Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Fri, 22 Nov 2019 21:22:26 EST en-us The Independent Investor: Diamonds Should Be at Top of Christmas List http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3984 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3984 Fri, 22 Nov 2019 16:52:00 EST Diamonds for most Americans evoke visions of luxury and romance and are almost always the traditional go-to precious stone for engagement rings. The good news is that no matter how strapped for cash you are, you could probably afford one right now.   Chances are, I don't have to... @theMarket: Record Highs Again & Again http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3981 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3981 Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:41:00 EST It has been one of those weeks where just about every day the stock market opened lower. But by the end of the day, one or more of the three main averages would rebound and close higher, usually close to, or at a minor new high. I expect it should continue.   And as stocks grind... The Independent Investor: Attention Retirees! http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3980 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3980 Thu, 14 Nov 2019 17:10:00 EST It has been more than a year since President Trump admonished the government to strengthen retirement security in America. This week, in response, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a proposal to comply with that executive order. Its suggestions were decidedly... @theMarket: Phase One Deal Keeps Markets Bullish http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3979 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3979 Fri, 08 Nov 2019 16:37:00 EST It was all about the trade deal this week. Both sides seem to want a resolution to the crippling tariffs that have sent the world's economies to the brink of recession. The relief that investors feel is reflected in the new highs we are enjoying at the moment.   I say "at... The Independent Investor: Fringe Benefits Important as Paycheck http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3977 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3977 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 16:31:00 EST Most of us know to the penny how much we made last paycheck, but how many of us know the details of our fringe benefits? Not many, I suspect, and that is a big mistake.   Retirement benefits are available to 77 percent of private industry workers and 91 percent of state and local... @theMarket: Will Record Highs Beget Record Highs? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3976 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3976 Fri, 01 Nov 2019 17:00:00 EDT As third-quarter earnings wind down, the Fed cut interest rates again this week. Since both events seemingly matched investor expectations, what, then, will investors worry about in the coming months?   As predicted, the S&P 500 Index hit a modest new high this week based on the... The Independent Investor: NCAA Up Against Ropes on College Pay for Athletes http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3974 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3974 Thu, 31 Oct 2019 17:08:00 EDT This week the Board of Governors of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) met at Emory University in Atlanta to hear the pros and cons of allowing athletes to accept money for endorsements. It has been a long time coming.   This is an issue that has been around for as... @theMarket: Earnings Give Mixed Signals http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3973 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3973 Fri, 25 Oct 2019 15:57:00 EDT So far, third-quarter earnings results have been all over the place. A mixed bag of beats, in-line numbers, and some big disappointments have kept the stock market treading water.   Companies such as Caterpillar, with large exposure to China, came in with lower than expected... The Independent Investor: Will Trump Ruin Thanksgiving? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3972 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3972 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 17:19:00 EDT Nov. 21 will mark the deadline for the nation's lawmakers to approve a government budget for next year. Given the animosity between the two parties, the present all-encompassing focus directed at an impeachment inquiry, and the rage of many congressmen towards Trump's handling of the... @theMarket: Markets Await a Brexit Vote http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3967 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3967 Sat, 19 Oct 2019 10:56:00 EDT Great Britain's House of Parliament is voting on yet another proposal to exit the European Union this weekend. While Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the President of the European Union, Jean-Claude Juncker, have a tentative agreement, there is no guarantee parliament will vote for...