Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Sun, 31 May 2020 10:03:11 EDT en-us The Independent Investor: The Culling of America http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4075 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4075 Thu, 28 May 2020 16:45:00 EDT As the death toll attributed to the coronavirus breached 100,000 in the Unites States this week, among the hardest hit Americans are those in the elderly population. The numbers simply illustrate what we all know. Eighty percent of the known fatalities were at least 65 years old. As such, the... @theMarket: Memorial Day Markets http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4072 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4072 Fri, 22 May 2020 15:48:00 EDT As we begin the Memorial Day weekend that usually launches the nation's summer season, investors are anxious to discover if Americans will ignore CDC warnings, and go back to their old ways of celebrating the holiday. And if they do, will new cases of COVID-19 spike?   The... The Independent Investor: Chinese Checkers http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4071 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4071 Thu, 21 May 2020 17:15:00 EDT If you are wondering why China is suddenly back in the news on various political and economic fronts, look no further than the November elections. America needs a scapegoat for all the pain and suffering we have endured during this pandemic. The world's second-largest economy is an easy... @theMarket: Something Off in Bond Versus Stock Market Outlooks http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4070 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4070 Fri, 15 May 2020 17:34:00 EDT Given the recent gains in the stock market over the last month or so, it is clear that stock market participants believe that the country will be back on its feet in no time. Over in the fixed income space, it is another story entirely. The question is which market will be... The Independent Investor: Gold, the Bug, and You http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4068 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4068 Thu, 14 May 2020 17:38:00 EDT If there was ever a time to flee to safety, the Pandemic of 2020 is a great excuse. Stocks tumbled, bounced back, tumbled again. The bond and credit markets have been in disarray. Yet, few have even mentioned the precious metals market as a place to be.   Even writing about gold in... @theMarket: The Stock Market Is Not the Economy http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4064 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4064 Fri, 08 May 2020 16:34:00 EDT If ever one needed an example of the above saying, today's market would prove that point. Friday's unemployment figure for the month of April revealed that 20.3 million Americans are out of work, bringing the unemployment rate to 14.7 percent. The stock market gained more than one... The Independent Investor: Workers face a serious dilemma http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4062 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4062 Thu, 07 May 2020 19:01:00 EDT During the last week or two, the federal government has done an about face concerning the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. From the nightly exhortations to social distance, work at home, and expect more deaths, the message has now switched to go back to work, re-open the economy and,... @theMarket: Earnings Fail to Support Stock Market http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4063 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4063 Fri, 01 May 2020 16:14:00 EDT Despite the expectation that earnings this quarter and next were going to be a disappointment, stocks have been gaining. That is because results have not been as low as some analysts have projected. However, when is better than bad not good enough for investors?   It appears we have... The Independent Investor: If You Are Laid Off, Read This http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4059 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4059 Thu, 30 Apr 2020 18:39:00 EDT As of the end of April, more than 30 million Americans have joined the ranks of the unemployed. Companies have closed, while the pandemic has forced many employees to remain at home. If you are one of the jobless victims of this pandemic, here is some advice on your next steps you might... @theMarket: Economy Craters as America Attempts to Reopen http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4057 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4057 Fri, 24 Apr 2020 15:55:00 EDT As the economic and unemployment numbers reveal the devastating impact of the coronavirus, a struggle has developed between those who want to reopen the economy now, and others who fear the consequences of doing so. Is it truly a trade-off between economic life and additional...