Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:58:02 EST en-us The Independent Investor: College Savings Accounts Are Not Risk-Free http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2864 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2864 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:22:00 EST A national debate over whether to tax "529" college savings plans has turned the spotlight on these plans and how they work. Do they really help parents save the money their kids will need for college? The answer depends on how they are invested and how they are managed. Starting... @theMarket: More Stimuli Equal Higher Markets http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2861 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2861 Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:12:00 EST We can thank Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank, for snapping the stock market out of its monthlong lethargy. This week, the ECB launched a trillion-dollar program of monetary stimulus that gave investors worldwide a shot in the arm. The program amounts to an injection of... The Independent Investor: The European Central Bank Delivers http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2859 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2859 Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:39:00 EST Thursday, Mario Draghi, the head of Europe's Central Bank, announced new steps in an effort to lift the EU from economic malaise. Investors wonder if it will be enough. That's not unusual. There were many doubting Thomases in this country when the Fed first launched its quantitative... @theMarket: Tail That Wagged the Dog http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2858 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2858 Sun, 18 Jan 2015 13:18:00 EST Rarely do we see a single financial asset, in this case oil, have the ability to sway the prices of trillions of dollars worth of investments on a daily basis over such a prolonged period of time. Oil has been in a months-long tailspin. Its decline was supposed to be a good thing for most... The Independent Investor: What's Happening to the Movies? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2854 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2854 Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:44:00 EST Have you noticed that American movies seem to be long on bullets and increasingly short on words? That despite flop after flop at the box office, the same movies are coming out with sequels? Get used to it because, increasingly, American viewers are a distinct minority when it comes to the box... @theMarket: What Will the New Year Bring? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2853 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2853 Sat, 10 Jan 2015 14:33:00 EST It was a good year for the stock market. The S&P 500 Index was up in excess of 12.5 percent with the other averages putting in a good performance as well. Naturally, investors are hoping for another year of stellar returns. Is that a reasonable expectation? At the beginning of each... The Independent Investor: Think twice Before Co-Signing Student Loan http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2852 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2852 Fri, 09 Jan 2015 16:30:00 EST Sure, we love our kids. Of course we want them to get ahead, so when your son, daughter, or nephew asks for your signature right next to theirs on that private student loan application it is tempting. But before you sign on the dotted line consider this. When you consent to being a student... @theMarket: What Will the New Year Bring? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2851 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2851 Sat, 03 Jan 2015 07:21:00 EST It was a good year for the stock market. The S&P 500 Index was up in excess of 12.5 percent with the other averages putting in a good performance as well. Naturally, investors are hoping for another year of stellar returns. Is that a reasonable expectation? At the beginning of each... The Independent Investor: Could Greece Upset the Applecart? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2850 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2850 Fri, 02 Jan 2015 14:16:00 EST This week a parliamentary vote to elect a president failed in Greece. National elections have now been called for late January. The outcome could trigger a revolt against an austerity program that has brought years of suffering and pain to the population. Today, the unemployment rate is... @theMarket: Santa Comes to Town http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2847 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2847 Fri, 26 Dec 2014 11:56:00 EST Pessimists are on vacation this week. It doesn't matter that the indexes are overbought. That markets are hitting new highs without a pause. It's Christmas and Hanukkah week. The Big Guy has come to town. Of course, investors have had a little help from the Fed and the latest...