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Private Equity

So You Think You Can Go Public? (Re)Meet the OTC

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

I believe, if you run a modern company, your stock options should be worth money and you should be able to turn around and sell or exercise them. In other words, your company stocks should be able to become your own currency.

Irrational Exuberance?

Michael Farr | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

I've stated repeatedly that a massive amount of stimulus has been required to generate GDP growth of just 2.0%-2.5% annually since the end of the Great Recession (June 2009). We have further said that the removal or reversal of some of these stimulants will be a tough hurdle for the economy to overcome.

Go East, Young Man -- Why Hong Kong is the Silicon Valley of the East

April Rudin | Posted 05.14.2015 | Business
April Rudin

Foreign cultures can often seem impenetrable, particularly in Asia. As an American who has frequently traveled to the East, I find that not to be be true. Particularly, in Hong Kong.

Poking Holes in the Strong-Dollar Thesis

Michael Farr | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

The dollar began its ascent against other major world currencies in mid-2014. The move higher was fast and furious, but the greenback ran into some resistance beginning in the middle of March.

IRS Should Crack Down on Private Equity's Abusive Tax Alchemy

Eileen Appelbaum | Posted 04.17.2015 | Business
Eileen Appelbaum

Wealthy fund managers employ an army of tax advisors to make sure they do not miss any opportunity to get a tax break. As Warren Buffett pointed out, the mega rich already pay a lower tax rate on their incomes than the average worker.

Fed Near the Cliff

Michael Farr | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

The incessant parsing and analysis of each and every Fed utterance is becoming quite comical. God love Steve Liesman and Mark Zandi, but are they really adding much value by trying to read between the lines of each statement from each Fed member?

Ben Walsh

Private Equity Firm Threatened To 'Gut' Whistleblower 'Like A Carp,' Lawsuit Claims

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 04.03.2015 | Business

Private equity firm TPG Capital was sued Thursday by its former head of public affairs, who alleges his bosses threatened to ruin his career, fired hi...

Fifty Shades of White: Raising Equity from the Public by Start-ups

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 03.31.2015 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

Arming the mid-size companies with a new funding channel might trigger the valuations hike further, imposing the notorious "bubble" the VCs like to talk about. Don't underestimate the power of billboards or TV commercials with investment offerings.

Why Do Interest Rates Keep Decreasing?

Michael Farr | Posted 05.27.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

The market's response to Wednesday's economic data was somewhat perplexing at first blush.

Private Equity Is Going Retail

Eileen Appelbaum | Posted 05.11.2015 | Business
Eileen Appelbaum

The reasons for private equity's newfound interest in marketing to retail investors are not hard to find. Public sector workers and their pension funds are under attack and unlikely to be an expanding source of capital for the private equity industry going forward.

Equity Crowdfunding Is Dead -- Long Live Equity Crowdfunding

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 05.05.2015 | Small Business
Victoria Silchenko

In life, whatever it is we are seeking will not arrive in the form we are expecting. Such is the case with raising equity in a post JOBS Act market -- something that fascinated but at the same time confused many business owners.

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.

The End of the Gravy Train?

Michael Farr | Posted 04.25.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

In the summer of 2013, a sharp spike higher in interest rates caused by the "taper tantrum" (fear that the Fed will soon end monetary easing) reduced both housing affordability and the opportunities to lower mortgage rates through refinancing.

Ben Walsh

A Day In The Life Of Private Equity Giant TPG

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics

How do private equity firms assure investors that they really do get up every day and work hard to deliver great returns? Part of the answer is by sho...

A Race Against Time

Michael Farr | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

The year 2015 may yet produce solid returns for investors in US stocks. However, it's looking more and more likely that TINA ("There Is No Alternative"), more than any other factor, will be responsible rather than strong earnings growth.

Bold Action Plan or Delusional Rant?

Michael Farr | Posted 03.23.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

Wherever you stand on the political spectrum, I think there are some undeniable truths regarding our economy that need to be addressed before we reach the next phase of robust and sustainable economic growth.

Taking Stock

Michael Farr | Posted 03.17.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

There are many positive signs in the US. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the 3rd quarter was up 5% on an annualized basis compared to the 2nd quarter (adjusted for inflation).

It Takes a Crowd: Transforming Venture Investing

April Rudin | Posted 03.15.2015 | Business
April Rudin

I believe crowdfunding can transform (and improve!) venture and other "private market" investing in a number of ways.

Ryan Grim

Private Equity Exec Brags About Sealing Chobani Deal At Easter Mass

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

Let’s say you’re sitting in Easter Mass. You’re a private equity executive and your BlackBerry lights up. It’s Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder of C...

Time to Get Excited?!

Michael Farr | Posted 02.28.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

Surging stock prices will likely increase rather than decrease the costs of saving for retirement for most folks. Why? Because most people, including baby boomers who are inching closer to "retirement age", remain vastly underprepared for retirement.

Should the Fed Be Worried About Deflation?

Michael Farr | Posted 02.17.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

For an economy heavily dependent on consumer spending, this is not a trivial consideration.

Billionaire Hasn't Done Anything Like This Since His Bar Mitzvah

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business

The private equity rap game will never be the same.

The Squeeze of the Middle Class

Michael Farr | Posted 02.04.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

The median household income in 2013 was only slightly above that reported for 1995 (after adjusting for inflation), while costs for necessities like housing (rent), health care, and education are making it much more difficult for middle-class folks to get by. 

5 Things High Net Worth Individuals Need To Know About Medical Marijuana

April Rudin | Posted 02.02.2015 | Business
April Rudin

This is a development to watch - and one with many upside opportunities. But right now it feels like a green rush, so be careful you don't get caught up in the weeds.

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?