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SKARBECK: Regulators aren’t so bad, and we really need themRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
while the cost of regulatory compliance can be annoying, they do serve a vital societal function—consumer protection.
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KIM: Contrarian mind-set is key to unearthing opportunitiesRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
For investors, the time to be nervous is when there’s nothing but blue skies on the horizon. The time to be opportunistic is when there’s blood running down the street and the high-paid talking heads are screaming that the sky is falling.
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SKARBECK: Global economy extends beyond usual suspectsRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
the global economy extends to many regions and countries that, while smaller in economic stature, are often overlooked.
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SKARBECK: Getting out of a hole requires digging by allRestricted Content

July 2, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
We live in a fantasy world if everyone thinks we need to cut back on spending unless it affects them.
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SKARBECK: Businessws with 'moats' more likely to succeedRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
In economic terms, consider a business that has a “sustainable competitive advantage” that serves as a moat against the competition. A business that can stave off the competition is likely to produce attractive profits.
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SKARBECK: Lackluster market forecast favors large U.S. stocksRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
One thing that does stand out is that, on balance, these returns are not exactly going to get investors to sit up and get excited.
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SKARBECK: Finding a bright spot in dismal housing newsRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
One analyst even declared that, relative to disposable income, housing is more undervalued than at any time in the last 35 years. So it is an attractive time to buy a house if you plan to be a long-term owner.
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SKARBECK: Debt-ceiling issue has no easy solutionsRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
The public must understand that the arguing in Washington over raising of the debt ceiling is just political posturing.
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SKARBECK: Microsoft stuck in 1990s when acquiring companiesRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Microsoft Corp.’s acquisition of Skype for $8.5 billion, announced May 10, continues a long history of a lack of price discipline in Silicon Valley.
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SKARBECK: Getting a banker's thoughts on financial reform effortsRestricted Content

May 7, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Dimon believes boards and regulators “are more attentive to risk” now—a duty that was sadly trumped by greed and indifference in the years leading up to the credit crisis.
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SKARBECK: Inflation a growing concern beyond the United StatesRestricted Content

April 30, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
when it comes to global inflation, all eyes are on China, where a rapid rise in prices is causing concern.
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SKARBECK: Look beyond gold for inflation hedgesRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
gold has been in a 10-year bull market, so today’s investors aren’t exactly discovering the metal at cheap prices.
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SKARBECK: Inflation worries growing, and for good reasonsRestricted Content

April 16, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
As much as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke would like to think he can pull in the reins at the right moment, the beast of inflation is difficult to control.
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SKARBECK: Fed's monetary policies drag down bond returnsRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Inflation is a sinister sort of tax that confiscates wealth. Bonds will lose value in an inflationary environment as interest rates rise.
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SKARBECK: Japan's rebuilding effort offers bargain opportunitiesRestricted Content

March 19, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Economically, the next couple of quarters will be tough for Japanese citizens. But we wouldn’t bet against their resolve to rebuild their country.
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SKARBECK: Reaching too far for yields may have consequencesRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Investors eager to capture return are frequently attracted to investments that offer high yields. But before leaping into them, they should remember the useful idiom: “There is no free lunch.”
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SKARBECK: If consultants take over, ownership is relinquishedRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Unfortunately, there are numerous examples of mishap when the investment decision-making process is farmed out.
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SKARBECK: Big banks still face issues over soured mortgagesRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
The U.S. banking system continues on its path toward healing—with many thanks to the ongoing generosity of U.S. taxpayers.
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SKARBECK: Deficits turn up pressure on unions, politicians

January 8, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
One sure bet this year is that Americans can expect to see a number of high-profile battles across the country between municipal or state governments and public-employee unions.
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SKARBECK: Regulators and 'experts' failed to stop scammers

December 25, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
Most people find it incomprehensible that there are hundreds of con men around the country who wake up every morning with the objective of looting people who have placed their trust in them.
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SKARBECK: Brokerage soft costs under tighter scrutinyRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
Many investment firms, hedge funds and mutual funds participate in this less-than-desirable industry practice.
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SKARBECK: GM's return to market not your usual IPORestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
This unusual taxpayer-owned IPO did create some interesting conflicts.
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HAUKE: Fed pulling out all stops to keep inflation downRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke wants the entire world to believe that the United States is in a deflationary economic cycle and, therefore, the drastic, insane steps he is taking are justified.
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SKARBECK: Benchmarks helpful, but have their problemsRestricted Content

November 13, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
Benchmarking has exploded with the industry’s propensity to slice and dice and categorize every segment of the overall investment pie.
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SKARBECK: Changes on horizon for mutual fund fees

October 30, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is proposing significant changes to the structure of the annual marketing or distribution fee on mutual funds known as a 12(b)-1 fee.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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