Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:09:00 EST en-us The Independent Investor: Pay Gap for Women Is Growing http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3790 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3790 Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:22:00 EST If Citigroup, one of the world's largest banks, is any indication, women earn 29 percent less than their male counterparts. It also revealed that only 37 percent of its managerial jobs were held by females.   Wall Street has long been known as "the last bastion" for... @theMarket: Markets Bounce 10 Percent Since Christmas http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3787 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3787 Sat, 12 Jan 2019 10:34:00 EST The stock markets have gained almost one percent per day since the beginning of the year. If you had panicked and sold during the Christmas holidays, you are sitting in cash wondering when to get back in. Here is some advice.   Patience should be at the top of your "to-do"... The Independent Investor: Changes to Social Security and Medicare Benefits http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3785 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3785 Thu, 10 Jan 2019 16:03:00 EST As the year begins, those who are retired, or who plan to soon, need to know the changes the government has recently announced to your benefits.   The good news is that retirees will get a 2.8 percent increase in Social Security payments. While that doesn't sound like much, it... @theMarket: The Trump Dump http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3780 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3780 Sat, 22 Dec 2018 09:52:00 EST The sell-off in stocks has now exceeded the 2016 decline. Investor sentiment is as low as it has been since May of that year. The Fed refuses to save us, and Donald Trump insists on his wall or he will lay off thousands of federal workers. Did I say Merry Christmas?   The reasons... The Independent Investor: The Fed Stands Tall http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3778 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3778 Thu, 20 Dec 2018 18:25:00 EST Sometimes it takes a while, but financial markets almost always test a new incoming Federal Reserve Bank chairman. On Wednesday, Jerome Powell faced his test and passed with flying colors. Of course, a glance at the stock market averages at the end of the day on Wednesday would have the casual... @theMarket: The Market's Winter Storm http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3772 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3772 Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:28:00 EST Stocks worldwide have experienced a downdraft since October. All the gains so painstakingly made thus far in 2018 have been erased. Volatility has battered markets with all the severity of a Nor'easter. Next year may prove to be a continuation of the same.   It is interesting... The Independent Investor: Will Our Country's Military Win the Next War? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3767 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3767 Fri, 07 Dec 2018 10:51:00 EST There was a time, not long ago, when most Americans would answer that question in the affirmative without much thought. It was one of those "truisms" that we didn't give much thought. But today, many experts are debating that answer.   Back in the day, after World War... @theMarket: Markets Hope for Trade Breakthrough http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3765 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3765 Fri, 30 Nov 2018 17:13:00 EST This Saturday evening, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will sit down to dinner in Buenos Aires at the G-20 conference. Investors are holding their breath, hoping that the two might come to some agreement that could lower tensions and avert a full-out trade war between the U.S. and... The Independent Investor: Sustainability Investing and Millennials http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3764 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3764 Thu, 29 Nov 2018 17:10:00 EST The demand for sustainability investments is growing. Companies that offer measurable social and environmental impacts that address issues like world hunger, climate risk, poverty and access to health care, seem like a good investment for those socially-minded. Finding companies that also... @theMarket: It Is a Black Friday on Wall Street http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3762 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3762 Sat, 24 Nov 2018 11:11:00 EST Black Friday sales are in full swing. Normally, today is all about the retail trade. Consumers spend the day waiting in line, picking up heavily discounted "door buster" deals, and generally starting their holiday gift shopping. This year, it appears traders are also holding their own...