Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:20:13 EST en-us The Independent Investor: Will Our Country's Military Win the Next War? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3767 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3767 Fri, 07 Dec 2018 10:51:00 EST There was a time, not long ago, when most Americans would answer that question in the affirmative without much thought. It was one of those "truisms" that we didn't give much thought. But today, many experts are debating that answer.   Back in the day, after World War... @theMarket: Markets Hope for Trade Breakthrough http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3765 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3765 Fri, 30 Nov 2018 17:13:00 EST This Saturday evening, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will sit down to dinner in Buenos Aires at the G-20 conference. Investors are holding their breath, hoping that the two might come to some agreement that could lower tensions and avert a full-out trade war between the U.S. and... The Independent Investor: Sustainability Investing and Millennials http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3764 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3764 Thu, 29 Nov 2018 17:10:00 EST The demand for sustainability investments is growing. Companies that offer measurable social and environmental impacts that address issues like world hunger, climate risk, poverty and access to health care, seem like a good investment for those socially-minded. Finding companies that also... @theMarket: It Is a Black Friday on Wall Street http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3762 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3762 Sat, 24 Nov 2018 11:11:00 EST Black Friday sales are in full swing. Normally, today is all about the retail trade. Consumers spend the day waiting in line, picking up heavily discounted "door buster" deals, and generally starting their holiday gift shopping. This year, it appears traders are also holding their own... The Independent Investor: The Origin of Black Friday http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3761 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3761 Thu, 22 Nov 2018 17:58:00 EST As you finish your turkey and prepare to get an early start on Black Friday shopping, you might wonder how shopping became such an integral part of your Thanksgiving holiday. The term has followed a circuitous route through our financial history.   Although the term "Black... @theMarket: Markets Need to Hold Here http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3757 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3757 Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:24:00 EST This week saw a re-test of the October lows. That is to be expected in most stock market corrections. What is important to the future well-being of equities globally is that the averages do not decline much further from here.   That does not mean that if the S&P 500 Index, for... The Independent Investor: The Apple of Our Eyes http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3756 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3756 Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:44:00 EST Go into just about any supermarket right now and what do you see? Bins and bins of gorgeous red, green, and golden apples. The harvest is overwhelming, but some apples are worth more than others.   If you are like me, an average consumer, it takes about 23 minutes to do my grocery... @theMarket: Stocks Take a Breather http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3753 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3753 Fri, 09 Nov 2018 18:23:00 EST Stocks are in the process of consolidating after the big gains over the last week or so. So far, the October sell-off has led to a recovery of about half of what was lost. In the two months ahead, we should see even further gains.   No matter how much we would like it to, the stock... The Independent Investor: Mid-Term Results Take Investor Focus Off Washington http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3751 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3751 Thu, 08 Nov 2018 16:33:00 EST True to form, the opposition party regained control of the House, while the ruling party, in this case the GOP, retained control of the Senate. If history is any guide, this means that little in the way of legislation will be coming out of Congress for the next two years.   In the... The Independent Investor: Time to Check Your Risk Tolerance http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3744 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3744 Thu, 01 Nov 2018 18:47:00 EDT It is a good time to take a reality check on how aggressively you are invested. The 6.9 percent decline in the S&P 500 Index over October was gut-wrenching. But entirely within the realm of probability given the historical data. Here are some questions to ask.   Did you find...