Independent Investor/@theMarket http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick? Independent Investor/@theMarket Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:10:48 EDT en-us The Independent Investor: The Era of U.S. Oil Independence http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3950 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3950 Thu, 19 Sep 2019 17:02:00 EDT Last weekend's surprise drone attack on Saudi Arabia's major oil fields was a disaster, but it could have been worse. Fifty years ago, an attack like that would have sent the world's financial markets into a tailspin and rocked global economies. None of that happened — thanks... @theMarket: Investors Discover Value Stocks http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3949 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3949 Fri, 13 Sep 2019 17:10:00 EDT Value stocks, those equities that have fallen out of favor, have made a comeback this week. These underpriced orphans have become the new darlings of Wall Street, while high-flyers (think software and some tech) have sold off. What does this say about the markets?   The short answer... The Independent Investor: Europe Throws in the Towel http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3948 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3948 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 19:39:00 EDT The European Central Bank (ECB) announced a major new stimulus package on Thursday. A key interest rate was reduced, and a new bond-buying program was announced, amounting to $22 billion per month. In the past, those efforts would have been enough to boost the European economy, but will it be... @theMarket: Markets Break Out of 3-Month Trading Range http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3945 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3945 Fri, 06 Sep 2019 16:09:00 EDT Investors received a bucketful of good news this week. Brexit got a reprieve, Hong Kong authorities caved in to protestors demands, and another round of trade talks is set for October between the U.S. and China. Welcome to September.   As of Friday, the S&P 500 Index was less... The Independent Investor: Business Roundtable's Change of Heart http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3944 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3944 Thu, 05 Sep 2019 17:15:00 EDT Now that the media is on to more interesting topics, the August announcement by the Business Roundtable deserves further examination. Afterall, it is not every day that a group of the nation's most powerful chief executives redefines the goals of American corporations.   The... @theMarket: The Summer of Financial Discontent http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3941 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3941 Fri, 30 Aug 2019 17:13:00 EDT As we close out the summer, investors have had anything but a sleepy three months. The volatility caused by the Fed's actions, Donald Trump's tweets, Brexit, and tariff threats had markets gaining and losing billions — if not trillions — of dollars in assets on a weekly,... The Independent Investor: The Rising Costs of Hurricanes http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3940 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3940 Thu, 29 Aug 2019 16:58:00 EDT Over the last few decades, hurricanes have wreaked havoc on this country. Hurricanes have caused the most deaths, the greatest damage, and cost the most money of any weather or climate-related disasters in U.S. history. Some say we're just getting started when it comes to the intensity and... The Independent Investor: Will We race to the Bottom? http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3927 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3927 Thu, 08 Aug 2019 16:22:00 EDT Financial markets are in turmoil. President Trump's trade war is escalating, and with it, fears that both China and the U.S. will employ a new weapon, currency devaluation, to win the war. Is that a wise move?   The last time the country devalued the dollar outright was on Dec.... @theMarket: Tariff Threat Unsettles Markets http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3929 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3929 Fri, 02 Aug 2019 16:26:00 EDT Donald Trump's announcement on Thursday that an additional 10 percent tariff will be levied on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese exports to the U.S. on September 1 did not sit well with investors. The news could very well trigger the stock market decline that I have been... The Independent Investor: Brexit: The Never-Ending Story http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3925 http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/Bill_Schmick?bid=3925 Thu, 01 Aug 2019 17:06:00 EDT Back in 2018, the government of the United Kingdom and the European Union reached an agreement on exactly how the British exit (Brexit) would occur. Since then, despite countless meetings, discussions and votes, the UK Parliament has failed to approve that process. The new date for an exit is...