Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Mon, 22 May 2017 11:36:03 EDT en-us @theMarket: The Trump Dump http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3425 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3425 Sat, 20 May 2017 10:09:00 EDT Investors were shocked this week when the U.S. stock markets fell almost 2 percent in one day.    Wall Street blamed it on the growing scandals engulfing the White House. However, there was little follow through despite predictions that this was the beginning of the... The Independent Investor: Health-Care Costs Are Strangling Us http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3424 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3424 Fri, 19 May 2017 17:03:00 EDT Recently, none other than the Sage of Omaha, Warren Buffet, has sounded the alarm on what he sees as the number one threat to American businesses — rising health care costs. His advice is that we better do something and do it quickly.   While Congress bickers over how to... The Independent Investor: Cosmetics Survive, Prosper Despite Competition http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3420 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3420 Thu, 11 May 2017 17:26:00 EDT As the clash between brick-and-mortar retail enterprises and the mighty Amazon escalates, the internet shopping colossus is laying waste to one store or mall after another. One of the few areas that has not only staved off the internet shopping giant, but has actually turned the internet and... @theMarket: Earnings Better Than Expected http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3418 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3418 Sat, 06 May 2017 14:21:00 EDT First-quarter earnings are coming in higher than expected while stock indexes hover just below historical highs. All that is necessary for further gains is a catalyst and that may be just around the corner.   This Sunday, French presidential elections will occur. As I wrote last... The Independent Investor: Only The Rich Are Saving http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3417 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3417 Thu, 04 May 2017 18:12:00 EDT Last quarter, the  percent age of Americans' personal savings rate stood at 5.9  percent of their disposable income, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis'. Given that number had fallen to as low as 1.9 percent in 2005, that's a large improvement. But who is saving... @theMarket: 100 Days Does Not an Economy Make? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3408 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3408 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:24:00 EDT Markets by their very nature are impatient. Every day they are open, something, somewhere has to be making traders money. Applying that behavior to either Donald Trump or the overall economy would be a mistake.   Nonetheless, it is what it is, Friday's first quarter GDP data,... The Independent Investor: World's Bread Basket No More http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3407 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3407 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:03:00 EDT The recent controversy over dairy trade policies between the Trump administration and Canada is only the tip of the iceberg. While Trump is selectively picking on one particular product, the truth is that the United States is losing its competitive advantage in many areas of... The Independent Investor: Should College Be Free? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3402 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3402 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:15:00 EDT Recently, New York became the first state to offer a tuition-free college education to middle-class students at two- and four-year public colleges. Tennessee, Oregon and the city of San Francisco have also given similar benefits to students attending community colleges in their states. It's... The Independent Investor: Tense Times in Trumpland http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3395 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3395 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:56:00 EDT The geopolitical landscape is heating up. U.S. relations with Syria, North Korea, China and Russia are in turmoil as the Trump administration flexes its military muscle. None of it bodes well for the stock market.   War cries and wealth are like water and oil. They don't mix... @theMarket: Uncertainty Descends Upon the Markets http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3392 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3392 Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:23:00 EDT Pick your poison — U.S.-Syrian strife, weak employment numbers, China-U.S. relations — those are just some of the issues investors had to contend with this week. Despite these potential roadblocks, the averages hung in there, losing little ground as the week...