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Ben Hallman

Obama Sets Sights On Lucrative Tax Break Used By Romney | Ben Hallman | Posted 02.05.2013 | Business

For chief executive Stephen Schwarzman, running the private equity firm Blackstone Group has proven enormously lucrative, bringing him nearly $140 mil...

Has Dell Found Its Buyer?

Reuters | Nadia Damouni and Poornima Gupta | Posted 01.15.2013 | Technology

Talks to take No. 3 computer maker Dell Inc private are in an advanced stage with at least four major banks lined up to provide financing, two sources...

Dell's Potential Buyout Returns Spotlight To Founder

Reuters | Ben Berkowitz | Posted 03.17.2013 | Technology

By Ben Berkowitz (Reuters) - Michael Dell gave up day-to-day control of the computer company that bears his name once, an experiment th...

The Fatal Blindness of Private Equity -- Where's Your Consumer Insight?

Adam Hanft | Posted 02.13.2013 | Business
Adam Hanft

Here's a message to just about every private equity shop out there. There's a really simple way for you to make the billions in all your funds work smarter, harder and faster.

"Money Is Like Manure"

Frank A. Weil | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

How can such a good and timely idea remain so obscure at a time like this? Perhaps Speaker Boehner and the president, in an effort to give something to everyone, should include something along these lines in their Grand Bargain next week.

Invest in Things You Understand

Ryan Caldbeck | Posted 02.04.2013 | Business
Ryan Caldbeck

Complex financial schemes and investment theses lend themselves to inefficiency and un-internalized risks. That's why investors may want to take a look at consumer products. As consumers themselves, they "speak the same language."

In Wake of Election, SMBs Expected to Serve as Engine of Economic Growth

Ryan Caldbeck | Posted 01.14.2013 | Small Business
Ryan Caldbeck

Small businesses now must make some assumptions about policy decisions and move forward. They are too important to the country's economic recovery to remain in limbo.

Bain Capital: OK, You Can Stop Hating Us Now

Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.09.2013 | Business
Mark Gongloff

The rich people who tend to invest in private equity are probably more inclined to invest with Bain Capital than ever, precisely because it was a target of the angry Poors. Just to be on the safe side, though, Bain wrote its investors a love note yesterday just to make sure everybody was still cool.

Zach Carter

Mitt Romney Haunted By Tax Returns He Withheld | Zach Carter | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the GOP presidential candidate faced pressure over the past year to release more financial information, it was widely presumed that a...

What the Presidential Election Means for Crowdfunding and Small Businesses

Ryan Caldbeck | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Ryan Caldbeck

Tuesday's vote has a significant impact on the nation's 28 million small businesses, which impacts our national economy as well. Small businesses are responsible for creating two out of every three new jobs over the past two decades. The candidates have both had their say, now it is our turn.

Romney's Tax Plan and His Promise to Create U.S. Jobs: It's Impossible to Make Sensata Them

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
Peter Smirniotopoulos

Sensata Technologies both underscores that Governor Romney is not qualified to be president by virtue of his business experience, while also exposing the complete fallacy of Romney's tax proposal.

A Guy Can Dream, Can't He? Part 2

Lawrence Weschler | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
Lawrence Weschler

Forget about the undecided four percent. Etch-A-Sketch cynicism as blatant as Romney has shown across the last few weeks ought to be made to exact a toll. And not in the middle: rather on his right flank.

Sam Stein

Back To Bain: Obama-Backing Super PAC Re-Releases Romney Attack Ad | Sam Stein | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama-supporting super PAC Priorities USA Action is going back to Bain in a campaign-closing television ad campaign that attacks GOP...

The Public Eye on Private Equity

Jason O. Kelly | Posted 12.12.2012 | Business
Jason O. Kelly

Mitt Romney's campaign for president dragged private equity into the public eye and turned the harsh spotlight of a presidential race on its practitioners. So much for that whole "private" thing.

'The New Tycoons': Prologue

Jason O. Kelly | Posted 12.11.2012 | Business
Jason O. Kelly

Standing in Legoland in 2011, fulfilling a promise to my then eight-year-old son William, it hit me. Practically every time I'd opened my wallet that day, it had been to a company owned by private equity. Even on vacation, I couldn't escape.

Romney Son's 'Conflict Of Interest' Examined

The Nation | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics

Marc Leder, a wealthy investor, played host to Mitt Romney last May at a private fundraiser at his $4 million home in Boca Raton. Little did Leder kno...

National Dialogue Falling Prey to Sesame Street Headlines

Carol Roth | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Carol Roth

Does the suggestion of eliminating this funding mean that PBS, NPR and other public broadcasting isn't worthwhile? Absolutely not. But there are other ways to ensure their viability without adding to the debt burden of the government.

Romney's Goal for the Companies Bain Acquired: "Harvest Them at Significant Profit"

Robert Reich | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

2012-09-27-ScreenShot20120927at1.50.15PM.pngBain Capital wasn't in the business of creating jobs. It was in the business of creating profits. The two goals aren't at all the same.

Zach Carter

Romney Tax Return Shows Big Bain Loophole | Zach Carter | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney saved about $$850,000 on his 2011 taxes, thanks to the Republican presidential candidate's controversial retirement package ...

Ben Hallman

New York Attorney General Defends Latest Investigation | Ben Hallman | Posted 09.24.2012 | Business

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is pushing back against two Republican lawmakers who have challenged his investigation into nonprofits tha...

Bain Capital: A Little Too Clubby?

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 09.12.2012 | Business

The New York Times has managed to get its hot mitts on a heavily redacted complaint in a class-action lawsuit accusing Bain Capital and other private ...

WATCH: Private Equity Lobbying Video Argues Industry Benefits

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 09.12.2012 | Business

What's to love about private equity? A lot, according to a video from a private equity lobbying group. Aligned with a concerted effort to revamp th...

Matt Taibbi Fights Off The Haters

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 11.06.2012 | Business

Another day, another pair of journalists-cum-pundits “fact-checking” one another in a series of angry back-and-forth posts. The fight we’re talk...

Romney's Success at Bain Capital: The Business as Scam Model

Dean Baker | Posted 11.05.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

Bain Capital is not about producing wealth but rather about siphoning off wealth that was produced elsewhere in the economy. You cannot have an entire economy that is premised on the idea that it will siphon off wealth produced elsewhere.

Romney's Tax Dodges: Bad For America

Mark Gongloff | Posted 11.04.2012 | Business
Mark Gongloff

It's already pretty easy to be mad at the super-low tax rates paid by private-equity executives. But here's another reason, maybe, to shake our fists at them: They hate America.