Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Fri, 22 May 2015 13:38:38 EDT en-us The Independent Investor: Will Memorial Day Kick Off a Strong Summer? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2927 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2927 Thu, 21 May 2015 16:26:00 EDT Brace yourself for a crowded holiday weekend. This year the kickoff to the summer season will see 37.2 million Americans take to the roads. It will be the strongest volume in travel in over a decade. And the summer is only beginning. The joyful combination of low gasoline prices and a... @theMarket: Another Record High http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2925 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2925 Sat, 16 May 2015 13:34:00 EDT This off-again, on-again market continues to grind higher, if only by a few points, but it is the direction that counts. This week it was the S&P 500 Index's turn to chalk up another record gain. And so it goes. If you recall last week, we were at the bottom of the trading range... The Independent Investor: Millennials & Money http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2923 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2923 Fri, 15 May 2015 14:54:00 EDT Recent studies indicate our nation's youth are not investing in the stock markets. That's nothing new. It takes a rare individual under the age of 30 to have the wisdom to invest at a young age. For those who do, their future could be golden. A recent survey by Banknote.com, a... The Independent Investor: Avian Flu Scrambles the Egg Business http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2918 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2918 Thu, 07 May 2015 22:49:00 EDT By now, most Americans are familiar with the avian flu but its impact on your pocketbook may not be as well known. Here is what we know so far. Egg producers have been walloped. Nearly 6 percent of America's "layer" hens have been destroyed. That's a lot of chicken, given... The Independent Investor: Does Another Trade Pact Make Sense? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2914 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2914 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:30:00 EDT As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the United States winds down, politicians in both houses of Congress need to decide whether the proposed Trans-Pacific, 12-nation trade pact makes economic sense. It does and we should jump on it. Through the years I have been in favor of... @theMarket: Buy on the News http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2911 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2911 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:42:00 EDT The worst of earnings season is behind us and it isn't nearly as bad as investors feared. Led by the tech sector, market averages are once again near their highs and appear to be on their way to even higher highs. Halleluiah. If you recall that last week at this time, world markets... The Independent Investor: Should You Manage That 401(k)? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2912 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2912 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:47:00 EDT When the Federal government, together with Corporate America, offered the American worker 401(k) and 403(b) tax-deferred savings plans, as an alternative to pension plans, they forgot one thing. The vast majority of employees have no idea how to manage these plans. Back in my Dad's day,... @theMarket: Right Back Into the Range http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2908 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2908 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:39:00 EDT The first week of earnings season is behind us. The results were not nearly as bad as investors feared. Some averages, such as the Russell small and mid-cap indexes, actually made new highs. However, all the indexes fell back into a trading range by the close on Friday. As I suggested in my... The Independent Investor: Brazil Not For the Faint of Heart http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2907 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2907 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:35:00 EDT Beset by scandals that could reach as high as the presidential office, suffering from an epic drought, low oil prices, high inflation, a declining currency and a negative economic growth rate, the world's seventh largest economy could be an interesting long-term investment but not for the... @theMarket: Earnings on Deck http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2903 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2903 Sun, 12 Apr 2015 14:32:00 EDT This week launched the beginning of first-quarter earnings results for American companies. Wall Street doesn't expect much. It is bracing for a disappointing season, especially from U.S. exporters. Has the market discounted that news already? Analysts expect that overall earnings will...