Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Sat, 01 Nov 2014 05:09:32 EDT en-us The Independent Investor: Workers Get to Save More in 2015 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2798 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2798 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:48:00 EDT The IRS has given us all a New Year's gift. As of Jan. 1, the tax-deferred contributions on a variety of employee-sponsored, retirement savings plans have been increased, but not for IRAs. Readers may already be familiar with the traditional 401(k) plan. It was established as an... @theMarket: All Clear http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2790 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2790 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:09:00 EDT If investors needed proof that the market's bottom is in, this week provided it. It was the best week of the year in stock market gains and it looks like we have more on the way. That's not to say we couldn't have another pullback, but it won't be to the levels we saw nine... The Independent Investor: The Elephant in the Room http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2787 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2787 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:27:00 EDT Mid-term elections are less than two weeks away. Issues, for the most part, have fallen by the wayside as pure politics runs amuck. No wonder voter turnout is traditionally so poor in this midterm madness. Republicans are running against an unpopular president and are expected to sweep both... @theMarket: So far, So Good http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2786 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2786 Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:35:00 EDT This week's behavior in the stock market went according to plan. We broke through several technical supports, reached a fairly critical level, and then bounced back. However, October isn't over and the probability that we experience more downside remains high. Here's my take on the... The Independent Investor: OPEC's Oil Ploy http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2785 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2785 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:29:00 EDT Over the last four months, Americans have received an early Christmas present. The price of oil has dropped precipitously, benefiting both corporations as well as the consumer. But that could be a two-edged sword for this nation. Brent crude, the global oil benchmark in the futures market,... @theMarket: Are We There Yet? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2780 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2780 Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:21:00 EDT No, is the short answer to that headline. The S&P 500 Index needs to test 1,905 or thereabouts before all is said and done. You might ask why. The talking heads will tell you weak data in Europe is at fault. Others will blame the recent strength in the dollar. Then there is the... The Independent Investor: Why Is This Recovery Different? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2777 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2777 Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:59:00 EDT The stock markets are at record highs. Interest rates are at record lows. The unemployment rate is below 6 percent and yet, most Americans are unhappy. They are not feeling the recovery. Why? The answer to that question is complicated. But let's start with the financial crisis. Like the... @theMarket: October Starts Off on High Note http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2775 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2775 Fri, 03 Oct 2014 18:06:00 EDT Volatility was the buzz word this week in the stock market. The averages moved up and down by a percent or so on a daily basis but ended the week on a high note. Can we expect more of the same? Traditionally, at least the first two weeks of this month have been volatile, so the good news is... The Independent Investor: Money & Divorce — What You Should Know http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2771 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2771 Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:27:00 EDT You never paid attention to the family finances. Suddenly, your spouse wants a divorce. Fortunately, it's an amicable separation and you agree to split things up equitably. Where do you begin? The above scenario is much more common than you think since the odds that your marriage will... @theMarket: Wash, Rinse and Repeat http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2765 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2765 Sat, 27 Sep 2014 08:20:00 EDT The dollars running, stocks are falling, bond prices are jumping while commodities are tanking. Welcome to another week in the financial markets. Expect more of the same in October. As September, the worst month of the year for markets, comes to a close (next Tuesday) volatility appears to...