Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:15:33 EST en-us @theMarket: Should Be Good Month for Stocks http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3555 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3555 Sat, 09 Dec 2017 17:34:00 EST The House passed a stop-gap spending bill averting a government shut-down late Thursday night. As a result, markets moved higher. We can expect more of the same until the next deadline, which is just before Christmas.    To be honest, investors have become so used to these... The Independent Investor: Will the Lights Go Out? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3552 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3552 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:53:00 EST The deadline looms. There is no deal in sight. Various political factions are jockeying to get their demands met. It is all part of an annual compromise to fund the government for another year.   So what else is new?   If the government does shut down on Saturday... The Independent Investor: The Bots Are Coming http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3548 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3548 Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:43:00 EST One no longer needs to imagine a post-apocalyptic world where humans are hunted into extinction by intelligent robots. While a shooting war may not break out between the two sides before 2030, a new study by the McKinsey Global Institute indicates that as many as 375 million human workers will... @theMarket: Sweet Spot for the Markets http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3542 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3542 Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:31:00 EST Thanksgiving weekend usually marks the beginning of a great seasonal run in the equity markets that continues through January of next year. There are some additional reasons why this year may prove to be a good one.   No one disputes the fact that we have had an unusual year for... The Independent Investor: Why Stocks Continue to Climb http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3540 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3540 Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:30:00 EST As we approach the end of the year, most investors are both dumb-founded and pleased at the stock market's performance. President Trump and his followers would like us to believe it is all because of them. Hog wash.   There has been no substantive legislation since the new... The Independent Investor: Cracks in the House of Saud http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3533 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3533 Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:11:00 EST Over the weekend, the government of Saudi Arabia announced multiple arrests of royal family members as well as other governmental officials. The official explanation was a new campaign to root out corruption, but many believe the raid was a power grab by the reigning Crown Prince Mohammed bin... @theMarket: Investors Underwhelmed by Tax Reform http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3532 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3532 Sat, 04 Nov 2017 10:07:00 EDT With great fanfare, House Republicans rolled out a tax reform proposal that they promised would get this country going again and invigorate business, while creating jobs and huge savings for the middle class. What are they smoking?   Clearly, the entire reform package was simply a... The Independent Investor: Are You Ready for a Down Market? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3531 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3531 Fri, 03 Nov 2017 17:02:00 EDT It has been some time since we have had even a tiny decline in the stock market. Human behavior is such that we expect what has come before to continue into the future. When it doesn't, a whole host of emotions arise and most of them will be detrimental to your financial... @theMarket: Markets Are Waiting for Tax Reform http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3525 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3525 Sat, 28 Oct 2017 10:48:00 EDT Stocks gyrated up and down this week as events in Washington competed with quarterly earnings results for investor's attention. Next week, we should find out more about both.   True to form, third-quarter earnings results have been in-line or better than expected. Over 70... The Independent Investor: IRS Changes Tax Rules for Next Year http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3524 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3524 Fri, 27 Oct 2017 14:39:00 EDT As politicians squabble over tax reform and cuts, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to do their job. New tax provisions for 2018 are out and some of them may be of interest to you.   Right now, there are seven marginal tax rates (soon to be three or four, if tax reform...