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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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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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  4. As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss is build quality & price. First none of these places is worth $1100 for a one bedroom. Downtown Carmel or Keystone at the Crossing in Indy. It doesn't matter. All require you to get in your car to get just about anywhere you need to go. I'm in one of the Carmel apartments now where after just 2.5 short years one of the kitchen cabinet doors is crooked and lawn and property maintenance seems to be lacking my old Indianapolis apartment which cost $300 less. This is one of the new star apartments. As they keep building throughout the area "deals" will start popping up creating shoppers. If your property is falling apart after year 3 what will it look like after year 5 or 10??? Why would one stay here if they could move to a new Broad Ripple in 2 to 3 years or another part of the Far Northside?? The complexes aren't going to let the "poor" move in without local permission so that's not that problem, but it the occupancy rate drops suddenly because the "Young" people moved back to Indy then look out.

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