Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:18:42 EDT en-us @theMarket: Easter Bunny Bounce http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2516 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2516 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:55:00 EDT This holiday-shortened week saw a relief rally that began on Monday and carried through until Thursday. The markets still have further to go in the coming week before we once again reach the top of this four month long trading range. The question that haunts both bulls and bears is when and... The Independent Investor: Good Friday and the Stock Market http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2515 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2515 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:52:00 EDT This Friday the stock and bond markets will be closed to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, or so the theory goes. But that is just one of the many myths involved in this holiday and its origins remain a mystery. The fact that the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has a tradition of... @theMarket: No Spring in the Stock Market http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2514 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2514 Sat, 12 Apr 2014 06:46:00 EDT As spring finally arrives throughout the country, you would think the stock market would celebrate, but not this year. The indexes were slammed again this week and we can expect more of the same in the months ahead. By now, if you have been following my advice, you have already raised some... The Independent Investor: Banks Face Tougher Regulations http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2505 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2505 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:46:00 EDT This week the eighth largest U.S. banks were told they need to increase capital by about $68 billion. In some ways it is too little, too late in the government's efforts to prevent another financial meltdown. Nonetheless, the regulations do provide an increased level of safety for... @theMarket: A Crowded Trade http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2501 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2501 Sat, 05 Apr 2014 04:37:00 EDT Just about everyone on Wall Street has jumped aboard the bandwagon by now. Sure there are some that still think the market can go higher but the vast majority of investors are now expecting a major pullback. Welcome to what's called a crowded trade. Pundits are elbowing their way into... The Independent Investor: Obamacare Confounds Critics http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2500 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2500 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:15:00 EDT Despite a coordinated and well-financed effort to sabotage and overturn the Affordable Care Act, the open enrollment numbers this week indicate there is a groundswell of support by Americans for a universal and effective health-care coverage. That may surprise some of you but not this... @theMarket: The Faint of Heart http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2495 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2495 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:26:00 EDT It has been at best a bumpy ride for stocks this week. While events in Crimea are partially responsible, there are some underlying factors just below the surface that may have more to do with recent performance than would meet the eye. Breadth, the number of advancing stocks versus... The Independent Investor: Do Women Have a Choice? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2494 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2494 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:05:00 EDT Income inequality between the sexes in this country has always been a problem and it does not appear to be getting any better. Critics argue that much of the blame lies in the choices many women make in pursuing their education and career goals. I beg to differ. In my last column on the... The Independent Investor: What's Wrong With This Flight Plan? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2486 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2486 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:14:00 EDT The next time you board a regional airplane remember this. The co-pilots responsible for your safety are making the minimum wage. That means they are earning about as much as the guy hauling trashcans outside your local supermarket or flipping fast-food burgers and working a heck of a lot longer... @theMarket: Hanging In There http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2477 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2477 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:17:00 EDT Russia's attempted annexation of the Ukraine, China's internal economic woes, the less than auspicious enrollment numbers in Obama's health care initiative are just a few of the difficulties that the stock market has had to overcome this week. Given the news, stocks are hanging in...