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KIM: For long-term investment treats, don't be trickedRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Mickey Kim
Don’t let the excitement and envy of somebody else’s hitting an improbable jackpot blind you to the cold, hard, mathematical probabilities of long-term investment success.
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SKARBECK: Recovery will require sacrifices on all frontsRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
While Wall Street bankers are the chosen target of the protesters in New York City’s Zuccotti Park, the breadth of the movement clearly is a sign of citizens’ frustration with the economic and political landscape.
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KIM: Tumble in third quarter spurred by investor panicRestricted Content

October 15, 2011
Mickey Kim
Sentiment has been crushed. Some investors have lost faith, thrown in the towel, and abandoned the stock market.
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SKARBECK: Gain fortitude by knowing what companies you ownRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
It is essential to understand that shares of stock represent the fractional ownership of an operating business.
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KIM: The U.S. recession, through the looking glassRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
Mickey Kim
There is an unconventional school of thought that says the recent Great Recession was ... a balance-sheet recession.
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SKARBECK: Don't wait for the robins when making investmentsRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
As Warren Buffett counseled in October 2008, “If you wait for the robins, spring will be over.”
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KIM: Think outside the (style) box to improve returnsRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Mickey Kim
The “Morningstar Style Box” was introduced by the Chicago-based research firm in 1992 to help investors and advisers determine the investment style of a fund.
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SKARBECK: Money-market funds have big risk, little rewardRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
In this environment of near-zero short-term interest rates, money-market fund operators have to work very hard just to earn a few bucks on the substantial sums of money entrusted to them.
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KIM: Predicting market’s swings is both futile and expensiveRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Mickey Kim
Wouldn’t it be nice to be smart enough to sell at the top and nimble enough to buy back in at the bottom?
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SKARBECK: Global investors should heed exchange rate trendsRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Exchange rates are determined, at least in theory, by purchasing power parity.
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KIM: MainSource story shows community banks' volatilityRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
Mickey Kim
First, by and large, community banks did not participate in the activities that led to the financial crisis.
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SKARBECK: Market volatility should be seen as an opportunityRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
To a long-term, value-oriented investor, volatility should be viewed as opportunity. The crazy prices that are occasionally offered up by a roller-coaster market in periods of uncertainty allow for the purchase of undervalued securities.
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KIM: Managers with skin in game most likely to perform wellRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
It seems perfectly logical that you want to invest with a manager or fund where the manager has a significant amount invested alongside you.
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SKARBECK: Regulators aren’t so bad, and we really need themRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
while the cost of regulatory compliance can be annoying, they do serve a vital societal function—consumer protection.
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KIM: Contrarian mind-set is key to unearthing opportunitiesRestricted Content

July 23, 2011
For investors, the time to be nervous is when there’s nothing but blue skies on the horizon. The time to be opportunistic is when there’s blood running down the street and the high-paid talking heads are screaming that the sky is falling.
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SKARBECK: Emerging countries offer high-growth opportunitiesRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Enterprising investors willing to conduct the necessary due diligence may seek to discover high-growth opportunities in emerging-country investments.
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HICKS: Free trade isn't costing Americans jobsRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Mike Hicks
I actually find it astonishing that there are still Americans who devote themselves to opposing free trade on the grounds that it hurts the economy. There is no more easily disproven fiction.
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SKARBECK: Global economy extends beyond usual suspectsRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
the global economy extends to many regions and countries that, while smaller in economic stature, are often overlooked.
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SKARBECK: Businessws with 'moats' more likely to succeedRestricted Content

June 25, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
In economic terms, consider a business that has a “sustainable competitive advantage” that serves as a moat against the competition. A business that can stave off the competition is likely to produce attractive profits.
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SKARBECK: Latest investment tool to tame risk is no panaceaRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
The idea behind tail-risk hedging is to provide protection to a portfolio against a disastrous event that would wreak havoc on the markets—a so-called “black swan” event made famous by Nassim Taleb’s book “The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable.”
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SKARBECK: Lackluster market forecast favors large U.S. stocksRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
One thing that does stand out is that, on balance, these returns are not exactly going to get investors to sit up and get excited.
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SKARBECK: Finding a bright spot in dismal housing newsRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
One analyst even declared that, relative to disposable income, housing is more undervalued than at any time in the last 35 years. So it is an attractive time to buy a house if you plan to be a long-term owner.
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SKARBECK: Debt-ceiling issue has no easy solutionsRestricted Content

May 28, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
The public must understand that the arguing in Washington over raising of the debt ceiling is just political posturing.
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SKARBECK: Simple investing strategies no match for 'infrastructure'Restricted Content

May 21, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
What some call the ”institutional imperative” is deeply engrained, and returning to a simpler investment strategy would put a large part of the infrastructure out of business.
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SKARBECK: Microsoft stuck in 1990s when acquiring companiesRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Microsoft Corp.’s acquisition of Skype for $8.5 billion, announced May 10, continues a long history of a lack of price discipline in Silicon Valley.
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