Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Sat, 22 Feb 2020 02:22:18 EST en-us @theMarket: Corvid-19 Impact Coming Home to Roost http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4032 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4032 Fri, 21 Feb 2020 16:11:00 EST It began Sunday night with a warning from one of America's largest icons. Through the week, other companies followed suit, issuing warnings that the China-spawned virus is beginning to impact revenues and profits. Investors are bracing for further announcements in the days... The Independent Investor: Can Politicians' Promises Be Believed? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4031 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4031 Thu, 20 Feb 2020 22:08:00 EST As the 2020 presidential election campaign heats up, so do the promises. Lower taxes for some, higher taxes for others, better health care, higher Social Security payments; whatever it takes to get elected seems to be on the table for now.   But most politician's promises are... The Independent Investor: Economic Inequality Becomes Campaign Issue http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4030 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4030 Thu, 13 Feb 2020 18:32:00 EST As Bernie Sanders takes the lead in the Democratic primary campaign, investors are beginning to take his socialist leanings to heart. But dire warnings from the opposition and Wall Street seem to have little impact. A look at the present income inequality in America goes a long way in explaining... @theMarket: Central Banks Stem Coronavirus Fallout http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4025 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4025 Sat, 08 Feb 2020 11:48:00 EST Financial markets rebounded this week, despite the escalation of the number of coronavirus cases worldwide. The upturn may have surprised some, but their mistake was underestimating the power of central banks to support the markets.   The bear case last Sunday evening was that the... The Independent Investor: The Great Tax Migration http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4026 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4026 Fri, 07 Feb 2020 13:00:00 EST Americans have been moving from high tax states to lower tax states for decades.   Climate, cheaper housing prices, less congestion, and jobs are some of the reasons behind such moves. That trend, however, has added taxes to that list, thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of... @theMarket: Coronavirus Correction http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4022 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4022 Fri, 31 Jan 2020 16:43:00 EST The death toll mounts. The number of cases worldwide builds. Every new update drives the stock market up or down. Where it will end is anyone's guess.   It is called a "geopolitical" event. We suffer through them from time to time. The assassination of Iran's key... The Independent Investor: ESG and the World of Investment http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4020 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4020 Thu, 30 Jan 2020 16:24:00 EST Over the last few years, investments that focus on environmental, social, and governance issues, or ESG, have been confused with socially responsible investing or SRI. There is a big difference between the two investment styles.   The simplest way to understand the differences... @theMarket: FOMO Infects Investors http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4019 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4019 Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:55:00 EST The stock market is frothy. The great gains that investors experienced last year are extending into this year. As the indexes climb, more and more of those on the sidelines are jumping in. Is this a good sign?   No, it isn't. "The Fear of Missing Out," or FOMO is... The Independent Investor: Intellectual Property Has Not Always Been So Important http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4017 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4017 Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:33:00 EST America's intellectual property (IP) is worth more than $6.6 trillion and employs 45 million Americans and hundreds of millions more worldwide. It is estimated that IP-intensive industries account for one-third of the country's total Gross Domestic Product and 52 percent of U.S.... @theMarket: Fed Stimulus Continues to Pump the Markets http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4014 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4014 Fri, 17 Jan 2020 16:59:00 EST When asked, the members of the Federal Reserve Board continue to argue that the almost $500 million they have pumped into the overnight repurchase market since September is not quantitative easing. The stock market disagrees.   "Not QE" is the term most often used by the...