The Retired Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? The Retired Investor/@theMarket Fri, 30 Oct 2020 13:20:47 EDT en-us The Retired Investor: Food Faces Escalating Prices http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4130 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4130 Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:18:00 EDT It has been a long time coming. Commodities have been in the doghouse for years, but a combination of events are conspiring to lift the prices of soft commodities much higher. A definition of soft commodities refers to future contracts of substances that are grown, rather than extracted or... @theMarket: Politicians Play Cat & Mouse With Investors http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4129 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4129 Fri, 23 Oct 2020 19:58:00 EDT It was a week of will they, or won't they. Both parties claimed to want another stimulus deal done before the election, but the proof is in the pudding and as of Friday, the plate is empty.   Investors may be coming to the conclusion that the latest negotiations between... @theMarket: Investors Reduce Risk as Stimulus Talks Fail http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4128 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4128 Fri, 16 Oct 2020 15:27:00 EDT Hope springs eternal, but even the most strident bulls threw in the towel this week. American politics took precedence over the country's economic well-being once again, as both political parties refused to compromise on a stimulus deal.   But it wasn't only politics that... The Retired Investor: China Leads Global Economic Recovery http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4127 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4127 Thu, 15 Oct 2020 16:30:00 EDT There is a saying on Wall Street, "first in, first out," which aptly describes the experience of the world's second-largest economy this year. The coronavirus was spawned in Wuhan, China late last year, but thanks to the country's quick response, China has sprung back stronger... @theMarket: One way or Another, Markets Expect More Stimulus http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4126 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4126 Fri, 09 Oct 2020 19:32:00 EDT As the U.S. presidential elections approach, politics are becoming a bigger factor in what is moving the stock market. Some investors are already betting on the winner, and positioning their portfolios for an expected outcome. It is a risky bet to make.   As of this week, many on... The Retired Investor: U.S. Moves to Nail Down Strategic Metals http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4125 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4125 Thu, 08 Oct 2020 16:03:00 EDT Rare-earth minerals, with names like cerium, dysprosium and gadolinium have become "must have" materials in the global race to win the technology battles of the future. The problem is that throughout the last 30 years China has built a near monopoly in these strategic... The Retired Investor: Halloween Could Be the Holiday Test Case http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4124 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4124 Thu, 01 Oct 2020 16:16:00 EDT As October begins, mountains of candy have become a fixture in every store and supermarket. Halloween is the first in a series of fall into winter holidays. The candy companies are hoping it's going to be business as usual this year, but that depends on who comes to your... @theMarket: Markets Feel the Heat http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4123 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4123 Fri, 25 Sep 2020 16:17:00 EDT First, the good news: there is only one more week until the end of the month. The bad news, however, is that October may not treat investors any better than did September. As my swabbie friends would say, is it time to "batten down the hatches?"   Let me say I take no joy... The Retired Investor: Back to the Future in America's kitchens http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4122 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4122 Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:34:00 EDT Whether it is recipes, groceries, home gardens, grilling, pots and pans or online cooking classes, Americans have rediscovered the kitchen, thanks to COVID-19. Where once an occasional meal at home, or a single-serve dish for the kid's lunch was sufficient, times have changed. Home cooking... @theMarket: Investors Face a Rollercoaster Ride http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4121 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4121 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:56:00 EDT Volatility returned to the stock market this week as the level of uncertainty increased on several fronts. Unfortunately, there won't be any definitive answers to what concerns investors for at least two months.   It is September, after all, and this month is notorious for...