The Retired Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? The Retired Investor/@theMarket Fri, 28 Jan 2022 21:03:12 EST en-us The Retired Investor: Crypto Crashes (Again) http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4242 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4242 Thu, 27 Jan 2022 16:24:00 EST While investors focus on the losses that are piling up in the stock market, the cryptocurrency space has suffered far more. The bears say it has further to go, but that may depend on what happens to stocks.   Bitcoin, the grandaddy of crypto currencies, is trading around $36,900 per... @theMarket: Corporate Guidance Sends Stocks Lower http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4240 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4240 Sat, 22 Jan 2022 13:31:00 EST Across several industries, corporate executives are guiding investor's expectations lower during this fourth-quarter 2021 earnings season. To me, it is just added another nail in the coffin of bullish sentiment.   Pick your poison. The money center banks earnings beat on the... The Retired Investor: A New Female Fed http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4241 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4241 Fri, 21 Jan 2022 15:39:00 EST Just before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President Biden announced three new nominations to the Federal Reserve Bank Board, two of whom are women. If the U.S. Senate approves, women would then account for most of the Federal Reserve Bank's seven-member board.   Lisa Cook and... @theMarket: Beware the Hikes of March http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4239 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4239 Fri, 14 Jan 2022 15:08:00 EST There is a more than an even chance that the Federal Reserve Bank hikes interest rates at least 25 basis points by the end of March 2022. Several analysts expect another three hikes by the end of the year. As an equity investor, this should concern you.   This week, both the... The Retired Investor: No-Shows Threaten Economy http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4238 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4238 Thu, 13 Jan 2022 16:18:00 EST Last week, economists calculated that almost 5 million workers failed to show up at their jobs. Given the present upsurge in cases of the Omnicom variant, that should come as no surprise. However, it clearly has Wall Street economists reducing their estimates of first quarter 2022... @theMarket: Fed Meeting Notes Throw Markets a Curve http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4237 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4237 Fri, 07 Jan 2022 15:11:00 EST Investors were set back on their heels this week after reading the latest member comments from the Federal Open Market Committee's December 2021 meeting. It suggests that the Fed is prepared to tighten far sooner than most expected.   Members seem to say that the Federal reserve... The Retired Investor: My Dog's Medical Bills Are Higher Than Mine http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4236 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4236 Thu, 06 Jan 2022 16:23:00 EST On the surface, it was a good year if you were in the veterinary business. Year-over-year sales grew by 9.1 percent, while patient visits increased by 3 percent. For pet owners, however, not so much.   Owners found that the cost of keeping their pets healthy jumped by about 10... @theMarket: Markets Up on Thin Holiday Trading http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4235 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4235 Fri, 31 Dec 2021 15:15:00 EST The Santa Rally continued this week with the S&P 500 Index hitting a new record high. Most stocks that gained did so on little volume. Don't read too much into this week's gains, however.   There is an old, rarely used term called "painting the tape." It is a... The Retired Investor: Climate Change Is Costing Billions http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4233 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4233 Thu, 30 Dec 2021 16:04:00 EST In 2021, worldwide, the costs of the ten worst disasters caused by climate change totaled more than $170 billion. It was the fourth time in the last five years that we have suffered that level of damages. Scientists expect next year to be even worse.   Insurance companies, like... @theMarket: Markets Are Heading for Trouble http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4234 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4234 Fri, 24 Dec 2021 16:16:00 EST The continuing volatility in the stock market is troubling. It is likely signaling difficult times ahead as early as January or February 2022. As such, it is time to consider risk management.   After over a decade of steadily rising equity prices with few interruptions, investors...