Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:08:15 EDT en-us @themarket: Global Interest Rates Rise, Global Stocks Fall http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3453 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3453 Sat, 08 Jul 2017 11:05:00 EDT It is something we really haven't seen in quite some time. Back in the day, before the financial crisis, interest rates and stocks most often moved in opposite directions. This week investors got a taste of what the future might hold.   U.S Treasury yields on the 10-year note... The Independent Investor: The Market's Half-Time Report http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3452 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3452 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 12:56:00 EDT Financial markets worldwide ended the first six months of the year much better off than they started. Here in the U.S., the Dow and the S&P 500 Indexes both gained 8 percent, while NASDAQ delivered 15 percent.   The Russell 2000, the small cap index, underperformed (up 4... The Independent Investor: Small Business Linchpin of America's Success http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3446 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3446 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:37:00 EDT The facts are that small businesses still create the lion's share of jobs and at least half the economic growth in this country. It would be wonderful if our lawmakers would finally realize that.   Look around you: with few exceptions, we are surrounded by entrepreneurs who have... The Independent Investor: A Tale of Two Charities http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3445 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3445 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:47:00 EDT As Senate Republicans unveil their version of a new health care law replacing the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, Democrats are already crying foul. But while politicians are busy back-stabbing each other, there are real people out there who are sick and getting sicker.   These are... @theMarket: Markets in Pullback Mode http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3442 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3442 Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:31:00 EDT Technology stocks continued to consolidate while the Dow made new highs and the S&P 500 Index hovered just below historical highs. Throw in the fact that the markets are notoriously slow and biased to the downside during the summer months, and you have a recipe for further... The Independent Investor: A Tale of Two Charities http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3440 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3440 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 19:56:00 EDT We are a country divided. Washington is paralyzed. Half the country considers our president a joke and any and all legislation is dead on arrival, according to the TV talking heads. Social media is filled with outrage and despair. As a result, Americans are supposedly wringing their hands, or... @theMarket: FOMO Fuels the Markets http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3438 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3438 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:43:00 EDT The fear of missing out (or FOMO) has supported the stock market averages this week. Although it appeared that the indexes simply marked time, appearances can be deceiving.    We made new record highs again this week as investors piled into stocks on any sign of weakness. The... The Independent Investor: The Client Comes First http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3436 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3436 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:19:00 EDT As of Friday, putting a client's needs first becomes law. Despite a bitterly contested battle by brokers, banks and insurance companies to kill it, the on-again, off-again Department of Labor fiduciary rule becomes effective June 9, 2017. Investors should cheer the news. That's... @theMarket: Markets Still on a Roll http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3433 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3433 Fri, 02 Jun 2017 17:55:00 EDT Additional gains propelled stocks higher this week with all three averages closing at record highs once again. Despite the fact that more and more experts are warning of a possible fall in the averages, investors continue to pile into stocks. Should you? The short answer is no, wait for... The Independent Investor: Elder Care in an Age of Confusion http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3432 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3432 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:54:00 EDT Many Americans confess that they are confused when faced with the myriad Medicare choices available to them. Others are simply not planning, nor saving enough to meet the challenge of health care costs in old age. In response, a whole new industry has sprung up...