Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:11:31 EDT en-us The Independent Investor: Will We race to the Bottom? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3927 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3927 Thu, 08 Aug 2019 16:22:00 EDT Financial markets are in turmoil. President Trump's trade war is escalating, and with it, fears that both China and the U.S. will employ a new weapon, currency devaluation, to win the war. Is that a wise move?   The last time the country devalued the dollar outright was on Dec.... @theMarket: Tariff Threat Unsettles Markets http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3929 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3929 Fri, 02 Aug 2019 16:26:00 EDT Donald Trump's announcement on Thursday that an additional 10 percent tariff will be levied on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese exports to the U.S. on September 1 did not sit well with investors. The news could very well trigger the stock market decline that I have been... The Independent Investor: Brexit: The Never-Ending Story http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3925 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3925 Thu, 01 Aug 2019 17:06:00 EDT Back in 2018, the government of the United Kingdom and the European Union reached an agreement on exactly how the British exit (Brexit) would occur. Since then, despite countless meetings, discussions and votes, the UK Parliament has failed to approve that process. The new date for an exit is... @theMarket: All Eyes on the Fed http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3922 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3922 Fri, 26 Jul 2019 16:47:00 EDT It was a week of chop. That was to be expected, given it was the first week of second-quarter earnings results. While some individual big-name stocks made substantial moves, the overall indexes traded up and down but ended the week about where they started.   It was largely what I... The Independent Investor: Make Vietnam Great Again? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3920 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3920 Thu, 25 Jul 2019 17:10:00 EDT Funny things happen when our government starts tinkering with the economy in a big way. Unpredictable results, unintended consequences, and confusion often result. U.S. tariffs on China is a case in point.   Now to hear it from the White House, slapping tariffs on imports from China... The Independent Investor: Paid Family & Medical Leave Overdue http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3913 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3913 Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:28:00 EDT Paid family and medical leave are long-overdue in this country   What do the United States, Papua New Guinea and Oman have in common? Those are the only three countries in the world that do not legally obligate employers or taxpayers to pay for maternity leave.   Many... @theMarket: Looking Ahead http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3904 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3904 Fri, 05 Jul 2019 15:58:00 EDT Will the second half of the year be as good as the first half for the markets?   The S&P 500 Index finished up 18 percent for the six months ending June 30. That was the best first half since 1997. Historically, that kind of return is three times the gains investors can normally... The Independent Investor: Home Equity Can Pay for Long-Term Care http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3905 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3905 Wed, 03 Jul 2019 16:54:00 EDT A home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) might simply be a fancy term for a reverse mortgage, but there are an increasing number of advisers and planners who are using them for an entirely different strategic planning purpose.   If you ask most couples in their 60s and beyond what... @theMarket: G-20 Weighs on Stocks http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3900 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3900 Fri, 28 Jun 2019 17:06:00 EDT It wouldn't be a normal weekend in the financial markets without something to worry about. This weekend, it is the meeting of the two presidents, Trump and Xi, in Japan with $350 billion in new tariffs hanging on the outcome. What are the odds that they clinch a deal?   Not... The Independent Investor: Reverse Mortgages http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3898 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3898 Thu, 27 Jun 2019 16:17:00 EDT Some Baby Boomers have found themselves financially between a rock and a hard place. Rising costs, insufficient retirement savings and, in some cases, health issues, have forced seniors to consider taking out a reverse mortgage on the only asset they own. Is it a good idea?   For...