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Skarbeck: Decline in listed stocks not likely to continueRestricted Content

January 25, 2014
Ken Skarbeck
The number of traded stocks has been shrinking, but as both the economy and stock market continue to recover, private equity firms will seek to list their holdings as IPOs and the number of publicly traded stocks may once again expand.
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Kim: Investors need not accept mediocrity of index fundsRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
Mickey Kim
We’re old school investment managers and think having the objective of underperforming the market by a little bit is the very definition of mediocrity. We reject the notion it’s foolish to even try to outperform.
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Skarbeck: Next wave of regulators needs to keep reformingRestricted Content

January 11, 2014
Ken Skarbeck
Since last year, there have been several personnel changes in key financial and regulatory positions in the federal government.
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Kim: ‘David and Goliath’ offers lessons for business, life          

January 4, 2014
Mickey Kim
At some point, you’re likely to face a competitor with vastly superior size, strength and resources. You’re the underdog, but if you’re willing to wage an unconventional battle, outwork your opponent and don’t fear social disapproval, victory can be yours.
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Skarbeck: Market has way of looking beyond today's headlinesRestricted Content

December 28, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
The stock market has a remarkably perceptive ability to see past inconsequential issues that sometimes dominate the investment environment and instead peer ahead into the future.
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KIM: New financial bet involves tickets to Super BowlRestricted Content

December 21, 2013
Mickey Kim
Do you think the Indianapolis Colts will play in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2? Would you love to join them, but don’t want to shell out thousands of dollars and multiples of face value on StubHub? You can purchase an option granting you the right to purchase a ticket to the Super Bowl at face value, if the Colts qualify.
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Skarbeck: There are no substitutes for buying assets cheaplyRestricted Content

December 14, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
The recent white paper issued by investment firm GMO’s James Montier ridicules some of the “innovations” that are popular in the investment field. His criticism addresses concepts like smart beta, risk parity, and real asset inflation hedges.
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Kim: Investors must sidestep unnecessary fund taxesRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
Mickey Kim
Mutual funds must conform to U.S. tax law to maintain their status, making this a tricky time of year for fund investors holding their shares in taxable accounts (i.e., not in 401(k) or IRA accounts).
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Skarbeck: Stocks still the best bet among investor choices

November 30, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
Many observers are raising warning flags that stocks are overvalued, and some even say a market bubble is forming. A review of the evidence, in our opinion, doesn’t support their alarm.
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Kim: Save your riskiest bets for play-money portfolio

November 23, 2013
Mickey Kim
Having a small “play money” portfolio can help fulfill your fantasy of making a quick killing without endangering your retirement funds.
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Skarbeck: Controversy dogs some public-pension programsRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
Heated talks are taking place in public-pension boardrooms across the country over issues like risk levels of investments and fees paid to fund managers.
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Kim: Give gifts toward college rather than an Xbox OneRestricted Content

November 9, 2013
Mickey Kim
An Indiana CollegeChoice 529 plan account is a gift that will last a lifetime, and, if you’re an Indiana resident, the state will pick up 20 percent of the cost.
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Skarbeck: Use these financial tables to figure retirement goalsRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
There are two key financial tables that can help you plan for retirement. They can be found on the Internet. With them you can input two simple factors—period invested and interest rate earned—and quickly see how your net worth is affected.
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Kim: Our failures pave way for a lifetime of successRestricted Content

October 26, 2013
Mickey Kim
Successful people's paths are often littered with failures. It isn't that they are immune to failure; it is how they react to and apply the lessons learned from their failures that ultimately leads to their success.
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Skarbeck: Firms with high ratios could take a tumbleRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
On occasion, it is interesting to study the stocks of businesses that are outliers on the bell curve of business valuation. For a value investor, that means looking at stocks selling at huge multiples above traditional valuation yardsticks.
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Kim: Rising confidence should lift stocks and economyRestricted Content

October 12, 2013
Mickey Kim
The primary impact of confidence on the economy is simple. If people think the economic future will be good, they’ll spend and invest. Thus, things will be good.
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Skarbeck: SEC turns up spotlight on pay for top brassRestricted Content

October 5, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed a rule that would require large public companies to disclose the total annual compensation of their CEO, the median annual compensation of all their employees (excluding the CEO), and the ratio between these two figures.
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Kim: Twitter using JOBS Act to alter IPO playbookRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
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SKARBECK: Rising interest rates not always badRestricted Content

September 21, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
Some market constituents benefit from higher rates. For example, payers of fixed cash flows—the consumer who locked in a loan at a lower fixed-rate, companies that issued bonds at lower rates and insurers that pay annuitants fixed rates.
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KIM: Fraudsters want to steal from your self-directed IRARestricted Content

September 14, 2013
Mickey Kim
Custodians of self-directed IRAs will permit a broader universe of investments, such as real estate and unregistered securities. Because it is unlikely the custodian will investigate whether the unregistered security or promoter are legitimate, you can see why fraud promoters love self-directed IRAs.
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Skarbeck: Views abound on how to structure portfoliosRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
There are many approaches and differing opinions on the best way to manage your portfolio. The conclusion comes down to which style or philosophy leaves you feeling the most comfortable while you fully understand the cost, risks and potential performance of that strategy.
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Kim: Steer clear of leveraged exchange-traded fundsRestricted Content

August 31, 2013
Mickey Kim
If you are confident the S&P 500 will be 20 percent higher a year from now, you might think an exchange-traded fund (ETF) whose objective is to provide two times or even three times the return of the S&P 500 would be just the ticket to earn 40 percent (two times) or 60 percent (three times). You couldn’t be more wrong.
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Skarbeck: Smart capital allocation by CEO can swell returns

August 24, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
The masterful allocation of a company’s cash flow, over long periods, is the single greatest determinant of shareholder value for an investor. This is the conclusion in the 2012 book “The Outsiders” by William Thorndike.
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Kim: 'Golf as a Metaphor for Investing ... and Life'Restricted Content

August 17, 2013
Mickey Kim
As summer and the golf season fade, this is a good opportunity to reflect and see if there are lessons from the game applicable to other areas of life, like investing.
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Skarbeck: Sale of Washington Post reflects new world orderRestricted Content

August 10, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
The sale price of The Washington Post Co. exposes just how far the industry has sunk. In the first half of this year, the iconic newspaper's operations generated $138.4 million in revenue and lost nearly $50 million ($40 million of which was a non-cash pension expense).
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  1. If what you stated is true, then this article is entirely inaccurate. "State sells bonds" is same as "State borrows money". Supposedly the company will "pay for them". But since we are paying the company, we are still paying for this road with borrowed money, even though the state has $2 billion in the bank.

  2. Andrew hit the nail on the head. AMTRAK provides terrible service and that is why the state has found a contractor to improve the service. More trips, on-time performance, better times, cleanliness and adequate or better restrooms. WI-FI and food service will also be provided. Transit from outlying areas will also be provided. I wouldn't take it the way it is but with the above services and marketing of the service,ridership will improve and more folks will explore Indy and may even want to move here.

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  4. Fox has comments from several people that seem to have some inside information. I would refer to their website. Changed my whole opionion of this story.

  5. This place is great! I'm piggy backing and saying the Cobb salad is great. But the ribs are awesome. $6.49 for ribs and 2 sides?! They're delicious. If you work downtown, head over there.

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