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SKARBECK: Looking at stocks, 10 years at a timeRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
During this century's first decade, investors had to cope with the uncertainties surrounding 9/11; huge corporate failures including Enron, Worldcom, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Lehman Brothers; and volatility wrought by both the tech and housing bubbles.
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SKARBECK: What we need is a tax on stock transactions

December 26, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
The word “tax” tends to immediately raise the blood pressure of most Americans. And while the purpose of most taxes is to raise revenue for the assessing government body, taxes can also be targeted toward changing individual and corporate behavior.
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HICKS: Short-term thinking won't yield long-term payoffsRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Macroeconomic forecasting is a tough â??science.â?? One may have the economy completely right, but that doesnâ??t mean it will make you any money as an investor.
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SKARBECK: Even more investigations increase market cynicismRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
As if Wall Street needs another black eye, an expanding probe into insider trading threatens to elevate public cynicism over whether there’s a level playing field in public markets and raise skepticism about the ability of regulators to police them.
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SKARBECK: Getting a good price hinges on stock's valueRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Making investment decisions based on where a stock price has been in the past or betting on where it may go in the future is futile and foolish unless the investor has determined the value of the stock.
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SKARBECK: Lenders still not serious about serious reformRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
The early signs point to meek efforts by the Obama administration to address gaping regulatory issues.
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SKARBECK: Market a bright spot amid worrisome economyRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
The financial media have the corks ready to pop as the Dow Jones industrial average re-crosses what pundits claim is the â??psychologically importantâ?? 10,000 level.
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SKARBECK: Trading in failed firms really isn't 'investing'

October 3, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Who is “investing” in these stocks and why? It is safe to say they are not investors who have done the exhaustive work of valuing the assets and liabilities, who then reached a conclusion that they were getting good value for their money.
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SKARBECK: Iceland offers case study of economy out of controlRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Nowhere else on the stage of global economics was financial boom and bust more surreally scripted than in the small isolated country of Iceland.
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SKARBECK: For numerous banks, times still troubling

August 24, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Every Friday after the markets have closed, my e-mail starts getting dinged by the FDIC. That is when the government agency publicly announces the names of banks that failed during the past week.
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SKARBECK: Tax-haven crackdown starts getting serious

August 10, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
If you never got around to opening that Swiss bank account, you might want to wait a bit longer—at least until after Sept. 23. That is the date the IRS has set for any tax-evading American to come forward regarding 52,000 accounts held at Swiss banking giant UBS under a Voluntary Disclosure program.
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SKARBECK: Growth of private trading should have us all worriedRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
It is ironic that in the aftermath of the credit crunch, with investors calling for more market transparency from Wall Street, opaque trading markets are thriving.
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INVESTING: High-frequency trading comes under scrutinyRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
A developing case of technology theft has shed light on the proprietary systems Goldman Sachs and other investment firms use to make millions of dollars. A 39-year-old former employee at Goldman has been accused of stealing computer code used in the company’s high-frequency trading system.
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SKARBECK: More reforms sought for target-date fundsRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Target-date mutual funds, a popular investment vehicle in 401(k) plans and college savings plans, have recently come under scrutiny by Congress and regulators. Investors are in an uproar over the recent poor performance of funds nearing their target date.
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SKARBECK: Chrysler deal succeeded thanks to fed interventionRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
In the midst of the U.S. government's plan to fast-track Chrysler through bankruptcy, Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock waged a lonely and unpopular battle.
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SKARBECK: Are bailouts creating a 'moral hazard'?Restricted Content

June 1, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Will individuals and institutions take excessive risks in the future, operating on the belief that the government will step in to rescue them if they encounter problems?
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Top investment minds weigh in on erratic marketRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
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Data can be deceiving when the economy slowsRestricted Content

May 4, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Investors today are dealing with a variety of calculation problems when attempting to determine if stocks are attractive values. Some of the more common ratios and statistical measures that investors regularly employ to value businesses become skewed in an economic downturn.
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Complex bond schemes haunt Indy, other citiesRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
The city is just beginning to digest the news that came out of left field regarding Indianapolis Water Co.'s bond transaction gone wild.
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Shareholders must hold fiduciaries' feet to the fireRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
The economic downturn has provided shareholders an opportunity to press for change on a variety of corporate governance issues.
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Banking system's history should help ease fearsRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Since people must have confidence in the financial system for it to function properly, it is incumbent upon our leaders to take action and assure the people their money is safe.
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Look beyond emotions when investingRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
As Ben Graham said in his Mr. Market allegory: "The market is there to serve you, not guide you."
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With bear market raging, are stocks priced right?Restricted Content

February 23, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Looking past all the bad news, a forward-thinking investor should be asking: Just how cheap are U.S. stocks?
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Gold has been glittering next to other commoditiesRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
It may be that gold is now beginning to reassert itself into the role it was meant to play for manâ??the only true store of value we have ever known.
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Buy-and-hold a bad tactic in these market conditionsRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
If world leaders don't quickly demonstrate the courage to stop printing money, the long term is shot. And since that courage isn't likely to surface anytime soon, investors should rethink traditional strategies now.
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