Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:13:38 EDT en-us @theMarket: Who Is Next? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3213 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3213 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:59:00 EDT   The vote is in and all you have to do is look at world markets to discover the verdict. The citizens of the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union. Chaos reigned for today but tomorrow may be a different story, at least for U.S. investors. Do not panic. Most... The Independent Investor: Pet Insurance & Why You Should Have It http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3211 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3211 Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:44:00 EDT Whether you are adopting a pet or buying that pure blood breed, the first thing you should consider is pet insurance. Skipping this step could cost you several times the purchase price of your new pet each year. Better be safe than sorry. Pet insurance is like any other insurance, human or... @theMarket: It's Still a Coin Toss http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3207 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3207 Sat, 18 Jun 2016 18:11:00 EDT Despite all the algorithmic programs, high-powered computers, enormous capital and worldwide connections, what happens in the investment world sometimes comes down to a coin toss. The British vote next Thursday to stay or exit the European Community is shaping up to be one of those binary... The Independent Investor: The Brexit Primer http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3206 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3206 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:19:00 EDT At this time next week the results of a United Kingdom referendum on whether or not to leave the European Union will be announced to the world. The polls are too close to call and the odds are changing every day. For the past several days equity markets worldwide have been selling off in... @theMarket: The Only Game in Town http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3204 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3204 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:31:00 EDT Investors are scratching their heads in confusion. How can U.S. stocks, bonds, commodities and the dollar all go up at the same time? It flies in the face of historical relationships that have been around for years. Thank the central banks of the world for the present situation. It all... The Independent Investor: How Does the Stock Market Perform in an Election Year? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3202 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3202 Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:34:00 EDT There is quite a bit of worry over this year's presidential elections. Most of that angst centers on the possibility that Donald Trump might be elected to the office and that this could be a disaster for the stock market. If history is any guide, those concerns may be... The Independent Investor: One For The Little Guy http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3201 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3201 Wed, 08 Jun 2016 13:16:00 EDT The retirement world is changing. A long-sought-after regulation by the Department of Labor was released in April. It goes a long way toward protecting retirement savers from brokers and insurance agents. Here is what you need to know. The new ruling insists that those who advise investors... @theMarket: Summertime, But Nothing Seems Easy http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3197 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3197 Sat, 28 May 2016 07:05:00 EDT After a couple of days of hand wringing, traders are now going with the notion that if the Fed raises rates in June or July, it may actually be good for the economy. Don't put too much stock in that, however, because herd sentiment can turn quickly with one simple statement from the... The Independent Investor: How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Multi-Level Marketing http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3194 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3194 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:41:00 EDT So you want to be your own boss, make lots of money and do it all from the comfort of your home? It is the siren song of direct sales that has recruited legions of Americans through the years. Some make it, most do not. Here are some tips to help you in your new adventure. Whether you want... The Independent Investor: Let's Have a Jewelry Party http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3193 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3193 Wed, 25 May 2016 12:43:00 EDT Contrary to all the present and future trends in retailing, multilevel marketing (MLM) is still alive and well in this country. Exactly what is MLM and why are so many Americans enamored with hitting up their friends and relatives in an effort to succeed at personal retailing? MLM is a...