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SKARBECK: Finding one last lesson in Grace's amazing taleRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
Grace held her investment through many ups and downs in the stock market. But most important to her was that Abbott as a business continued to thrive, despite the swings in its stock price.
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SKARBECK: How Grace stayed patient under pressure to sellRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
When we left, we were trying to imagine a few of the many obstacles Grace might have encountered as her initial investment grew into $7 million over 74 years.
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SKARBECK: Amazing patience paid off for GraceRestricted Content

March 20, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
Back in 1935, she invested $180 in Abbott Laboratories stock and never sold it. This one decision became the entire investment career of Grace Groner.
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SKARBECK: Financial reform should start with derivativesRestricted Content

March 6, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
At the very least, regulators need to get control of derivative trading—transactions need to be more transparent and carried out on an exchange.
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SKARBECK: Economic Greek tragedy could play out globallyRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
Fears that Greece may default on its government debt have kept global markets on edge.
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SKARBECK: Biglari's ambitious, but he's no BuffettRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
While Sardar Biglari's effort to duplicate Warren Buffett is clear, some of the Steak n Shake chief's moves have been superficial.
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SKARBECK: Stocks that pay dividends can provide yield, safetyRestricted Content

January 23, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
These are challenging times for savers who demand a high level of safety from their investments.
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SKARBECK: Looking at stocks, 10 years at a timeRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Ken Skarbeck
During this century's first decade, investors had to cope with the uncertainties surrounding 9/11; huge corporate failures including Enron, Worldcom, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Lehman Brothers; and volatility wrought by both the tech and housing bubbles.
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HICKS: Civic perceptions and economic developmentRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Mike Hicks
There is certainly plenty of anecdotal evidence that what folks believe about a community matters for its economic fortunes.
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SKARBECK: What we need is a tax on stock transactions

December 26, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
The word “tax” tends to immediately raise the blood pressure of most Americans. And while the purpose of most taxes is to raise revenue for the assessing government body, taxes can also be targeted toward changing individual and corporate behavior.
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HICKS: Short-term thinking won't yield long-term payoffsRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Macroeconomic forecasting is a tough â??science.â?? One may have the economy completely right, but that doesnâ??t mean it will make you any money as an investor.
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SKARBECK: Even more investigations increase market cynicismRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
As if Wall Street needs another black eye, an expanding probe into insider trading threatens to elevate public cynicism over whether there’s a level playing field in public markets and raise skepticism about the ability of regulators to police them.
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HICKS: Content expertise best basis for teacher licensingRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Mike Hicks
At a time when we are desperate for science and math teachers, and when several big firms are laying off scientists, we should be jumping at the chance to get them into the classroom.
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SKARBECK: Getting a good price hinges on stock's valueRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Making investment decisions based on where a stock price has been in the past or betting on where it may go in the future is futile and foolish unless the investor has determined the value of the stock.
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SKARBECK: Lenders still not serious about serious reformRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
The early signs point to meek efforts by the Obama administration to address gaping regulatory issues.
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SKARBECK: Market a bright spot amid worrisome economyRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
The financial media have the corks ready to pop as the Dow Jones industrial average re-crosses what pundits claim is the â??psychologically importantâ?? 10,000 level.
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SKARBECK: Trading in failed firms really isn't 'investing'

October 3, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Who is “investing” in these stocks and why? It is safe to say they are not investors who have done the exhaustive work of valuing the assets and liabilities, who then reached a conclusion that they were getting good value for their money.
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SKARBECK: Hedge fund superstars take it on the chin

September 19, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Lauded as "masters of the universe," the star investment managers overseeing the largest hedge funds built huge expectations they couldn't fulfill.
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SKARBECK: Iceland offers case study of economy out of controlRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Nowhere else on the stage of global economics was financial boom and bust more surreally scripted than in the small isolated country of Iceland.
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SKARBECK: For numerous banks, times still troubling

August 24, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Every Friday after the markets have closed, my e-mail starts getting dinged by the FDIC. That is when the government agency publicly announces the names of banks that failed during the past week.
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SKARBECK: Tax-haven crackdown starts getting serious

August 10, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
If you never got around to opening that Swiss bank account, you might want to wait a bit longer—at least until after Sept. 23. That is the date the IRS has set for any tax-evading American to come forward regarding 52,000 accounts held at Swiss banking giant UBS under a Voluntary Disclosure program.
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SKARBECK: Growth of private trading should have us all worriedRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
It is ironic that in the aftermath of the credit crunch, with investors calling for more market transparency from Wall Street, opaque trading markets are thriving.
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INVESTING: High-frequency trading comes under scrutinyRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
A developing case of technology theft has shed light on the proprietary systems Goldman Sachs and other investment firms use to make millions of dollars. A 39-year-old former employee at Goldman has been accused of stealing computer code used in the company’s high-frequency trading system.
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SKARBECK: More reforms sought for target-date fundsRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Target-date mutual funds, a popular investment vehicle in 401(k) plans and college savings plans, have recently come under scrutiny by Congress and regulators. Investors are in an uproar over the recent poor performance of funds nearing their target date.
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SKARBECK: Chrysler deal succeeded thanks to fed interventionRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
In the midst of the U.S. government's plan to fast-track Chrysler through bankruptcy, Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock waged a lonely and unpopular battle.
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