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Paul Blumenthal

Hedge Fund Execs Spent Big In New York Elections, Now Likely To Reap Their Reward

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

These 5 FinTech Companies Are Changing the Way We Invest

Kevin Yu | Posted 10.29.2014 | Money
Kevin Yu

These five companies are positioned to really change the way consumers think about investing. By empowering individuals to have easy and affordable access, it simplifies the complex world of investing.

No Slam Dunk for Billionaires

Sanford D. Horwitt | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Sanford D. Horwitt

Using public funds to build professional sports facilities is an ineffective, inefficient strategy for promoting economic development -- and, one might infer, an especially unseemly use of scare resources in a city like Milwaukee where 29 percent of its nearly 600,000 residents live in poverty. But in our new Gilded Age, big money has no shame.

San Francisco Move Could Present A Big Conflict Of Interest

International Business Times | Posted 10.07.2014 | Business

This week, officials in San Francisco may vote on a proposal that could shift billions of dollars of the city's pension portfolio from plain vanilla i...

In "Politics Before People," Andrew Cuomo "Exceeds Proficiency Standard"

Alan Singer | Posted 12.03.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

In his approach to education, Andrew Cuomo shows that he is a political machine who continually puts politics before principles and people.

Hedge Funds Are Richer Than Ever

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 09.28.2014 | Business

Things are looking pretty good for the superrich. The largest Americas-based hedge funds are controlling more money than ever before, according to ...

Market Manipulators Are Back in Season for the Fed "Septaper" Sequel: "Septighten"

Terry Connelly | Posted 11.16.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

The summer is coming to an end without much success at the movie box office, but one "sequel" has emerged a winner this week although its ultimate fate awaits further developments.

The Federal Reserve Board --The Adults in the Room

Terry Connelly | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

If you asked the average person how they feel about the Federal Reserve's latest economic projection that trimmed its estimate of 2014 U.S. GDP growth to a range of 2.1-2.3 percent, they would probably say that's not so hot -- not a recession, but quite depressing nonetheless.

The Sohn Investment Conference: Head, Heart, and Hedge Funds

April Rudin | Posted 08.23.2014 | Business
April Rudin

"Follow your passion" has become something of a cliché in the self-help sections of America's bookstores and in the kinds of advice columns and blogs...

The Fleecing of Investors Continues

Dan Solin | Posted 08.17.2014 | Business
Dan Solin

It's not as though you have to be a rocket scientist to invest intelligently and responsibly.

Paul Blumenthal

Billionaire's Campaign Contribution Among Biggest In Recent History

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With a $2.5 million contribution to Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, Chicago-based hedge fund executive Ken Gri...

Some Investors Must Fail

The Motley Fool | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
The Motley Fool

Not probably, or unfortunately, but must. Professional, amateur. Hedge fund manager, day trader, indexer, 401(k) saver. Some of you must fail. It's a necessity of how markets work.

Why Hedge Funds Love Charter Schools

Alan Singer | Posted 07.20.2014 | Business
Alan Singer

Banks and equity funds that invest in charter schools in underserved areas can take advantage of a very generous tax credit, which they can combine with other tax breaks while they also collect interest on any money they lend out. Doing this, they can double their money in seven years.

Brown To Hedge Fund Execs: 'You Have A Role To Play' In Senate Race

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who is running to return to the Senate from the Granite State, urged hedge fund executives at a Las Vegas conferenc...

The Hedge Fund That Ate Chicago

Les Leopold | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Les Leopold

There's a battle royale raging in Chicago. It pits hedge funds, the Chicago financial exchanges, real estate interests and Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the one side, against public employee unions and community groups on the other.

Mark Gongloff

Piketty Is Right: These Wealthy Men Make Billions For Basically Doing Nothing

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 05.06.2014 | Business

In the future foretold by French economist Thomas Piketty, the rich will keep getting richer by doing basically nothing, living off the income generat...

Making Greed Great: How Hedge Funds Can Help Save the World

Chris Manthey | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Chris Manthey

There is no shortage of prescriptions designed to cure what ails progressives, but most suggest a specific course of action or attitude rather than addressing the structure of the enterprise, which resembles the planned economies of communist governments.

The Dishonorable Andrew Cuomo Meets the Hedge Fund / Charter School Zombies *

Alan Singer | Posted 06.18.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

For $1,000 each, participants in an upcoming Lake Placid retreat "Embark on three spring days of fun, fellowship and strategy with the nation's thought leaders on education reform." Those who are special, or especially rich, can get VIP treatment for $2,500.

The Hedge Fund Managers Tax Break: Because Wall Streeters Want Your Money

Dean Baker | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

The hedge fund managers' tax break is different from other tax breaks in that it has no economic rationale. With most other tax breaks, there's at least an argument as to how it serves some socially useful purpose. This is simply a case where the rich don't feel like paying taxes and are saying to the rest of us, "what are you going to do about it?"

5 Myths About High-Frequency Trading

Bob Swarup | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
Bob Swarup

For better or for worse, high-frequency trading is a part of our financial landscape today. This is an economic arms race, and there are risks involved.

Watchdog To Go After Hedge Funds

Reuters | Posted 06.07.2014 | Business

By Greg Roumeliotis and Sarah N. Lynch NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, April 7 (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ...