Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Sat, 07 Dec 2019 14:01:29 EST en-us The Independent Investor: Truth About NATO & Defense Spending http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3987 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3987 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 16:19:00 EST While it would appear that President Donald Trump left the London NATO Summit this week empty-handed, the truth is he has already achieved what several presidents before him could not. Unfortunately, it is a shallow victory at best.   Just a week ago, in preparation for President... The Independent Investor: Will Santa Satisfy Retailers? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3985 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3985 Thu, 28 Nov 2019 16:25:00 EST Ready, get set, go! That's what the nation's retailers are hoping you will do, preferably before your Thanksgiving dinner has barely been digested. Black Friday has become Black Week, while holiday shopping now officially includes the entire months of November and... @theMarket: Markets Broken Record http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3983 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3983 Sat, 23 Nov 2019 11:45:00 EST As the Dec. 15 deadline approaches, investors aren't sure whether the next tranche of tariffs on Chinese imports will be raised, lowered, or delayed. Given the importance of this event, markets are once again stuck betwixt and between.   If this sounds like a broken record on... The Independent Investor: Diamonds Should Be at Top of Christmas List http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3984 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3984 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 16:52:00 EST Diamonds for most Americans evoke visions of luxury and romance and are almost always the traditional go-to precious stone for engagement rings. The good news is that no matter how strapped for cash you are, you could probably afford one right now.   Chances are, I don't have to... @theMarket: Record Highs Again & Again http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3981 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3981 Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:41:00 EST It has been one of those weeks where just about every day the stock market opened lower. But by the end of the day, one or more of the three main averages would rebound and close higher, usually close to, or at a minor new high. I expect it should continue.   And as stocks grind... The Independent Investor: Attention Retirees! http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3980 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3980 Thu, 14 Nov 2019 17:10:00 EST It has been more than a year since President Trump admonished the government to strengthen retirement security in America. This week, in response, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a proposal to comply with that executive order. Its suggestions were decidedly... @theMarket: Phase One Deal Keeps Markets Bullish http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3979 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3979 Fri, 08 Nov 2019 16:37:00 EST It was all about the trade deal this week. Both sides seem to want a resolution to the crippling tariffs that have sent the world's economies to the brink of recession. The relief that investors feel is reflected in the new highs we are enjoying at the moment.   I say "at... The Independent Investor: Fringe Benefits Important as Paycheck http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3977 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3977 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 16:31:00 EST Most of us know to the penny how much we made last paycheck, but how many of us know the details of our fringe benefits? Not many, I suspect, and that is a big mistake.   Retirement benefits are available to 77 percent of private industry workers and 91 percent of state and local... @theMarket: Will Record Highs Beget Record Highs? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3976 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3976 Fri, 01 Nov 2019 17:00:00 EDT As third-quarter earnings wind down, the Fed cut interest rates again this week. Since both events seemingly matched investor expectations, what, then, will investors worry about in the coming months?   As predicted, the S&P 500 Index hit a modest new high this week based on the... The Independent Investor: NCAA Up Against Ropes on College Pay for Athletes http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3974 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3974 Thu, 31 Oct 2019 17:08:00 EDT This week the Board of Governors of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) met at Emory University in Atlanta to hear the pros and cons of allowing athletes to accept money for endorsements. It has been a long time coming.   This is an issue that has been around for as...