Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:17:44 EST en-us The Independent Investor: Election Investors Ignored http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2842 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2842 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:09:00 EST Last weekend Japan held "snap" elections, which gave Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the mandate to continue his pro-growth economic policies.  No one outside Japan seemed to care. The Nikkei stock market index fell 1.6 percent and traders moved on. That may prove to be a big... @theMarket: It's All About Oil http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2836 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2836 Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:10:00 EST Just three weeks to go before the end of the year, and stock markets should be celebrating. Instead, equity markets have been down as traders become increasingly spooked by the decline in oil prices. Granted, financial markets sometimes get it wrong, but the present atmosphere of fear is one for... The Independent Investor: Is Russian Bear Back In His Cave? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2832 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2832 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:46:00 EST Ukraine had been the topic on everyone's lips for over six months. Today, nary a word is written about Russian's plan to annex that nation. You can thank declining oil prices for that. While most of the West rejoices over the recent precipitous drop in the price of oil, the story is... The Independent Investor: The Truth Behind Black Friday http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2824 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2824 Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:09:00 EST The disappointing 11 percent decline in brick and mortar retail sales on Black Friday took Wall Street and Corporate America by surprise. Excuses vary from the holiday shopping fad has run its course, to people just wanted to be with their families on Thanksgiving. Don't believe it. One... The Independent Investor: Is There a Doctor in the House? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2820 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2820 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:50:00 EST A doctor shortage in America has been predicted ever since the first Baby Boomers started to retire.  Now, that shortage is coming into question as technology and non-doctor, medical professionals are stepping forward to fill the gap. The Association of American Medical Colleges... The Independent Investor: The Pipeline Made Simple http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2818 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2818 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:00:00 EST The U.S. Senate rejected passage of the Keystone Pipeline by one vote this week. The controversial energy plan will be back on the agenda, however, in January. For most of us, separating fact from fiction as both sides alter the facts is difficult at best, but here are some things we do... @theMarket: Markets Are in Half Time http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2812 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2812 Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:49:00 EST Stocks have had a wonderful run since mid-October's swoon. The S&P 500 Index is now up over 10 percent from its bottom. As we approach another record high, expect some backing and filling before moving higher. I wish I could say the same about the price of oil. The price of oil is... The Independent Investor: U.S. and China Square Off http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2811 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2811 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:45:00 EST In Beijing this week, the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit is winding down. As representatives from its 21 member nations return home, one thing is certain.  China has become America's main rival for influence in that region. Depending on who you talk to, China's... The Independent Investor: Workers Get to Save More in 2015 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2798 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2798 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:48:00 EDT The IRS has given us all a New Year's gift. As of Jan. 1, the tax-deferred contributions on a variety of employee-sponsored, retirement savings plans have been increased, but not for IRAs. Readers may already be familiar with the traditional 401(k) plan. It was established as an... @theMarket: All Clear http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2790 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=2790 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:09:00 EDT If investors needed proof that the market's bottom is in, this week provided it. It was the best week of the year in stock market gains and it looks like we have more on the way. That's not to say we couldn't have another pullback, but it won't be to the levels we saw nine...