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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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SKARBECK: Getting a banker's thoughts on financial reform effortsRestricted Content

May 7, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Dimon believes boards and regulators “are more attentive to risk” now—a duty that was sadly trumped by greed and indifference in the years leading up to the credit crisis.
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SKARBECK: Inflation a growing concern beyond the United StatesRestricted Content

April 30, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
when it comes to global inflation, all eyes are on China, where a rapid rise in prices is causing concern.
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HICKS: Raising taxes won’t increase federal revenueRestricted Content

April 30, 2011
Mike Hicks
Hauser’s Law, which is really an empirical observation, notes that U.S. income tax revenue has hovered within a percentage point of 19 percent of our total economy for more than 50 years.
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SKARBECK: Look beyond gold for inflation hedgesRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
gold has been in a 10-year bull market, so today’s investors aren’t exactly discovering the metal at cheap prices.
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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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