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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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Kim: New graduates shouldn't repeat these mistakesRestricted Content

August 3, 2013
Mickey Kim
A college education is one of life’s most important and costly investments. But what should college graduates do after they’ve earned their diploma to protect and enhance their return on this monumental investment?
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Skarbeck: Bankruptcy sends Detroit into uncharted watersRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
The legal playbook for a large municipal Chapter 9 bankruptcy is largely undeveloped. Thus, the Detroit saga will establish new ground in the field of municipal bankruptcy.
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Kim: Investors should embrace, not fear, easing of stimulusRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
Mickey Kim
If you were a Martian who just landed on Earth, you would be hard-pressed to tell from recent alarmist headlines that U.S. stocks had posted their best first half since 1999 and that most economic indicators were also improving.
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Skarbeck: Weak results take glow off 'risk parity' strategyRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
The popular institutional investment strategy called “risk parity” has produced dreadful investment results this year.
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Kim: Bill Gates' favorite teacher can help your child--for freeRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
Mickey Kim
Wouldn’t it be great if there were an online platform offering an easy and engaging way to sharpen skills and improve knowledge so your student can hit the ground running when school starts? Khan Academy fits the bill.
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Skarbeck: Heavyweights foresee retirement train wreckRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
Two investment industry titans are on a crusade to call attention to the crisis in America’s retirement savings system.
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Kim: Riskiness of bonds takes center stage for investorsRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Mickey Kim
Many investors are unaware of the significant risk that seemingly “safe” bonds pose to their portfolios.
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Skarbeck: Skyrocketing student debt looms large over economyRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
Student loan debt has increased at a 14-percent annual rate since 2005 and now totals more than $1 trillion—more than credit card and auto loan debt.
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Kim: How studying goalkeeping can improve your investingRestricted Content

June 8, 2013
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Skarbeck: IPO of N.Y. skyscraper is a real landmark dealRestricted Content

June 1, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
Investors soon will have the opportunity to own a piece of an American landmark. The Empire State Realty Trust, whose signature property is the Empire State building, will offer shares to the public.
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Kim: What investors should learn from Facebook's IPO fiascoRestricted Content

May 25, 2013
Mickey Kim
Facebook’s initial public offering on May 17, 2012, was the most highly anticipated IPO since Google’s in 2004. As we know now, Facebook’s $38-a-share IPO turned out to be a fiasco from the moment NASDAQ catastrophically botched the opening of trading.
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Skarbeck: Financial markets brace for era of social mediaRestricted Content

May 18, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
Two recent episodes have regulators scrutinizing the role social media plays in the investment markets.
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Kim: Twitter-fueled mayhem should worry investorsRestricted Content

May 11, 2013
Mickey Kim
I’m old school when it comes to investing, so it baffles me that some professionals consider a tweet important to the investment decision-making process. But those 140 characters can do real damage when improperly used.
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Skarbeck: Research error reignites stimulus vs. debt debateRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
Economic and political spheres are abuzz with the recent discovery of a mathematical error made by Harvard professors Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff in their seminal analysis of debt-laden economies.
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Kim: Does the collapse of gold mark the end of an era?Restricted Content

April 27, 2013
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Skarbeck: Mutual funds' rate of return paints misleading pictureRestricted Content

April 20, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
The calendar can provide the investment industry the sleight of hand needed to grab investors’ attention when advertising investment performance.
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Kim: Investors must steer clear of the narcissistic CEORestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Mickey Kim
A number of academic studies have concluded narcissistic CEOs make poor choices that can cause the company and your investment to perish.
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Skarbeck: Stockman 'rant' draws welcomed responsesRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
A lengthy New York Times opinion piece by David Stockman has set off a firestorm of response from a variety of sources who editorialize about stock markets and politics.
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KIM: Discipline in the short term required for long-term gainRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Mickey Kim
Investors fret about the stock market. The market has more than doubled from its low four years ago. Am I too late? There is still so much uncertainty, here and abroad. Are stocks too risky?
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SKARBECK: Alternative investments not worth their high costsRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
When it comes to choosing the products or services offered by the investment industry, the evidence suggests that when investors pay less, they often get more.
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KIM: Buffett to worried CEOs: 'Let us unburden you'Restricted Content

March 16, 2013
Mickey Kim
Veteran investing fans like me eagerly await the release of Warren Buffett’s annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders.
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SKARBECK: Don't get overly excited about new index recordsRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Ken Skarbeck
The frenzy surrounding a new market high tends to raise the blood pressure in investors. It seems to stimulate a feeling that they need to “do something.”
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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