Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:46:13 EDT en-us @theMarket: Stocks Soar on 'Skinny' Deal http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3961 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3961 Fri, 11 Oct 2019 16:43:00 EDT Global markets regained their footing this week, as expected good news on the trade front produced a "relief" rally in equities. Who cared that there was little substance to the deal? Investors decided that even a tiny deal was worth more than no deal at all.   As I wrote... @theMarket: An October to Remember http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3957 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3957 Fri, 04 Oct 2019 16:30:00 EDT October is certainly living up to its reputation. This week, we witnessed a more than 1,000-point decline in the Dow Jones Industrial Average before recovering at the end of the week. Behind the volatility: worry over a slowing economy.   On Thursday morning (Oct. 3,2019), the... The Independent Investor: Markets Bogged Down by Politics http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3956 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3956 Thu, 03 Oct 2019 18:32:00 EDT Recently, financial and economic events have taken a back seat to politics. Whistleblowers, United Nations speeches, White House tweets, and the on-going trade wars seem to be moving markets far more than unemployment or earnings reports. Is this simply a short-term phenomenon, or is something... @theMarkets: Markets Muddle Through http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3953 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3953 Fri, 27 Sep 2019 16:17:00 EDT As we close this quarter, investors are having a hard time deciding what the stock market’s next move will be. Since the future appears murky right now, equities are trapped in a tight trading range. Will we break out? And, if so, in which direction?   For the bulls, we are... The Independent Investor: India's Bid for More Trade http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3952 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3952 Thu, 26 Sep 2019 17:44:00 EDT India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is aggressively pushing for a greater share of global trade now that its neighbor to the north (China) is squabbling with the United States. In doing so, India is hoping to regain some economic momentum, kick-start employment, and reverse its slowing... The Independent Investor: The Era of U.S. Oil Independence http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3950 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3950 Thu, 19 Sep 2019 17:02:00 EDT Last weekend's surprise drone attack on Saudi Arabia's major oil fields was a disaster, but it could have been worse. Fifty years ago, an attack like that would have sent the world's financial markets into a tailspin and rocked global economies. None of that happened — thanks... @theMarket: Investors Discover Value Stocks http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3949 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3949 Fri, 13 Sep 2019 17:10:00 EDT Value stocks, those equities that have fallen out of favor, have made a comeback this week. These underpriced orphans have become the new darlings of Wall Street, while high-flyers (think software and some tech) have sold off. What does this say about the markets?   The short answer... The Independent Investor: Europe Throws in the Towel http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3948 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3948 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 19:39:00 EDT The European Central Bank (ECB) announced a major new stimulus package on Thursday. A key interest rate was reduced, and a new bond-buying program was announced, amounting to $22 billion per month. In the past, those efforts would have been enough to boost the European economy, but will it be... @theMarket: Markets Break Out of 3-Month Trading Range http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3945 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3945 Fri, 06 Sep 2019 16:09:00 EDT Investors received a bucketful of good news this week. Brexit got a reprieve, Hong Kong authorities caved in to protestors demands, and another round of trade talks is set for October between the U.S. and China. Welcome to September.   As of Friday, the S&P 500 Index was less... The Independent Investor: Business Roundtable's Change of Heart http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3944 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3944 Thu, 05 Sep 2019 17:15:00 EDT Now that the media is on to more interesting topics, the August announcement by the Business Roundtable deserves further examination. Afterall, it is not every day that a group of the nation's most powerful chief executives redefines the goals of American corporations.   The...