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Private Equity

How to pick CEOs when you have skin in the game

Jeffrey M Cohn | Posted 06.08.2016 | Business
Jeffrey M Cohn

We got curious recently about how private equity partners--widely considered financial engineers and quant jocks--choose CEOs after they acquire a company. Do they have a more scientific, rigorous methodology than the typical board of directors?

California Bill Would Increase Private Equity Transparency

Eileen Appelbaum | Posted 04.25.2016 | Business
Eileen Appelbaum

Private equity (PE) operated without oversight until the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act gave the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) authority t...

How to Make Every Day, Earth Day

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 04.21.2016 | Impact
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

One of the small joys of annual celebration days is the comforting predictability of the pledges. As surely as the robins sing in spring, a speaker ...

The New Alternatives: Holding Companies That Build Impact for the Long Term

David Bank | Posted 04.07.2016 | Impact
David Bank

Impact investing may have gotten off on the wrong foot, with venture-capital style private equity funds that generally have to be liquidated after 10 years.

Misogyny, Men and the Media

Lynn Tilton | Posted 04.08.2016 | Business
Lynn Tilton

If I'm certain of one thing, it is that no man would be forced into my shoes -- not because they are six inch heels, but because we live in a world of double standards, female imposter bias and misogynistic media who perceive women as career-breaking targets.

Racist in Seattle: What the Country Can Learn From the Region's Shifts

Rebecca Saldaña | Posted 03.30.2016 | Impact
Rebecca Saldaña

What can the rest of the country learn from this region's move to shift its racist legacy? Cities all over the country are facing challenges of homelessness and housing affordability at the same time they are wrestling with what compliance with HUD's affirmatively furthering fair housing means. The case of Seattle illustrates what is at stake.

Wall Street Exec Tried To Scam People With ‘Brazen’ $95 Million Fraud, Feds Say

The Huffington Post | Ben Walsh | Posted 03.28.2016 | Business

A banker has been arrested and charged for trying to defraud investors out of $95 million, federal authorities said Monday. Andrew Caspersen, a partne...

Political Violence: It's the Economy Stupid

Michael Farr | Posted 03.22.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

Getting away from D.C. every so often helps with perspective. Life inside the Beltway can cloud one's views and lead to an inflated sense of axis mun...

What's So Bad About a Little Deflation?

Michael Farr | Posted 03.15.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

Ever since the global financial crisis central bankers across the globe have become increasingly fearful about the prospect of widespread deflation. ...

What's Going on in Retail?

Michael Farr | Posted 03.09.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

CNN.com recently published an article (Store closings are the hottest trend in retail) about the rash of retail store closings in recent months. As t...

Is Crowdfunding Turning Contagious?

Ian Khan | Posted 02.26.2016 | Business
Ian Khan

With so much innovation going on around us, funding the cause is one of the top priorities of any entrepreneur. With popular crowdfunding websites lik...

Keep it in Perspective

Michael Farr | Posted 02.25.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

With the S&P 500 now down about 10% from its all-time high in May 2015, a certain level of fear has returned to the markets. Among the many concerns ...

Business Lessons From Beyond The Shark Tank

Dave Bookbinder | Posted 02.09.2016 | Business
Dave Bookbinder

While only a handful of companies are profiled in this "mini-series," there are some very practical business lessons to be gleaned from their stories.

Bill Gates Doubles Down to Scale up Support for New Impact Investing Funds

David Bank | Posted 02.04.2016 | Impact
David Bank

When Bill Gates agreed a couple years ago to put a small piece of his personal fortune into a fund that invests in companies serving low-income customers in India, he invited the fund managers to return with a plan to scale up their investments and their social impact.

Thinking About Selling Your Company? Here Are 5 Things You Need and 1 Thing You Don't (Surprisingly)

Dave Bookbinder | Posted 01.28.2016 | Business
Dave Bookbinder

This is not a story about a new client win. This is a story about doing the right thing - and that means trying to help and add value; not sell a service that may be had for free down the road.

What Is My Business Worth?

Dave Bookbinder | Posted 01.12.2016 | Business
Dave Bookbinder

The value of your business (or business interest) depends on what exactly needs to be valued, why it needs to be valued, when it needs to be valued and for whom it needs to be valued.

Start-ups Wars: The New Financing Force Awakens in 2016

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 12.28.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

2016 marks the start of a new era in venture financing and capital formation and if you are an entrepreneur searching the galaxy for capital, well, to borrow a Star Wars saying - May the Force be With You.

15 Things You Should Know About Trump's Tax Plan

GOBankingRates | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
GOBankingRates

By Chuck Epstein, Contributor Republican presidential candidate and billionaire Donald Trump has shown he is politically controversial. His proposed ...

Congress Spikes Handout For Private Equity

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A major gift for big private equity firms has been removed from a must-pass bill to avert a government shutdown, according to sources fa...

Casino Capitalism Grips Washington

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Negotiations over a must-pass bill to avert a government shutdown have stumbled on an unlikely roadblock that has nothing to do with gov...

Congress Is Wrapping A Huge Gift For Private Equity Titans

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Private equity giants Apollo Global Management and TPG Group may turn out to be the biggest beneficiaries of a year-end government fundi...

Consumer Drive? Don't Hold Your Breath

Michael Farr | Posted 12.08.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

What is the true state of the US consumer? The Federal Reserve seems pretty confident that consumers have both the means (savings, disposable income,...

In the Shark Tank It's All About Valuation

Dave Bookbinder | Posted 12.07.2015 | Business
Dave Bookbinder

Unless you do what I do for a living, "valuation" probably isn't a word you hear every day... but it is a word you hear a lot on Shark Tank. And it's usually a point of controversy.

Where There's A Will There's a Way

Michael Farr | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

If the full extent of the budgetary problems are not well understood, how can we be in a position to address the problems?

The Garbage Collectors...

Joel Sucher | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Joel Sucher

The article focused on Fortress Investment's Peter Briger, a/k/a "king of debt" a/k/a "junkyard dog," a man who scored big by buying up the so-called "distressed assets" that banks didn't want and were willing to sell off cheap. So, if you're one of millions of struggling homeowners be afraid, be very afraid.