Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:53:30 EST en-us The Independent Investor: Gyms Are Counting on Your New Year's resolution http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3327 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3327 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:17:00 EST Barbara Schmick tries out her new Peloton machine. While she's likely to keep going, most exercise resolutions fall short. It's that time of the year again when people like me hate people like you. January is the month when all those good intentions to get healthy and fit... @theMarket: Stocks Bump & Grind Toward Christmas http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3324 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3324 Sat, 24 Dec 2016 15:32:00 EST No surprise that stocks took a break this week. Profit-taking from the election rally has been the main theme over the last few days for investors and could continue through the New Year. As traders desert their desks for holiday shopping (present company included), volumes have petered out... @theMarket: Has Santa Claus Come & Gone? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3317 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3317 Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:02:00 EST The rally continued in the stock market as investors abandoned bonds and bought stocks hand over fist. Many think the best is yet to come, since the traditional end-of-year Santa Claus rally is still ahead of us. However, between now and then, we have the Federal Open Market Committee... @theMarket: Day Traders Rule the Markets http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3287 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3287 Sun, 02 Oct 2016 11:49:00 EDT What a week of volatility! The Dow was up or down 100 points or more every day while the other averages were equally as volatile. Brace yourself, because October should be just as crazy. Pick your poison: the presidential debate, fears of a global banking crisis, a spike in oil — all... The Independent Investor: Dementia & Your portfolio http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3284 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3284 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:33:00 EDT As more Baby Boomers reach retirement age, few elderly investors are willing to discuss a growing risk to their portfolio. The onset of diminished mental capacity can cause huge losses in your life savings. Many only realize the problem in hindsight. Don't let that happen to you. The... @theMarket: The Same Old Song http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3282 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3282 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:16:00 EDT Investors have been waiting all year for that elusive interest rate hike promised by our central bank. September proved to be another false start. Once again, markets rallied on the news, the dollar fell, and investors were happy. So what's new? As we have written so many times in the... The Independent Investor: The Impact of One Bad Apple http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3280 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3280 Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:31:00 EDT For years, the mantra of Corporate America has been that they are drowning in government rules and regulations. Small business has echoed that refrain, as has Wall Street. The problem is that these same entities continually shoot themselves in the foot. Over the last two weeks, thanks to... @theMarket: Much Ado About Nothing http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3276 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3276 Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:25:00 EDT It has been a volatile week in the markets. The averages have rocketed up and down by a percent or more as traders bet for and against a Fed move on interest rates next week. Does it matter? If you aren't tired after more than two years of reading what the Fed may or may not do, you... The Independent Investor: Woman Need to Invest More http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3273 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3273 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:34:00 EDT We all know women generally make less than men. On average, female workers make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns doing the same job. If you are a woman of color, or work in some lower paid industries, the gap could be even wider. It is one of the reasons women need to invest and save more,... @theMarket: Markets Get Back to Business http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3271 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3271 Sat, 10 Sep 2016 06:15:00 EDT Since Labor Day marked the end of summer for Wall Street, the big guys came back to work and evidently did not like what they saw. As this week comes to a close, all three indexes suffered losses. Friday's downturn could be attributed to North Korea, the rogue state that detonated a...