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KIM: Every investor needs an 'overnight test'Restricted Content

February 18, 2012
Mickey Kim
Pretend someone comes in one night and sells all your investments. ... Would you rebuild the same portfolio you had before?
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SKARBECK: Buy-and-hold can still workRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
The investment math of compounding at high rates of return over long periods can lead to astonishing results.
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KIM: Markets start strong in '12, but be ready to 'tie a knot'Restricted Content

February 4, 2012
Mickey Kim
Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said, “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” Investors who heeded that advice during the scary decline last August and September have been rewarded.
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SKARBECK: Regulatory battle brews over adviser standardsRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
A behind-the-scenes battle is being waged over securities regulators’ proposal to hold investment advisers and stockbrokers to the same fiduciary standard—something investors wrongly assume is already the case.
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KIM: Investors should discard herd mentality and go for itRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Mickey Kim
Don’t let conventional decision-making reduce your chances of winning the investment “game.”
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SKARBECK: Big-company stocks did better than small firmsRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Ken Skarbeck
In 2011, large-capitalization, high-quality U.S. stocks significantly outperformed small-company stocks.
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KIM: Predictions often worthless, but take a look at theseRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Mickey Kim
There are some highly experienced and skilled investors who make unconventional predictions I think are worth paying attention to.
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SKARBECK: Despite problems, U.S. still land of opportunityRestricted Content

December 31, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Yes, America struggles with instances of poverty, unemployment and other hardships. But we also have the freedom and the opportunities available to improve our standard of living.
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KIM: Here's timeless advice that will serve you wellRestricted Content

December 24, 2011
Mickey Kim
Every once in a while I come across timeless advice like Davis Advisors’ “The Wisdom of Great Investors: Insights from Some of History’s Greatest Investment Minds.”
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SKARBECK: Hidden 401(k) fees can kill retirement savingsRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
Remarkably, a recent AARP survey found that seven out of 10 participants (employees) incorrectly believe they do not pay any fees for their 401(k) plan.
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KIM: When credit evaporates, cash is king ... so save someRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Mickey Kim
Like many, I eagerly await the publication of Berkshire Hathaway’s annual reports, which always contain timeless lessons from Warren Buffett.
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SKARBECK: Judge says no-fault SEC deal is weak, ineffectiveRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
A federal judge in Manhattan took a stand against lax oversight of the financial industry, rejecting a $285 million settlement between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Citigroup—and setting a July trial date.
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KIM: Even money market funds can be risky for investorsRestricted Content

November 26, 2011
Mickey Kim
Unlike bank deposits or CDs, investments in money market funds are not guaranteed.
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SKARBECK: 'Parity' strategies confuse market volatility with riskRestricted Content

November 19, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
The basic idea behind risk parity is to reduce the weight of stocks and increase the weight of bonds to balance the volatility.
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KIM: Tax credit gives Hoosiers edge in saving for collegeRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Mickey Kim
There may be a $5 or $1,000 bill lying on the sidewalk, but it’s up to you to pick it up.
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SKARBECK: Bankruptcy shows how far financial system has to goRestricted Content

November 5, 2011
Ken Skarbeck
The failure of brokerage MF Global—the eighth-largest bankruptcy in U.S. history—is troubling: It demonstrates that behavior and incentives have not really changed in some corners of our financial system, and that regulators are still behind the curve.
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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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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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