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SKARBECK: Inflation worries growing, and for good reasonsRestricted Content

April 16, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
As much as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke would like to think he can pull in the reins at the right moment, the beast of inflation is difficult to control.
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SKARBECK: Fed's monetary policies drag down bond returnsRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Inflation is a sinister sort of tax that confiscates wealth. Bonds will lose value in an inflationary environment as interest rates rise.
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SKARBECK: Japan's rebuilding effort offers bargain opportunitiesRestricted Content

March 19, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Economically, the next couple of quarters will be tough for Japanese citizens. But we wouldn’t bet against their resolve to rebuild their country.
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SKARBECK: Reaching too far for yields may have consequencesRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Investors eager to capture return are frequently attracted to investments that offer high yields. But before leaping into them, they should remember the useful idiom: “There is no free lunch.”
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SKARBECK: Get set for a landslide of social media IPOsRestricted Content

February 19, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Social media seems to be the talk (or, um, tweet) of the town these days. While hundreds of millions of people are using these tech media to interact with one another, the question investors are trying to answer is, what are these businesses worth?
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SKARBECK: If consultants take over, ownership is relinquishedRestricted Content

February 5, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Unfortunately, there are numerous examples of mishap when the investment decision-making process is farmed out.
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SKARBECK: Big banks still face issues over soured mortgagesRestricted Content

January 22, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
The U.S. banking system continues on its path toward healing—with many thanks to the ongoing generosity of U.S. taxpayers.
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SKARBECK: Deficits turn up pressure on unions, politicians

January 8, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
One sure bet this year is that Americans can expect to see a number of high-profile battles across the country between municipal or state governments and public-employee unions.
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SKARBECK: Regulators and 'experts' failed to stop scammers

December 25, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
Most people find it incomprehensible that there are hundreds of con men around the country who wake up every morning with the objective of looting people who have placed their trust in them.
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SKARBECK: Brokerage soft costs under tighter scrutinyRestricted Content

December 11, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
Many investment firms, hedge funds and mutual funds participate in this less-than-desirable industry practice.
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SKARBECK: GM's return to market not your usual IPORestricted Content

November 27, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
This unusual taxpayer-owned IPO did create some interesting conflicts.
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HAUKE: Fed pulling out all stops to keep inflation downRestricted Content

November 20, 2010
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke wants the entire world to believe that the United States is in a deflationary economic cycle and, therefore, the drastic, insane steps he is taking are justified.
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SKARBECK: Benchmarks helpful, but have their problemsRestricted Content

November 13, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
Benchmarking has exploded with the industry’s propensity to slice and dice and categorize every segment of the overall investment pie.
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SKARBECK: Changes on horizon for mutual fund fees

October 30, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is proposing significant changes to the structure of the annual marketing or distribution fee on mutual funds known as a 12(b)-1 fee.
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SKARBECK: Biglari's pay plan is raising eyebrowsRestricted Content

October 16, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
Unfortunately, if BH thought it was breaking ground in the field of executive compensation with this plan, it has fallen short.
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SKARBECK: Short sellers maligned, but play a useful roleRestricted Content

October 2, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
True professional short sellers are typically intelligent, above-board investors who often alert the markets and investors to overvalued securities and, in some cases, to fraud.
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SKARBECK: Expect more battles over public pensions

September 18, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
This year, 15 states have enacted legislation to reduce future public pension obligations.
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SKARBECK: Cheerleaders and analysts share optimistic outlooks

September 4, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
A recent report from the consulting and research firm McKinsey & Co. detailed the propensity for investment firm analysts to repeatedly issue excessively optimistic earnings forecasts.
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SKARBECK: Investors may miss mark by switching to bonds

August 21, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
It seems more likely that bond investors today are making the same mistake stock investors made back at the peak of the stock-market bubble.
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SKARBECK: U.S. will someday have to deal with debt

August 7, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
After years of easy borrowing that helped boost economic growth, governments around the globe are dealing with evil twinsâ??high levels of debt and shrinking revenue to repay.
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SKARBECK: Financial overhaul law leaves much uncertaintyRestricted Content

July 24, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
The public, to no surprise, is skeptical that the new regulations will succeed. A Bloomberg poll shows nearly four out of five Americans have little confidence the measures will prevent a crisis.
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SKARBECK: Short-term sizzle can't beat consistencyRestricted Content

July 10, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
To achieve outsized returns, whether in mutual funds or individual stocks, investors must avoid the hype and reliance on past outperformance.
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SKARBECK: Even investment stars have losing periodsRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
Most investors have heard the cautionary statement “past performance is not indicative of future results.” This oft-repeated caveat reveals its truth time and again in the investment industry.
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SKARBECK: Municipal bond defaults might be next crisisRestricted Content

June 12, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
for decades, politicians have regularly boosted public pension benefits to score election gains, while neglecting the long-term costs to municipal budgets. Now the bills are coming due.
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SKARBECK: Why do Fannie, Freddie deserve a free pass?Restricted Content

May 29, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
One crisis that continues to simmer under the public radar is the endless taxpayer support needed to prop up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
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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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