Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:20:02 EDT en-us @theMarket: Waiting on the Fed http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2753 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2753 Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:36:00 EDT It should be clear to you by now that in the United States the Federal Reserve Bank is calling the shots in our financial markets. To a lesser extent this phenomena is happening all over the world. As such, the markets did little this week because the Fed doesn't meet again until... The Independent Investor: The United States of Scotland? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2750 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2750 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:38:00 EDT Will the ghost of William Wallace finally see the British thrown out of his country once and for all? If the latest polls on the outcome of the Sept. 18th referendum on Scottish Independence are any indication, Scots are in a dead heat over the political and economic future of their... The Independent Investor: Europe Follows the U.S. lead http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2741 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2741 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:23:00 EDT The European Central Bank has lagged behind both the U.S. and Japanese counterparts in their efforts to stimulate the economies of the European Union. Today, they attempted to address that fault before Europe sinks into a recession. Both bond and stock market investors have been... @theMarket: What's Up With Bonds? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2737 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2737 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:31:00 EDT At the beginning of the year, Wall Street was certain that interest rates were on their way up. Investors dumped all kinds of bonds anticipating that prices would plummet. Bond prices did the upset. Go figure. The reversal caught just about everyone by surprise (including me). The thinking... The Independent Investor: Baby Boomers and Retirement http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2736 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2736 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:28:00 EDT The nation's work force has experienced some traumatic events over the past five years. Between the financial crises, global competition and the slow pace of domestic economic growth, is it any wonder that employment in the U.S. is not what it should be? Yet the biggest challenge of all may... @theMarket: Labor on Their Mind http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2723 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2723 Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:55:00 EDT It is that time of the year again when the world's central bankers gather together in Wyoming to sort out the economic conditions of the global economy. This year most bankers will be looking at labor growth, or lack thereof, and what to do about it. In this country we have seen some... The Independent Investor: Financing ISIS http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2722 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2722 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:26:00 EDT Outgunned, outmanned and outfinanced, terrorists should be logically on the losing end of any combat engagement. And yet,   they exist and sometimes flourish despite the odds. Much of their success can be attributed to cash, the life blood of any army, and their increasingly... @theMarket: Geopolitical Risk Trumps Economic Growth http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2703 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2703 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:04:00 EDT The front page of most newspapers on Friday featured at least three hot spots around the world that has investors worried. None of them may be anything to worry about over the long-term, but over the next few weeks they have the potential to drive the stock market lower. You may ask, why... The Independent Investor: Beware the Russian Bear http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2699 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2699 Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:05:00 EDT Twenty-thousand Russian troops are massing along the Ukraine border. Wednesday, in retaliation for another round of Western sanctions, Vladimir Putin imposed sanctions on certain U.S. and EU imports. And yet the markets barely registered the event. Are investors a bit too complacent? Price... The Independent Investor: Why Some Corporations Are Leaving America http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2690 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2690 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:01:00 EDT In recent weeks, politicians and concerned citizens alike have decried the growing number of corporations that have opted to renounce their citizenship and move off-shore. Rather than simply playing the blame game, a better approach might be to examine the underlying cause for this growing...