Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:46:02 EDT en-us @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... The Independent Investor: How Much Is Too Much to Spend in Retirement? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2666 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2666 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:53:00 EDT More and more baby boomers retire each year. One of the questions that trouble them the most is whether they have enough savings to last their lifetime. The answer largely depends on how much they plan to spend each year. The historical guideline that most financial planners use is a 4... The Independent Investor: The Fed Turns Off the Spigot http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2649 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2649 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:15:00 EDT The Federal Reserve Bank announced an end to their latest quantitative stimulus program on Wednesday. The markets worldwide sold off on Thursday. Was it just a coincidence?   It was not as if their announcement was unexpected. The Fed has been winding down its $85 billion a month... The Independent Investor: Should You Pay Off Mortgage Before Retiring? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2605 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2605 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:21:00 EDT Many retirees, concerned with no longer having a steady paycheck, have asked me for advice on whether to pay off their mortgage early. There is no definitive answer but here are some variables to consider when making a decision. Your monthly mortgage payment in retirement may represent a... The Independent Investor: Retirement should be a part-time job http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2600 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2600 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:14:00 EDT Only 40 percent of those who retire find that their quality of life improved. That’s because the majority of Americans, especially men, fail to understand that retirement can have a sudden and stressful impact on their lives and especially their marriage. Don’t let this happen to... The Independent Investor: Unhappily Ever After http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2591 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2591 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:44:00 EDT Over the next decade roughly 75 million Americans will retire. While most of us are well-aware of the need to plan, save and invest for that momentous moment, very few of us are actually prepared for the non-financial challenges of retirement itself. Recently, as a result of one local... @theMarket: June Swoon http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2590 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2590 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:37:00 EDT This week the stock market was actually down three days in a row. It caught many investors off guard, but by the end of the week, traders were expecting the dip buyers to arrive. They did not disappoint. As we approach the first days of summer, the stock market appears to be becoming more,... @theMarket: Europe Is a Good Bet http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2584 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2584 Sun, 08 Jun 2014 00:34:00 EDT When the allies invaded the coast of Normandy on June 6, 1944, no one knew how much was at stake. It was a risky move that not only put an end to years of bloodshed within Europe but also ushered in a new world order that continues today. European leaders are hoping that their central bank's...