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Private Equity Firm Buys 5 Homes Per Day In Race For 'Awesome' Profits

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 04.03.2012 | Business

It’s a landlord's market and financial firms are taking advantage. One private equity firm, Waypoint Real Estate, is buying about five foreclose...

Every Time A Bank Shrinks, Another Private Equity Firm Gets Its Wings

D.M. Levine | Posted 03.22.2012 | Business

As banks keep shrinking, private equity keeps growing. A subsidiary of Bain Capital, the private equity firm Mitt Romney helped found, has agreed t...

The Incredible Shrinking Bank

The Huffington Post | D.M. Levine | Posted 03.21.2012 | Business

Bank of America just keeps on shrinking. The bank, once the biggest in the U.S. by assets and now second to JPMorgan Chase, will sell its Irish cre...

Romney's Former Industry Has An Image Problem

The Huffington Post | D.M. Levine | Posted 03.13.2012 | Business

Try as it might, the private equity industry hasn't won the hearts and minds of average Americans. More than half of Americans say they have a neg...

Jason Linkins

Mitt Romney Gets Suddenly Squishy On Carried Interest | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics

Over at Business Insider, Linette Lopez catches 2012 presidential aspirant Mitt Romney on CNBC, sending messages on one of his favorite tax-breaks-for...

D.M. Levine

This CEO Made How Much Last Year? | D.M. Levine | Posted 03.05.2012 | Business

How much did private equity chief Stephen Schwarzman make last year? Depends who you ask. The Wall Street Journal and Reuters both reported that S...

Dan Froomkin

Big Donors To Mitt Romney's Super PAC Could Reap Many Dividends | Dan Froomkin | Posted 03.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One thing's for certain about most of the biggest donors bankrolling the main pro-Mitt Romney super PAC: They are canny investors. Pr...

Obama Tax Plan Would Raise Taxes On Investment Managers

The Huffington Post | D.M. Levine | Posted 02.22.2012 | Business

Part of the tax proposal announced by the Obama administration on Wednesday would shut down a controversial loophole that allows hedge fund managers a...

D.M. Levine

'We're Not Marauding Barbarians' | D.M. Levine | Posted 02.18.2012 | Business

Private equity has an image problem. What began a few months ago with questions about Mitt Romney's background as chief of Bain Capital has ballooned ...

Romney-Style Tax Breaks Scrutinized In Europe

The Huffington Post | D.M. Levine | Posted 02.15.2012 | Business

With each passing day comes new evidence that the world is starting to shine a bright light on how the private equity industry does its business. The...

Private Equity Funds - Neither Job Creators nor Vultures, Just Profit Makers

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 04.15.2012 | Business
Parvez Ahmed

Over the last two decades the system has become lopsided so as to leave the 99 percent feeling helpless and hopeless. Meanwhile special interest groups continue to rig the system disproportionately in favor of the 1 percent.

The Last Frontier Of U.S. Finance, Private Equity Under SEC Scrutiny

The Huffington Post | D.M. Levine | Posted 02.15.2012 | Business

The private equity industry is, in a sense, the last regulatory frontier of U.S. finance, immune, so far, from both the scrutiny and government oversi...

Nate C. Hindman

Romney's Past At Bain Haunts Some VCs' Future | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 02.02.2012 | Small Business

In the U.S. election race, private equity has become a very public issue. So much so that the usually secretive industry is stepping out from behin...

Even as Romney Recovers, Newt's Attacks Are Killing His Chances In the Fall

David Paul | Posted 03.30.2012 | Politics
David Paul

The world is different now from when Karl Rove and Matthew Dowd crafted a political strategy in a world with no center. Today, the center looms, and Republican chances are zero if they cannot win the suburbs.

Romney's Bain

Yvette Kantrow | Posted 03.24.2012 | Business
Yvette Kantrow

Now, with Romney on his way to becoming the GOP nominee, the press -- egged on first by the left, then by Newt Gingrich -- has been in overdrive trying to figure out what to make of Romney's Bain Capital past.

Gingrich's Risky Private Equity Critique

Chris Ladd | Posted 03.24.2012 | Business
Chris Ladd

Is it really possible to blame Mitt Romney for operating a fantastically successful private equity fund without feeling any unease about government policies that encourage leveraged buyouts?

Evaluating the Merits of Private Equity

Chris Ladd | Posted 03.21.2012 | Business
Chris Ladd

The fact that Republicans are debating (or almost sort-of debating) the merits of certain business practices is a ground-breaking development all by itself.

Mitt Romney and Bain Capital: Understanding the Reality

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 03.14.2012 | Business
Robert K. Lifton

Mitt Romney's career as a candidate tells us little more than that he can be all things to all people. We have to look elsewhere than Bain Capital to make a well-reasoned decision about Romney's qualifications for president.

"Bain Capitalism": Mitt's Frankenstein Is a Politically-Created Monster

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Bain Capital -- and Bain Capitalism -- isn't Mitt's creation. It was sewed together from the corpses of dead ideals and shocked into life in Washington's political laboratories.

Ben Hallman

Is White House Chief Jack Lew's Banking Background Bad News For Financial Reform? | Ben Hallman | Posted 01.11.2012 | Business

As President Barack Obama's new White House chief of staff, ex-banker Jacob Lew assumes a powerful position at the height of a Washington battle over ...

Shadow Banks Go Long Energy Projects

Peter Gardett | Posted 02.22.2012 | Business
Peter Gardett

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been committed to solar and wind projects in recent weeks, and while the end of the year often brings with it a s...

GOP Candidate's Lucrative Deal Raises Questions

The New York Times | Nicholas Confessore, Christopher Drew and Julie Creswell | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

Almost 13 years ago, Mitt Romney left Bain Capital, the successful private equity firm he had helped start, and moved to Utah to rescue the Salt Lake ...

Jon Ward

Rick Perry Says Mitt Romney Is 'Part Of Wall Street' | Jon Ward | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a shot at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's previous career in private equity, saying his rival i...

Paul Volcker: Volcker Rule Too Complicated

Posted 01.09.2012 | Business

The Volcker rule is too long and complicated and financial lobbyists are to blame, said the man who gave his name to the new regulation on bank tr...

SEC Backs Off Stricter Financial Rule After Industry Objections

AP | MARCY GORDON | Posted 12.26.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The largest hedge funds and private equity firms must report financial information to the government under a rule adopted Wednesday...