Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Sun, 24 Jun 2018 05:00:01 EDT en-us @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... The Independent Investor: The Next Recession http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3666 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3666 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:27:00 EDT Over half the economists on Wall Street believe that by the end of 2020, we will experience our first economic downturn in years. If so, when might you begin to prepare for a rocky two-year period for all of us?   The good news is that we still have another year or so of stock... @theMarket: Trump's $50 Billion in Chinese Tariffs Trashes Markets http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3663 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3663 Sat, 16 Jun 2018 10:46:00 EDT Investors waited all week for President Trump's verdict. On Friday, he did not disappoint his followers. He decided to move ahead with plans to slap $34 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports. Stock markets worldwide fell on the news as investors await a Chinese response.   And... The Independent Investor: How to Avoid Recession? Emigrate to Australia http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3662 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3662 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 15:13:00 EDT   "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" — "New Colossus" by Emma... The Independent Investor: Trump's trade war http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3659 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3659 Thu, 07 Jun 2018 15:52:00 EDT Over the weekend, the G-7 group of nations met to denounce the recent actions of the United States. This coming Friday, these same leaders convene in Quebec. President Trump will attend and seems determined to face them down.   Ever since the Trump administration announced plans to... @theMarket: Another Week of Market Volatility http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3657 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3657 Fri, 01 Jun 2018 16:29:00 EDT As the month wound down, so did stocks. Pronouncements from Washington dominated the market's direction on a daily basis. We can expect to see that trend continue as the summer doldrums reduce liquidity and exaggerate market swings.   The adage of "sell in May,"... The Independent Investor: Italy's Crisis Threatens Financial Markets http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3656 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3656 Thu, 31 May 2018 16:05:00 EDT A political crisis in the fourth largest economy in Europe has spilled over into the financial markets. Global stock exchanges greeted Italy's present political dysfunction by registering major declines — and the crisis may just be getting started.   Back in 2010... @theMarket: Nothing Memorable in the Markets this Week http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3654 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3654 Fri, 25 May 2018 16:35:00 EDT Most indexes ended the week where they started. While day traders may have lost or gained from intraday moves, serious investors simply ignored the constant and contradictory stream of news coming out of Washington.   It isn't worth the space to comment on all the on-again,... The Independent Investor: It Is No Longer Enough to Simply Manage Money http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3653 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3653 Thu, 24 May 2018 15:37:00 EDT Back in the day, money managers were revered. News stories spotlighting the year's "hottest hands," or that hedge fund's rising star were all the rage. Retail investors chased performance and paid for it. But times are changing, and simply beating the market for a year or two... The Independent Investor: Are Americans Saving Enough for Retirement? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3651 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3651 Thu, 17 May 2018 17:00:00 EDT If you simply read the headlines, you would assume that over half of Americans aged 55 and over, have no savings as they approach retirement. That's a dramatic statement, but is it true?   Most statisticians derive that data by adding up those who have an IRA or similar...