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Skarbeck: SEC turns up spotlight on pay for top brassRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed a rule that would require large public companies to disclose the total annual compensation of their CEO, the median annual compensation of all their employees (excluding the CEO), and the ratio between these two figures.
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Kim: Twitter using JOBS Act to alter IPO playbookRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
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SKARBECK: Rising interest rates not always badRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
Some market constituents benefit from higher rates. For example, payers of fixed cash flows—the consumer who locked in a loan at a lower fixed-rate, companies that issued bonds at lower rates and insurers that pay annuitants fixed rates.
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KIM: Fraudsters want to steal from your self-directed IRARestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Mickey Kim
Custodians of self-directed IRAs will permit a broader universe of investments, such as real estate and unregistered securities. Because it is unlikely the custodian will investigate whether the unregistered security or promoter are legitimate, you can see why fraud promoters love self-directed IRAs.
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Skarbeck: Views abound on how to structure portfoliosRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
There are many approaches and differing opinions on the best way to manage your portfolio. The conclusion comes down to which style or philosophy leaves you feeling the most comfortable while you fully understand the cost, risks and potential performance of that strategy.
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Kim: Steer clear of leveraged exchange-traded fundsRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Mickey Kim
If you are confident the S&P 500 will be 20 percent higher a year from now, you might think an exchange-traded fund (ETF) whose objective is to provide two times or even three times the return of the S&P 500 would be just the ticket to earn 40 percent (two times) or 60 percent (three times). You couldn’t be more wrong.
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Skarbeck: Smart capital allocation by CEO can swell returns

August 24, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
The masterful allocation of a company’s cash flow, over long periods, is the single greatest determinant of shareholder value for an investor. This is the conclusion in the 2012 book “The Outsiders” by William Thorndike.
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Kim: 'Golf as a Metaphor for Investing ... and Life'Restricted Content

August 17, 2013
Mickey Kim
As summer and the golf season fade, this is a good opportunity to reflect and see if there are lessons from the game applicable to other areas of life, like investing.
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Skarbeck: Sale of Washington Post reflects new world orderRestricted Content

August 10, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
The sale price of The Washington Post Co. exposes just how far the industry has sunk. In the first half of this year, the iconic newspaper's operations generated $138.4 million in revenue and lost nearly $50 million ($40 million of which was a non-cash pension expense).
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Kim: New graduates shouldn't repeat these mistakesRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Mickey Kim
A college education is one of life’s most important and costly investments. But what should college graduates do after they’ve earned their diploma to protect and enhance their return on this monumental investment?
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Skarbeck: Bankruptcy sends Detroit into uncharted watersRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
The legal playbook for a large municipal Chapter 9 bankruptcy is largely undeveloped. Thus, the Detroit saga will establish new ground in the field of municipal bankruptcy.
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Kim: Investors should embrace, not fear, easing of stimulusRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
Mickey Kim
If you were a Martian who just landed on Earth, you would be hard-pressed to tell from recent alarmist headlines that U.S. stocks had posted their best first half since 1999 and that most economic indicators were also improving.
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Skarbeck: Weak results take glow off 'risk parity' strategyRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
The popular institutional investment strategy called “risk parity” has produced dreadful investment results this year.
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Kim: Bill Gates' favorite teacher can help your child--for freeRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
Mickey Kim
Wouldn’t it be great if there were an online platform offering an easy and engaging way to sharpen skills and improve knowledge so your student can hit the ground running when school starts? Khan Academy fits the bill.
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Skarbeck: Heavyweights foresee retirement train wreckRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
Two investment industry titans are on a crusade to call attention to the crisis in America’s retirement savings system.
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Kim: Riskiness of bonds takes center stage for investorsRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Mickey Kim
Many investors are unaware of the significant risk that seemingly “safe” bonds pose to their portfolios.
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Skarbeck: Skyrocketing student debt looms large over economyRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
Student loan debt has increased at a 14-percent annual rate since 2005 and now totals more than $1 trillion—more than credit card and auto loan debt.
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Kim: How studying goalkeeping can improve your investingRestricted Content

June 8, 2013
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Skarbeck: IPO of N.Y. skyscraper is a real landmark dealRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
Investors soon will have the opportunity to own a piece of an American landmark. The Empire State Realty Trust, whose signature property is the Empire State building, will offer shares to the public.
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Kim: What investors should learn from Facebook's IPO fiascoRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
Mickey Kim
Facebook’s initial public offering on May 17, 2012, was the most highly anticipated IPO since Google’s in 2004. As we know now, Facebook’s $38-a-share IPO turned out to be a fiasco from the moment NASDAQ catastrophically botched the opening of trading.
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Skarbeck: Financial markets brace for era of social mediaRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
Two recent episodes have regulators scrutinizing the role social media plays in the investment markets.
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Kim: Twitter-fueled mayhem should worry investorsRestricted Content

May 11, 2013
Mickey Kim
I’m old school when it comes to investing, so it baffles me that some professionals consider a tweet important to the investment decision-making process. But those 140 characters can do real damage when improperly used.
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Skarbeck: Research error reignites stimulus vs. debt debateRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
Economic and political spheres are abuzz with the recent discovery of a mathematical error made by Harvard professors Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff in their seminal analysis of debt-laden economies.
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Kim: Does the collapse of gold mark the end of an era?Restricted Content

April 27, 2013
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Skarbeck: Mutual funds' rate of return paints misleading pictureRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
The calendar can provide the investment industry the sleight of hand needed to grab investors’ attention when advertising investment performance.
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