Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:37:58 EST en-us The Independent Investor: Rise of the Smoothie http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2880 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2880 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:20:00 EST The global market for smoothies is projected to hit $9 billion this year. Driven by a new health-consciousness among consumers, today's on-the-go convenience of gulping down your vitamins and minerals is appealing to more and more of us. Expect that trend to continue. From a niche... @The Market: Full Steam Ahead http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2879 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2879 Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:53:00 EST The major averages made all-time highs again this week, except the Nasdaq. It is just a matter of time before that tech-heavy index joins the party. But what happens after that? The short answer is that we go higher, maybe not right away, but soon. January, you may recall, was a down month,... The Independent Investor: New Fiduciary Rule Would Benefit All of Us http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2878 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2878 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:48:00 EST The Department of Labor is trying again. This week, a proposed new rule, backed by the president, would force all financial advisers to adopt a "fiduciary responsibility" toward their clients when overseeing retirement plans. If passed, it could substantially reduce the fees and... The Independent Investor: How to Make the Most Out of Social Security http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2875 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2875 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:09:00 EST Yes, it's complicated. Social Security benefits have been around since 1935 and, like taxes, have become increasingly complex through time. Most people are losing out because they don't understand the fine print. Starting today, you will, so read on. For most of us, who haven't... @theMarket: A Race to the Bottom http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2870 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2870 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:19:00 EST Faced with slowing economies and sluggish employment, more and more countries throughout the world are devaluing their currencies, slashing interest rates and stimulating growth wherever they can. That should be a recipe for further global growth in the years to come. These days wherever... The Independent Investor: The Grecian Drama http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2869 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2869 Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:24:00 EST Greece is once again on center stage as the world looks on, wondering if this time the country's finances will finally implode. It is a play we've seen before and its outcome fairly predictable. Several weeks ago, I warned readers to expect turmoil in Greece. As expected, the... @theMarket: The Labor Market Is on Fire http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2868 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2868 Sat, 07 Feb 2015 18:18:00 EST Non-farm payroll employment increased by 257,000 jobs in January and the gains for the preceding two months were revised upward as well. Even better news was hourly wages that jumped 0.5 percent in January to $24.75 after declining in December. That's the biggest gain in six years and bodes... The Independent Investor: Joint Business Is Jumping http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2867 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2867 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 13:16:00 EST Today, more than 7 million Americans are no longer limping. Instead, they are trotting around with the assistance of artificial knees, hips or both. Every year another million of us will join the crowd, and that number is expected to grow as America ages. Arthritis is the main reason for... The Independent Investor: College Savings Accounts Are Not Risk-Free http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2864 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2864 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:22:00 EST A national debate over whether to tax "529" college savings plans has turned the spotlight on these plans and how they work. Do they really help parents save the money their kids will need for college? The answer depends on how they are invested and how they are managed. Starting... @theMarket: More Stimuli Equal Higher Markets http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2861 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2861 Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:12:00 EST We can thank Mario Draghi, the head of the European Central Bank, for snapping the stock market out of its monthlong lethargy. This week, the ECB launched a trillion-dollar program of monetary stimulus that gave investors worldwide a shot in the arm. The program amounts to an injection of...