Investing Column

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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Today isn't a good time to forgo diversificationRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Diversification, one of the most revered investment principles, has failed to protect investors during the current market storm. Securities markets around the world succumbed to the vicious bear market that wreaked havoc on portfolios during the fourth quarter of 2008.
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Madoff's ruthless scheme a black eye for professionRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
After an extended investment boom, it isn't uncommon to discover during the following bust that a few spectacular frauds were perpetrated.
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Time to close book on '08, and not a moment too soonRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Ken Skarbeck
For investors across the globe, most would agree that 2008 was an annus horribilis. Anyone with a vague recall of Latin will arrive at the translation of "horrible year."
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Weird yields for Treasuries evidence of investor angstRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
Ken Skarbeck
A large number of investors are so fearful these days that they have flocked to the safest securities, pushing down interest rates to virtually nothing.
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Market plunge makes investments in good firms a bargainRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Ken Skarbeck
The stock market rout that began in September and picked up steam in October has taken some quality companies to prices that are the cheapest they have been in decades.
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Plan trustees under increasing scrutinyRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Steve Wylam
Times have changed and now plan trustees must ask themselves, "Am I wiling to take the chair" and defend my actions, or lack thereof, in a court of law?
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