Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:36:41 EDT en-us The Independent Investor: Should College Be Free? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3402 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3402 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:15:00 EDT Recently, New York became the first state to offer a tuition-free college education to middle-class students at two- and four-year public colleges. Tennessee, Oregon and the city of San Francisco have also given similar benefits to students attending community colleges in their states. It's... The Independent Investor: Tense Times in Trumpland http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3395 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3395 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:56:00 EDT The geopolitical landscape is heating up. U.S. relations with Syria, North Korea, China and Russia are in turmoil as the Trump administration flexes its military muscle. None of it bodes well for the stock market.   War cries and wealth are like water and oil. They don't mix... @theMarket: Uncertainty Descends Upon the Markets http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3392 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3392 Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:23:00 EDT Pick your poison — U.S.-Syrian strife, weak employment numbers, China-U.S. relations — those are just some of the issues investors had to contend with this week. Despite these potential roadblocks, the averages hung in there, losing little ground as the week... The Independent Investor: Don't Let Romance Blind You to Finances http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3391 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3391 Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:08:00 EDT Don't let romance blind you to the financial downside of living together. Unmarried couples need as much, if not more, financial and estate planning than those who are married. Without it, one or both partners may lose everything they have committed to the relationship. Here is a primer on... @theMarket: New Quarter, New Market http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3387 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3387 Sat, 01 Apr 2017 14:03:00 EDT As traders and institutions put to bed the first quarter, several concerns loom large in the weeks ahead. How things play out over that time period will have important implications for the averages, given that they are not far from their all-time, historical highs.   What will the... Living together is not what it used to be http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3383 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3383 Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:33:00 EDT Times are changing. Over 12 million Americans now "live in sin," as my parents would say, and their numbers are increasing every year. As long as they remain together, everything is copacetic, but what happens when they break up?   Thanks to the economy, demographics, and... Independent Investor: Don't Worry, Be Happy http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3378 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3378 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:02:00 EDT It is official: the happiest country in the world is Norway, with Denmark the runner-up, according to the World Happiness Report. What lessons can we learn from this survey and what, if anything, should we do as a nation to join their ranks? Where, you might ask, do we here in the U.S.... @theMarket: Fed Rate Hike Sets Stage For More http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3375 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3375 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:13:00 EDT This week the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates again. That's two times in as many quarters. Back in the day, the markets would have swooned. This week they did the opposite. What gives? The short answer is investors believe both the economy and inflation are beginning to accelerate,... The Independent Investor: Trump's Budget http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3372 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3372 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:44:00 EDT It was late, "skinny," and guaranteed to send Washington lawmakers up a wall.  President Trump's first crack at a budget, released on Thursday, makes drastic cuts to many sacrosanct departments and programs while boosting spending in others. If you haven't strapped in... @theMarket: Mushy Markets in March http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3368 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3368 Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:44:00 EST Investors took a break this week from the ongoing Trump rally, even as the pace of change in Washington seems to be accelerating. Both the financial downside and political upside should be positive for your investment portfolio overtime.   The minor consolidation I have been...