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Despite Big Problems Charters Attract Hedge Fund Support and Presidential Candidates Hungry for Dollars

Alan Singer | Posted 10.01.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

While the New York Times seems determined to promote charter schools, other news agencies and educational groups are expressing increased reservations about their lack of performance, excessive expense and political and financial backing.

Hedge Fund Myths and Misdeeds

Dan Solin | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Dan Solin

Is it any surprise that brokers are fighting so hard to avoid being fiduciaries to retirement plans, much less to individual investors?

NY Times Hypes Charter Schools -- Again and Again

Alan Singer | Posted 09.28.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

One big problem with the Times' campaign to hype charter schools is that this school just opened the week before with 135 kindergarten and first grade children, so no one had any idea how economically diverse and academically rigorous the school would actually become. The article was purely speculative, barely more than an advertisement for charter schools.

Tribes Of New York: Trump's War On 'Hedge Fund Guys' Has Deep Roots

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 09.24.2015 | Entertainment

Donald Trump doesn’t like a lot of people -- losers, Mexican immigrants and hedge fund managers. With his unique blend of populism and a willfu...

It's Time To Close The Carried Interest Loophole

Bill de Blasio | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Bill de Blasio

Because of something called carried interest, the top 25 hedge fund mangers paid a lower tax rate than the average kindergarten teacher in 2014. Billionaire hedge fund managers don't need a tax break, and there is no reason this loophole should exist.

The $17.7 Billion Hedge Fund Managers Are Stealing From Kindergarten Teachers

Robert Greenwald | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

It is time that anyone running to be POTUS does more than lip service to one of the most egregious tax evasion schemes and one of the biggest contributors to the 1 percent stealing from the 99 percent.

Hedge Fund Billionaires vs. Kindergarten Teachers: Whose Side Are You On?

The Huffington Post Blog | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
The Huffington Post Blog

A live stream of Hedge Fund Billionaires vs. Kindergarten Teachers: Whose Side Are You On?, a new video from Brave New Films on the carried interest tax loophole. A screening of this film will take place at Pace University in New York City on Thursday, September 10 at 4:30 p.m.

Toastmasters: My First Step in Launching a Hedge Fund

Jorge Newbery | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Jorge Newbery

What was my first step in creating a socially responsible hedge fund? Did I engage attorneys and accountants, generate capital provider interest, prep...

Five Steps to Raising Institutional Capital

Jorge Newbery | Posted 08.05.2015 | Business
Jorge Newbery

This past January, we set out to take the next step in our growth and raise institutional capital. We kept hearing that institutional investors were chasing yields. But how could we get them to chase us, or even listen to us?

Hedge Funds Want Puerto Rico To Fire Teachers To Pay Them Back

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 07.29.2015 | Latino Voices

As Puerto Rico teeters on the edge of default, a new report commissioned by a group of hedge funds insists the U.S. territory can avoid bankruptc...

Adriana Usero

Puerto Rico's Dance With Default Embraces A Fickle Partner: Wall Street | Adriana Usero | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Puerto Rico may stave off default by making a last-minute payment to creditors on July 1, but the island’s economic future rests on th...

Laura Barron-Lopez

The Curious Case of Puerto Rico, And Why Default Poses A Risk To The U.S. | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. lawmakers have no firm plan to help more than 3 million American citizens living 1,000 miles off the coast of Florida under a gover...

When $4.6 Billion Just Isn't Enough

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

Sadly, the good work that his foundation does is eviscerated by what he does on a much larger scale in New York state politics, national politics, and throughout the world in order to continue to line his coffers.

Bonanza for the Super Rich: The Fund Managers' Tax Break

Dean Baker | Posted 06.13.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

The reason most of us have seen little gain from economic growth over the last three decades is that the rich have rigged the rules to ensure that money flows upward. Through their control of trade policy, Federal Reserve Board policy, and other key levers of government, they have structured the market to weaken the bargaining power of ordinary workers and benefit the CEOs and Wall Street crew. As a result, the typical worker has seen almost none of the gains from economic growth over the last four decades. Most of this rigging comes in before-tax income.

Hedge-Fund Billionaires Seek Reform Without Research

Eric Cooper | Posted 05.30.2015 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Some research suggests that charter schools perform no better than existing public schools. And even if we wanted to, it would be nearly impossible to take the charter movement to scale. So why are the billionaire "disruptors" of the hedge-fund world so hell-bent on establishing charter schools? Money and influence may help to explain it.

Hedge Fund Win-Win Fee Model -- Innovative and Fair in Many Respects

Spiros Margaris | Posted 05.06.2015 | Money
Spiros Margaris

Most hedge funds charge management fees of 1-2 percent of assets under management and, in addition, performance fees of 20 percent.

3 Benefits of Alternative Investments

Sang Lee | Posted 05.04.2015 | Money
Sang Lee

Alternative investments often require a certain level of patience as many of these assets lack the liquidity inherent in the public markets. However, there are several benefits associated with taking a long-term approach by investing in illiquid alternatives.

Foreclosures and Short Sales: The Best Deals for Real Estate

Natalie Pace | Posted 04.05.2015 | Money
Natalie Pace

There are still a million foreclosures and bank-owned properties, with 8.1 million people who are currently underwater on their homes.

This Guy Just Made $1 Billion Betting On Oil Prices

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business

You know what's cool? An oil-price collapse that saves you a few dollars when you fill up the Escalade. You know what's cooler? An oil-price collapse ...

Kim Bhasin

Ousted American Apparel CEO Dov Charney Is Reportedly Down To His Last $100,000 | Kim Bhasin | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business

He's living in NYC on a friend's couch.

Paul Blumenthal

Hedge Fund Execs Spent Big In New York Elections, Now Likely To Reap Their Reward | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A handful of hedge fund executives aiming to direct more taxpayer money to charter schools pooled their own vast resources to help elect...

Singularly Bad Idea: Wall Street Taking Over Public Education

Mike Lux | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

Will we have charter school-backed securities that these hedge funds can speculate in and manipulate the price of? Charter school bubbles that will blow up in our faces? If charter schools don't make quite as much money as the hedge funds think they will, will there be a massive disinvestment in schools?

The Driving Force Behind Runaway Inequality

Les Leopold | Posted 01.31.2015 | Business
Les Leopold

Runaway inequality is destroying the American Dream. Is it too late to save it? That depends on what is really driving inequality. In the 1960s the gap between CEOs and the average worker was 20 to 1. By 2012 it was 354 to 1. What happened?

Ben Walsh

Solving The Tech Worker 'Shortage' Is Easy: Just Pay Them More | Ben Walsh | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business

Tech CEOs love to complain about a lack of skilled workers, and want the US to change its immigration policies for high-skilled workers to fix the problem. It turns out, this is a problem that doesn’t exist.

Want To Make A Difference? Don't Be A Hedge Fund Manager

The Huffington Post | Gregory Beyer | Posted 11.24.2014 | Business

Long before the 2008 financial collapse, the American economic landscape had shifted, plunging the country into something of an identity crisis. Manuf...