Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Mon, 20 May 2019 05:24:35 EDT en-us The Independent Investor: Epidemic Pulls Pork Prices Higher http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3870 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3870 Thu, 16 May 2019 17:38:00 EDT The African swine fever could cause prices in China to spike 70 percent or more this year. The highly infectious disease is spreading throughout Asia and could lead to a large increase in the price of pork here at home as well.   Before you ask, this highly infectious virus, while... @theMarket: Tariffs Trash Stocks http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3871 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3871 Sat, 11 May 2019 08:44:00 EDT Volatility in the form of U.S. trade tariffs levied on China cut through investors' complacency with a vengeance this week.  It took less than three days to drop the markets by 3 percent. Is it over or do we have another 5 percent or so to endure?   My bet is that it is... The Independent Investor: What Does Your 401(k) Investments Look Like? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3867 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3867 Thu, 09 May 2019 17:14:00 EDT It might surprise you to know that many retirement savers religiously contribute to their tax-deferred savings plans but have no idea what investments they own. Many plan representatives simply suggest that if you don't know, just invest in a target date retirement fund. Is this a good... @theMarket: New Highs Beget New Highs http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3865 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3865 Fri, 03 May 2019 17:00:00 EDT Some people believe we are in a "melt-up." It is where the simple weight of money pouring into the U.S. stock market continues to carry stocks ever higher. Whether that qualifies as an investment thesis, or simply a lame excuse to justify record highs, it matters little to the... The Independent Investor: What You Need to Know (But Don't) About Buying an IPO http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3864 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3864 Thu, 02 May 2019 17:42:00 EDT An initial public offering of a stock, called an IPO, can be either a sucker's game or a chance for instant riches. Determining the outcome requires a great deal of work, knowledge, and luck. Most investors have none of the above when it comes to IPOs.   I want to share with you... The Independent Investor: CBD Is a Real Market http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3861 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3861 Thu, 25 Apr 2019 17:28:00 EDT Cannabidiol is popping up all over the country. Local drug stores, supermarkets and health food shops, among other retailers, can't seem to get enough of this stuff on the shelves. Is this a fad, a fake, or does it have some real health benefits?   It's called CBD, for... @theMarket: Investors Reach for New Highs http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3857 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3857 Fri, 19 Apr 2019 15:10:00 EDT The stock market won't quit. It has been on a tear since the day after Christmas. It feels like it wants to keep climbing. That would be a fairly simple feat at this point, since we are only a percent or so away from regaining those historical highs. What will happen once we get... The Independent Investor: The Cost of Rebuilding God's House http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3856 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3856 Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:04:00 EDT Sometimes a tragedy can bring people together. In the case of the devastating fire that swept Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral, the world wept. But even before the fire was completely extinguished, the business community was already making plans to rebuild the 850-year-old... @theMarket: Earnings Season Cause Markets to Surge http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3855 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3855 Fri, 12 Apr 2019 16:48:00 EDT After a week of low volume consolidation, all three averages broke higher on Friday. The bulls are still in charge and seem determined to push stocks back to their all-time highs.   A trigger could be this year's first quarter earnings season, which is upon us, some of the... The Independent Investor: Retirement Savers Could See Positive News This Year (Maybe) http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3854 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3854 Thu, 11 Apr 2019 15:55:00 EDT In this acrimonious political environment, little in the way of new legislation is expected to pass both chambers of Congress. One exception may be the Secure Act. Last Tuesday, a key House committee unanimously approved the bill, which would greatly enhance some private retirement...