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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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KIM: Don't let 'urgent' tasks trump what's truly importantRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Mickey Kim
Deep down, we know we need to make important life decisions, like updating investment portfolios, creating estate plans, or crafting a college savings strategy. All of these are hard work, take time and are nobody’s idea of fun.
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SKARBECK: Use facts, not feelings to choose investmentsRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
Our “big-picture” views can be shaped and influenced by experiences, reading, television and other external media. We can even be persuaded by the opinions of others.
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ALTOM: What employees need to know in today's officeRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Tim Altom
I’m willing to irritate my colleagues in human resources and bet that they aren’t asking all the questions they should ask of candidates.
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KIM: Investors can find treasure in 'discarded' businessesRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Mickey Kim
Our experience has been that corporate restructuring often creates market inefficiencies, allowing us to buy at a significant discount.
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SKARBECK: Are equities really dead? Depends on whom you askRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
References to the infamous 1979 Business Week article “The Death of Equities” have resurfaced in the media.
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KIM: Why the Libor lie matters to the man on the streetRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Mickey Kim
Libor, the London interbank offered rate, certainly sounds like an obscure, technical bit of financial jargon. However, Libor directly affects the pricing of more than $800 trillion in securities and loans.
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  1. I had read earlier this spring that Noodles & Co was going to open in the Fishers Marketplace (which is SR 37 and 131st St, not 141st St, just FYI). Any word on that? Also, do you happen to know what is being built in Carmel at Pennsylvania and Old Meridian? May just be an office building but I'm not sure.

  2. I'm sorry, but you are flat out wrong. There are few tracks in the world with the history of IMS and probably NO OTHER as widely known and recognized. I don't care what you think about the stat of Indy Car racing, these are pretty hard things to dispute.

  3. Also wondering if there is an update on the Brockway Pub-Danny Boy restaurant/taproom that was planned for the village as well?

  4. Why does the majority get to trample on the rights of the minority? You do realize that banning gay marriage does not rid the world of gay people, right? They are still going to be around and they are still going to continue to exist. The best way to get it all out of the spotlight? LEGALIZE IT! If gay marriage is legal, they will get to stop trying to push for it and you will get to stop seeing it all over the news. Why do Christians get to decide what is moral?? Why do you get to push your religion on others? How would legalizing gay marriage expose their lifestyle to your children? By the way, their lifestyle is going to continue whether gay marriage is legalized or not. It's been legal in Canada for quite a while now and they seem to be doing just fine. What about actual rules handed down by God? What about not working on Sundays? What about obeying your parents? What about adultery? These are in the 10 Commandments, the most important of God's rules. Yet they are all perfectly legal. What about divorce? Only God is allowed to dissolve a marriage so why don't you work hard to get divorce banned? Why do you get to pick and choose the parts of the Bible you care about?

  5. Look at the bright side. With the new Lowe's call center, that means 1000 jobs at $10 bucks an hour. IMS has to be drooling over all that disposable income. If those employees can save all their extra money after bills, in five years they can go to the race LIVE. Can you say attendance boost?

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