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KIM: Disrespecting bull market can be costly to investorsRestricted Content

October 13, 2012
Mickey Kim
What a difference a year makes. Last October, we wrote of the U.S. stock market’s dismal third-quarter performance.
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SKARBECK: Debt, deficit need work even if crisis is avertedRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
Just what is this so-called “fiscal cliff” that is regularly injected into discussions as the political season heats up?
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KIM: Don't let 'urgent' tasks trump what's truly importantRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Mickey Kim
Deep down, we know we need to make important life decisions, like updating investment portfolios, creating estate plans, or crafting a college savings strategy. All of these are hard work, take time and are nobody’s idea of fun.
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SKARBECK: Use facts, not feelings to choose investmentsRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
Our “big-picture” views can be shaped and influenced by experiences, reading, television and other external media. We can even be persuaded by the opinions of others.
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ALTOM: What employees need to know in today's officeRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Tim Altom
I’m willing to irritate my colleagues in human resources and bet that they aren’t asking all the questions they should ask of candidates.
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KIM: Investors can find treasure in 'discarded' businessesRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Mickey Kim
Our experience has been that corporate restructuring often creates market inefficiencies, allowing us to buy at a significant discount.
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SKARBECK: Are equities really dead? Depends on whom you askRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
References to the infamous 1979 Business Week article “The Death of Equities” have resurfaced in the media.
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KIM: Why the Libor lie matters to the man on the streetRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Mickey Kim
Libor, the London interbank offered rate, certainly sounds like an obscure, technical bit of financial jargon. However, Libor directly affects the pricing of more than $800 trillion in securities and loans.
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SKARBECK: High-quality stocks perform as well as alternative optionsRestricted Content

August 25, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
Most hedge funds have failed to outperform index funds since the credit crisis.
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KIM: Is high-frequency trading 'Knightmare' on Wall Street?Restricted Content

August 18, 2012
Mickey Kim
Much like the fictional Skynet in the “Terminator” movies, firms engaging in “high-frequency trading” have unleashed a torrent of unbridled technological firepower that seems to have overwhelmed its human makers’ ability to control.
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SKARBECK: Does focus on stock prices hurt companies in long run?Restricted Content

August 11, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
A new book, “The Shareholder Value Myth,” by Cornell law professor Lynn Stout, is ruffling feathers in the field of corporate governance.
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KIM: Beware conflicts of interest when seeking financial helpRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Mickey Kim
There is no such thing as unbiased advice, and conflicts of interest are not automatically bad. However, it’s up to you to take steps to protect yourself from becoming “skinned” in this jungle.
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SKARBECK: Summertime is right time to seek investing wisdomRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
The term “dog days” also has found a spot in investors’ lexicon, sometimes describing lackluster stock market behavior during the summer.
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KIM: Have we seen second quarter of 2012 before?Restricted Content

July 21, 2012
Mickey Kim
The U.S. equity market tested the confidence and resolve of investors in the second quarter of 2012.
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SKARBECK: Leadership, not regulation key to changing behaviorRestricted Content

July 14, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
In the midst of hard-core lobbying by the banking industry designed to soften the drive for more stringent financial regulation, some key institutions haven’t exactly covered themselves in glory lately.
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KIM: Compounding, Rule of 72 work for you if you let themRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Mickey Kim
Saving/investing more and earlier is a simplistic strategy, but it requires discipline, patience and hard work.
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SKARBECK: Exchange-traded funds grow as alternative investmentsRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
At the end of 2011, over 1,300 exchange-traded funds held $1.1 trillion in assets, including 22 with more than $10 billion in assets and 157 over $1 billion.
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KIM: When planning finances, balance wants and needsRestricted Content

June 23, 2012
Mickey Kim
I think our educational system needs to do a much better job of equipping students to make wise financial decisions.
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SKARBECK: Merger lawsuits common, but investors seldom benefitRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
The filing of merger lawsuits is so predictable that many acquiring companies factor in class-action legal costs as a form of “transaction tax” to get their deals done.
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KIM: European debt crisis is deja vu all over againRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Mickey Kim
The European debt crisis has reignited and quickly heated to a full boil. Stock markets across the globe have been slammed.
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SKARBECK: Facebook flop casts doubt on remarkable valuationsRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
After a year of escalating hype, Facebook’s May 18 initial public offering failed to come anywhere near Wall Street’s glorified expectations.
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KIM: Talk to your spouse early about money, big issuesRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
Mickey Kim
Do you and your spouse (or significant other) share exactly the same opinion on financial matters, such as spending, saving, borrowing and investing? If so, you’re in a very small minority of couples.
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SKARBECK: Executive pay packages must reflect performanceRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
When it comes to corporate governance, my firm has been roundly critical of the unending escalation in executive compensation.
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KIM: Should investors 'friend' Facebook's massive IPO?Restricted Content

May 12, 2012
Mickey Kim
At the top end of the predicted range of $28 to $35 per share, Facebook would raise up to $13.6 billion and sport a market value just shy of $100 billion.
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SKARBECK: Debt, growth must balance for economies to recoverRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
Countries need to reduce debt by cutting costs and raising revenue, but those actions dampen growth.
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