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SKARBECK: High-quality stocks perform as well as alternative optionsRestricted Content

August 25, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
Most hedge funds have failed to outperform index funds since the credit crisis.
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KIM: Is high-frequency trading 'Knightmare' on Wall Street?Restricted Content

August 18, 2012
Mickey Kim
Much like the fictional Skynet in the “Terminator” movies, firms engaging in “high-frequency trading” have unleashed a torrent of unbridled technological firepower that seems to have overwhelmed its human makers’ ability to control.
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SKARBECK: Does focus on stock prices hurt companies in long run?Restricted Content

August 11, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
A new book, “The Shareholder Value Myth,” by Cornell law professor Lynn Stout, is ruffling feathers in the field of corporate governance.
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SKARBECK: Summertime is right time to seek investing wisdomRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
The term “dog days” also has found a spot in investors’ lexicon, sometimes describing lackluster stock market behavior during the summer.
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KIM: Have we seen second quarter of 2012 before?Restricted Content

July 21, 2012
Mickey Kim
The U.S. equity market tested the confidence and resolve of investors in the second quarter of 2012.
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SKARBECK: Leadership, not regulation key to changing behaviorRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
In the midst of hard-core lobbying by the banking industry designed to soften the drive for more stringent financial regulation, some key institutions haven’t exactly covered themselves in glory lately.
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KIM: Compounding, Rule of 72 work for you if you let themRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Mickey Kim
Saving/investing more and earlier is a simplistic strategy, but it requires discipline, patience and hard work.
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SKARBECK: Exchange-traded funds grow as alternative investmentsRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
At the end of 2011, over 1,300 exchange-traded funds held $1.1 trillion in assets, including 22 with more than $10 billion in assets and 157 over $1 billion.
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KIM: When planning finances, balance wants and needsRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
Mickey Kim
I think our educational system needs to do a much better job of equipping students to make wise financial decisions.
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KIM: European debt crisis is deja vu all over againRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Mickey Kim
The European debt crisis has reignited and quickly heated to a full boil. Stock markets across the globe have been slammed.
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SKARBECK: Facebook flop casts doubt on remarkable valuationsRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
After a year of escalating hype, Facebook’s May 18 initial public offering failed to come anywhere near Wall Street’s glorified expectations.
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KIM: Talk to your spouse early about money, big issuesRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
Mickey Kim
Do you and your spouse (or significant other) share exactly the same opinion on financial matters, such as spending, saving, borrowing and investing? If so, you’re in a very small minority of couples.
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SKARBECK: Executive pay packages must reflect performanceRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
When it comes to corporate governance, my firm has been roundly critical of the unending escalation in executive compensation.
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KIM: Should investors 'friend' Facebook's massive IPO?Restricted Content

May 12, 2012
Mickey Kim
At the top end of the predicted range of $28 to $35 per share, Facebook would raise up to $13.6 billion and sport a market value just shy of $100 billion.
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SKARBECK: Debt, growth must balance for economies to recoverRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
Countries need to reduce debt by cutting costs and raising revenue, but those actions dampen growth.
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KIM: Is Apple trading at $600 investor iNsanity?Restricted Content

April 27, 2012
Mickey Kim
At a recent price of $600 per share, Apple boasts a market value just shy of $560 billion, making it by far the most valuable company on the planet.
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SKARBECK: Investors, boards at odds over executive pay, powerRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
Perhaps now we will see more shareholders oppose excessive pay, putting more pressure on corporate boards to come up with reasonable compensation plans.
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KIM: Don't let your fear, greed push you to 'behavior gap'Restricted Content

April 14, 2012
Mickey Kim
While we clearly can’t control the economy or the markets, our behavior is up to us.
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SKARBECK: Exchange's bizarre IPO triggers securities probeRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
Securities regulators are looking into several issues raised in the aftermath of the failed initial public offering of BATS Global Markets on March 23.
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SKARBECK: Observers cry foul over pension fund proposalRestricted Content

March 24, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
The legislation would change the formula used to calculate pension costs and effectively allow companies to lower their annual contributions.
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KIM: Is No. 1 NFL draft pick a franchise fix or fool's gold?Restricted Content

March 17, 2012
Mickey Kim
"Scorecasting" authors say teams consistently place excessive value on high draft picks and routinely overpay, in terms of current and future picks, to move up the draft order.
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SKARBECK: Go all-in on stocks to avoid bond risksRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
The symbolic pie charts marketed to investors with multiple colored slices—each representing the percentage investors need in all the various categories of stocks, bonds, commodities, real estate and alternative investments—had suddenly turned into one solid color.
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SKARBECK: Big investment scores few and far betweenRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
The dream for many investors is to buy a stock that hits the home run—a desire for the lucrative multi-bagger (insert five, 10 or your pick in place of “multi”.)
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KIM: Every investor needs an 'overnight test'Restricted Content

February 18, 2012
Mickey Kim
Pretend someone comes in one night and sells all your investments. ... Would you rebuild the same portfolio you had before?
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SKARBECK: Buy-and-hold can still workRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
The investment math of compounding at high rates of return over long periods can lead to astonishing results.
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