Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:39:08 EDT en-us Independent Investor: Don't Worry, Be Happy http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3378 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3378 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:02:00 EDT It is official: the happiest country in the world is Norway, with Denmark the runner-up, according to the World Happiness Report. What lessons can we learn from this survey and what, if anything, should we do as a nation to join their ranks? Where, you might ask, do we here in the U.S.... @theMarket: Fed Rate Hike Sets Stage For More http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3375 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3375 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:13:00 EDT This week the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates again. That's two times in as many quarters. Back in the day, the markets would have swooned. This week they did the opposite. What gives? The short answer is investors believe both the economy and inflation are beginning to accelerate,... The Independent Investor: Trump's Budget http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3372 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3372 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:44:00 EDT It was late, "skinny," and guaranteed to send Washington lawmakers up a wall.  President Trump's first crack at a budget, released on Thursday, makes drastic cuts to many sacrosanct departments and programs while boosting spending in others. If you haven't strapped in... @theMarket: Mushy Markets in March http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3368 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3368 Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:44:00 EST Investors took a break this week from the ongoing Trump rally, even as the pace of change in Washington seems to be accelerating. Both the financial downside and political upside should be positive for your investment portfolio overtime.   The minor consolidation I have been... The Independent Investor: America's Road Toward Universal Health Care http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3366 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3366 Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:51:00 EST The GOP's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was introduced this week.  As one might expect, the Republican Party's long-awaited plan was met with a firestorm of protests from just about every conceivable lobbying group. That's exactly what one should expect,... @theMarket: Markets Are Priced for Perfection http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3361 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3361 Sat, 04 Mar 2017 13:52:00 EST What a week for stock investors! All the main averages and most of the minor indexes registered historic highs. No question, Donald Trump has been good for the markets. The question is when will investors begin to take profits? Calling a top (or a bottom) in the markets is notoriously... The Independent Investor: Pet Trusts Are the Way to Go http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3359 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3359 Fri, 03 Mar 2017 17:09:00 EST If you have been avoiding a visit to an estate planning lawyer, despite the pleading of your spouse, your kids or grandkids, consider this: your pet's future well-being could be in jeopardy without a legal safeguard. As I wrote in my last column, new legislation is surfacing in a number... @theMarket: Market Stalls at Record Highs http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3356 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3356 Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:02:00 EST Stock market averages made another batch of new highs this week only to fall back in what may be buyer exhaustion. If the trend continues, investors may be looking at a 4-5 percent decline from here. It is too early to tell, because one day does not make a trend. We could easily experience... The Independent Investor: What Happens to Your Pet After Your Death? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3344 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3344 Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:52:00 EST If you are one of the 70 percent of the population that considers their pet a member of the family, you should review your estate planning documents. Otherwise, there is a good chance your pet will either end up in the pound, or worse. This hits close to home for many of us. If my wife and... @theMarket: Danger Zone http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3345 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3345 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:06:00 EST "Highway to the danger zone Gonna take you Right into the danger zone" Something new is happening to the stock market, it has actually had two negative days in a row. That doesn't mean much after weeks of gains, but it just may signal a temporary halt to the Trump...