and the rest is history. Consider this week's decline a positive development. Here's why. Over the last seven months, the S&P 500 Index has traded in a narrow range between a gain of 3.5... The Independent Investor: Not All Bonds Are the Same http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2993 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2993 Thu, 20 Aug 2015 19:44:00 EDT Bondholders are holding their breath as they wait for the Federal Reserve Bank to begin hiking short-term interest rates. Most investors are expecting all bonds to take a hit at the outset of the country's first rate hike in nine years. What happens after that may surprise you. Prior to... The Independent Investor: The Risk of Rising Rates http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2988 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2988 Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:21:00 EDT Conservative investors are becoming increasingly concerned that their bond holdings may be at risk. If and when the Federal Reserve Bank hikes interest rates this year, will bond holders be caught holding the bag? It depends. The short answer would be that when interest rates rise, bond... The Independent Investor: Boomers' Kids Don't Want Your Stuff http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2983 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2983 Thu, 06 Aug 2015 17:39:00 EDT You saved all your life, acquiring all sorts of assets that you now want to leave to your children. Today, more and more Baby Boomers are finding that their kids just don't want that antique auto or that original oil painting. Too many of us fail to recognize that the Millennial... @theMarket: Month-End Musings http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2978 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2978 Sat, 01 Aug 2015 15:36:00 EDT While the summer months are usually the slowest season on Wall Street, July has proven to be anything but. As we enter the month of August, can we expect the same? Whether we focus on overseas markets or review our own, it is clear that volatility remained and will remain elevated. Overseas... The Independent Investor: Supermarkets Evolve to Survive http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2977 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2977 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:29:00 EDT We take our local supermarkets for granted. Like gas stations, there seems to one on almost every corner, at least in suburbia. With competition from a variety of sources, supermarkets have been forced to reinvent themselves and are doing a good job doing just that. Historically,... The Independent Investor: Are You Ready for El Niņo http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2968 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2968 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:51:00 EDT It's that time again. Trade winds in the Pacific are blowing west to east, pushing warm water to the surface. In times past, those conditions created havoc with much of the world's weather creating everything from fires to floods, sometimes, in epic proportions. Some weather models... @theMarket: O Ye of Little Faith http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2965 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2965 Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:28:00 EDT What a difference two weeks make. Back then, if one took the warnings/advice of the media and much of Wall Street, we were facing financial Armageddon. Today, the markets are flirting with new highs. What lessons can we learn from that? Number one: the media's first and foremost...