Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Sun, 19 Aug 2018 15:54:00 EDT en-us The Independent Investor: Turmoil in Turkey http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3697 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3697 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:28:00 EDT Turkey, a country that represents about 1 percent of the world's gross domestic product, has suddenly become a cause of concern for investors worldwide. Both developed and emerging financial markets have plunged over the last week as that country's currency plummeted. Fear that this tiny... @theMarket: Will Stocks Break Out or Break Down? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3694 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3694 Fri, 10 Aug 2018 17:23:00 EDT The S&P 500 index is within a hair's breadth of breaking out. This week we topped 2,850, which we haven't done since March. The record high for the index in January was 2,872.   Can we top that?   The S&P 500 Index traded within 0.5 percent of its record... The Independent Investor: Should You Pay Down Your Mortgage? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3693 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3693 Thu, 09 Aug 2018 16:16:00 EDT The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017, together with rising interest rates have changed the calculus in determining whether to pay down your mortgage or let it ride. Let's examine the pros and cons.   Over the last 10 years, as interest rates fell to almost zero, it made total sense... @theMarket: Stocks Set for a Volatile August http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3691 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3691 Fri, 03 Aug 2018 16:23:00 EDT This month would be a good time to go on vacation. Otherwise, you might be tempted to do something rash like chase stocks or sell at their lows. That is the kind of market volatility investors should expect in August.   The market's trading range is still intact and should... The Independent Investor: The Incredible Shrinking Stock Market http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3690 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3690 Thu, 02 Aug 2018 16:44:00 EDT There was a time, back in the late Nineties, that publicly-traded stocks were the envy of all companies, great and small. But times have changed, and since then the number of public companies have fallen by 50 percent.   You might have missed that trend, however. That's because... @theMarket: Markets Remain Range-Bound http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3684 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3684 Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:18:00 EDT It's the same old song. It has been playing over and over since the end of January. Higher interest rates, a stronger dollar, and, of course, the inevitable and meaningless stream of tweets from our Tweeter-in-Chief are keeping stocks range-bound. How long will this condition... The Independent Investor: Tariffs The Next Chapter http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3683 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3683 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:22:00 EDT Tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese imports were imposed, as expected, last week. China responded with $34 billion of their own tariffs on American imports. So far, this has been a zero-sum game. The question that investors are asking is whether or not the trade war will escalate.   I... @theMarket: A Wash-Rinse-Repeat Market http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3674 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3674 Fri, 29 Jun 2018 16:07:00 EDT There was nothing to see in the markets this week, simply more of the same crisis news that may keep the media happy, but no one else. Tariffs and trade remain in the forefront and will continue to do so. What should investors do?   Just move on and enjoy your summer. The... The Independent Investor: Currencies & Trade Wars http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3672 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3672 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 16:34:00 EDT What's up with the dollar? The greenback is strengthening and is having its best quarter since 2016 against an array of foreign currencies. Is this an accident, or is it something far more dangerous?   Economists will tell you that the Trump tariff crusade is responsible. New... @theMarket: Ignore the Noise and Profit http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3667 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3667 Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:51:00 EDT The world is in turmoil. The news is all bad. Trump is threatening to up the ante on tariffs. NAFTA is kaput. Our trade partners hate us. China won't back down and, if you have time to spare, you are reading about immigrant kids locked in Texas dog cages by order of the president. So why is...