The Retired Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? The Retired Investor/@theMarket Tue, 15 Jun 2021 03:32:12 EDT en-us @theMarket: Inflation Is Running 'Hot' http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4185 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4185 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 15:26:00 EDT May's Consumer Price Index (CPI) jumped the most since 2009. That follows a similar gain over the past three months that has brought the total increase to 6.9 percent on an annualized pace.   That is the largest gain in 13 years.   Excluding the notoriously volatile... The Retired Investor: Want equality? Start With Better Jobs http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4184 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4184 Thu, 10 Jun 2021 17:08:00 EDT Jobs. They are the primary focus of the Federal Reserve Bank, the Biden administration, the Republican opposition, and most U.S. corporations. Supposedly, with all this high-powered attention, we still can't find enough workers to fill all the positions available. Has anyone questioned... @theMarket: A Churn at the Top http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4182 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4182 Fri, 04 Jun 2021 16:39:00 EDT It was a sleepy week in the markets for the major averages. Stocks flirted with the old highs, only to fall back by the end of the week. Energy and a few meme stocks occupied most of the attention.   Crude oil spiked higher, nearing almost $70 a barrel (bbl.), pulling energy stocks... The Retired Investor: The Movies Return http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4181 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4181 Thu, 03 Jun 2021 16:47:00 EDT The Memorial Day weekend launched the unofficial beginning of the summer season. Movie theater owners are holding their breath in hopes that consumers, once vaccinated, may start to return to the cinema. Is it a false hope?   Much has been written about the demise of the movie... The Retired Investor: Carbon Market Comes of Age http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4180 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4180 Thu, 27 May 2021 15:41:00 EDT At the beginning of this year, the global price of carbon was $24.05 per ton of CO2. In order to achieve the emissions reduction goals of members of the Paris Agreement, prices need to reach a range of $50-$100 per ton of CO2. That makes buying carbon an attractive investment.   The... The Retired Investor: Gold Regains Its Mojo http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4179 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4179 Thu, 20 May 2021 16:45:00 EDT In inflationary environments, investors historically have hedged their bets by buying gold. However, this time around, the precious metal has languished as investors bought alternative investments. But times are changing.   The primary alternative to buying gold has been... @theMarket: Inflation Fears Weigh on Investors http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4178 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4178 Fri, 14 May 2021 15:13:00 EDT Most stocks took it on the chin earlier this week. Technology shares lead the rout, but it didn't take long before just about everything else followed tech lower. By the end of the week, it was as if nothing had happened. That's called "chop." Get used to it.   The... The Retired Investor: A Labor Shortage Solution http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4177 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4177 Thu, 13 May 2021 16:38:00 EDT The hiring boom that was expected in April 2021 fizzled. Last Friday's nonfarm payrolls report came in at 266,000 jobs gained compared to over a million expected. It was the biggest miss in decades.   Politicians and many corporations were quick to provide a ready scapegoat for... @theMarket: Stocks Make New Highs http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4176 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4176 Fri, 07 May 2021 15:46:00 EDT It has been the best quarterly earnings season in a long time. More than 87 percent of companies that have reported thus far have beat earnings estimates. That is a record and investors celebrated.   Last week, I mentioned that this earnings season has been a classic example of a... The Retired Investor: Are Inflation Fears Real or Imagined? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4175 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=4175 Thu, 06 May 2021 16:09:00 EDT If you have been grocery shopping lately, there is no question that prices and inflation are going higher. The same can be said for the price of a gallon of gas. But is it a transitory event, or are we at the beginning of an inflationary era not seen in decades?   Clearly, commodity...