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SKARBECK: Alternative investments not worth their high costsRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
When it comes to choosing the products or services offered by the investment industry, the evidence suggests that when investors pay less, they often get more.
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KIM: Buffett to worried CEOs: 'Let us unburden you'Restricted Content

March 16, 2013
Mickey Kim
Veteran investing fans like me eagerly await the release of Warren Buffett’s annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders.
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SKARBECK: Don't get overly excited about new index recordsRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
The frenzy surrounding a new market high tends to raise the blood pressure in investors. It seems to stimulate a feeling that they need to “do something.”
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KIM: Mutual fund choices influenced by conflictsRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Mickey Kim
Have you ever wondered how and why the mutual funds your brokerage firm recommends or those that appear on your 401(k) plan’s menu of investment options were chosen?
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SKARBECK: SEC enforcement powers important but limitedRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
The SEC's reputation had taken a hit when an internal investigation found that senior employees were surfing pornographic websites during the financial crisis.
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KIM: Protect yourself when buying mutual fund sharesRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Mickey Kim
While the concept of a mutual fund is beautiful in its simplicity, actually investing in one can be complicated.
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SKARBECK: Weakening currencies spur economic growth or inflationRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
The value of a currency can be influenced by all sorts of variables—including politics, monetary policy and interest rates.
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KIM: Disciplined approach key to '13 investing successRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Mickey Kim
Investors who heeded FDR’s advice—“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on”—were amply rewarded for staying the course.
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SKARBECK: Now's the time to reflect on investment results, costsRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
With 2012 now in the books, it is a great time to undertake an analysis of your financial results.
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KIM: Look for ways to invest without following the herdRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Mickey Kim
We don’t waste time trying to anticipate events that are uncontrollable. Still, some highly experienced and skilled investors make unconventional predictions I think are worth noting.
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SKARBECK: Value investors tempted by HHGregg valuationsRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
A fascinating case study can be found in the divergent fortunes of locally based HHGregg and Texas-based Conn’s Inc.
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KIM: Turn off TV and heed this timeless investment adviceRestricted Content

January 5, 2013
Mickey Kim
In today’s era of 24/7 media bombardment, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by all the “expert” opinions out there.
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SKARBECK: Investors' dour mindset costing them moneyRestricted Content

December 29, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
Every day, U.S. investors are bombarded with a lack of action from inept politicians who can’t seem to take one positive step toward solving our fiscal crisis.
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KIM: Buffett believes philanthropy is our investment in societyRestricted Content

December 22, 2012
Mickey Kim
In June 2010, Buffett joined Bill and Melinda Gates to announce the Giving Pledge—their effort to persuade the richest Americans to donate at least half their wealth to charity.
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SKARBECK: Even glass-half-empty Grant has positive long-term viewRestricted Content

December 15, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
An Indiana University grad and author of five books, Jim Grant possesses deep knowledge on the role central banks have played throughout history and the cumulative results of their monetary policy decisions.
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KIM: Don't be fooled by 'hot hand' fantasy in hoops or investingRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Mickey Kim
With basketball a metaphor for life for many passionate fans, what lessons hold true both on and off the court?
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SKARBECK: Giant H-P's recent missteps a valuable lesson for us allRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
The Hewlett-Packard saga portrays the huge importance the capital-allocation function plays in deciding ultimate shareholder wealth.
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KIM: Let Indiana help you pay for gift of college educationRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Mickey Kim
If there’s one absolute truth in investing, it’s that there is no such thing as a sure thing. However, for Indiana residents who want to help children, grandchildren or other loved ones save for college, there is the next best thing.
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SKARBECK: Long-term investments make solid tax sheltersRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
This is the season many investors review their year-to-date gains and losses and scan their portfolios for any other year-end tax maneuvers.
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KIM: Consider value proposition of various college choicesRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Mickey Kim
Two-thirds of bachelor’s degree recipients borrow to attend college. The average debt is $26,500, but some is much higher.
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SKARBECK: Use caution with ventures turning to crowd for cashRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
When social media meets finance, society births a technique for small business to raise capital called “crowdfunding.”
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KIM: Election may not sway markets like expectedRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Mickey Kim
With election rhetoric reaching a fever pitch, investors are curious about what an Obama re-election or Romney win will mean for the stock market.
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SKARBECK: Stocks climb as markets look past looming issuesRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
Considering the issues to be faced in just the next few months—a heated election and the fiscal cliff—how in the world can stocks be going up?
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KIM: Disrespecting bull market can be costly to investorsRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Mickey Kim
What a difference a year makes. Last October, we wrote of the U.S. stock market’s dismal third-quarter performance.
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SKARBECK: Debt, deficit need work even if crisis is avertedRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
Just what is this so-called “fiscal cliff” that is regularly injected into discussions as the political season heats up?
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