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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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KIM: Markets start strong in '12, but be ready to 'tie a knot'Restricted Content

February 4, 2012
Mickey Kim
Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said, “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” Investors who heeded that advice during the scary decline last August and September have been rewarded.
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SKARBECK: Regulatory battle brews over adviser standardsRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
A behind-the-scenes battle is being waged over securities regulators’ proposal to hold investment advisers and stockbrokers to the same fiduciary standard—something investors wrongly assume is already the case.
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KIM: Investors should discard herd mentality and go for itRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Mickey Kim
Don’t let conventional decision-making reduce your chances of winning the investment “game.”
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SKARBECK: Big-company stocks did better than small firmsRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
In 2011, large-capitalization, high-quality U.S. stocks significantly outperformed small-company stocks.
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KIM: Predictions often worthless, but take a look at theseRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Mickey Kim
There are some highly experienced and skilled investors who make unconventional predictions I think are worth paying attention to.
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SKARBECK: Despite problems, U.S. still land of opportunityRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Yes, America struggles with instances of poverty, unemployment and other hardships. But we also have the freedom and the opportunities available to improve our standard of living.
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KIM: Here's timeless advice that will serve you wellRestricted Content

December 24, 2011
Mickey Kim
Every once in a while I come across timeless advice like Davis Advisors’ “The Wisdom of Great Investors: Insights from Some of History’s Greatest Investment Minds.”
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SKARBECK: Hidden 401(k) fees can kill retirement savingsRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Remarkably, a recent AARP survey found that seven out of 10 participants (employees) incorrectly believe they do not pay any fees for their 401(k) plan.
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KIM: When credit evaporates, cash is king ... so save someRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Mickey Kim
Like many, I eagerly await the publication of Berkshire Hathaway’s annual reports, which always contain timeless lessons from Warren Buffett.
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SKARBECK: Judge says no-fault SEC deal is weak, ineffectiveRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
A federal judge in Manhattan took a stand against lax oversight of the financial industry, rejecting a $285 million settlement between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Citigroup—and setting a July trial date.
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KIM: Even money market funds can be risky for investorsRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Mickey Kim
Unlike bank deposits or CDs, investments in money market funds are not guaranteed.
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KIM: Tax credit gives Hoosiers edge in saving for collegeRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Mickey Kim
There may be a $5 or $1,000 bill lying on the sidewalk, but it’s up to you to pick it up.
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SKARBECK: Bankruptcy shows how far financial system has to goRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
The failure of brokerage MF Global—the eighth-largest bankruptcy in U.S. history—is troubling: It demonstrates that behavior and incentives have not really changed in some corners of our financial system, and that regulators are still behind the curve.
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KIM: For long-term investment treats, don't be trickedRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Mickey Kim
Don’t let the excitement and envy of somebody else’s hitting an improbable jackpot blind you to the cold, hard, mathematical probabilities of long-term investment success.
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SKARBECK: Recovery will require sacrifices on all frontsRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
While Wall Street bankers are the chosen target of the protesters in New York City’s Zuccotti Park, the breadth of the movement clearly is a sign of citizens’ frustration with the economic and political landscape.
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KIM: Tumble in third quarter spurred by investor panicRestricted Content

October 15, 2011
Mickey Kim
Sentiment has been crushed. Some investors have lost faith, thrown in the towel, and abandoned the stock market.
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SKARBECK: Gain fortitude by knowing what companies you ownRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
It is essential to understand that shares of stock represent the fractional ownership of an operating business.
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SKARBECK: Don't wait for the robins when making investmentsRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
As Warren Buffett counseled in October 2008, “If you wait for the robins, spring will be over.”
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KIM: Think outside the (style) box to improve returnsRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Mickey Kim
The “Morningstar Style Box” was introduced by the Chicago-based research firm in 1992 to help investors and advisers determine the investment style of a fund.
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  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

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