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Enough Fed! Give Free Markets a Chance!

Michael Farr | Posted 07.25.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

The widespread expansion of credit to car-buyers, especially to sub-prime borrowers, is beginning to cause some industry observers to cry "bubble." Is this economic progress?

Drowning in Profits

Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 06.23.2014 | Business
Laura Gottesdiener

The story of a private equity firm, a missing pool fence, and the death of a two-year-old child raises troubling questions about how, as a nation, we define security in housing and why, in the midst of what's regularly termed a "recovery," many neighborhoods may actually be growing increasingly vulnerable.

More of the Same

Michael Farr | Posted 06.19.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

As expected, the Federal Reserve stuck to its pattern of reducing asset purchases by another $10 billion. The monthly pace is now down to just $35 bi...

Emails: ND Ethics Law Potentially Broken on Petraeus Fracking Trip

Steve Horn | Posted 06.12.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

DeSmogBlog has obtained emails via North Dakota's Open Records Statute revealing facts that could be interpreted as indicating that North Dakota Treasurer Kelly Schmidt broke State Investment Board ethics laws.

What's Going on With Interest Rates?

Michael Farr | Posted 07.29.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

An aggressive rally in the Treasury market this morning has resulted in the lowest 10-year Treasury yield since June of last year.  Nearly everyone is looking for an explanation as to why longer-term interest rates continue to fall in the face of reduced Fed support and better economic data.  So what is going on?

Tracking Earnings

Michael Farr | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

While the overall quality and composition of earnings in the 1Q may have improved somewhat, index earnings growth remains highly dependent on margin expansion.

The Real Lesson From the EFH Bankruptcy

Eileen Appelbaum | Posted 07.16.2014 | Business
Eileen Appelbaum

Even when private equity firms seem to do everything right and treat other stakeholders fairly, the private equity business model is fundamentally a high-risk strategy built on excessive debt.

If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them - Private Equity's New Strategy?

Eileen Appelbaum | Posted 07.13.2014 | Business
Eileen Appelbaum

The PE industry's bread and butter -- using lots of debt to buyout companies (LBOs), take them over, and sell them a few years later at a huge profit -- is taking a back seat to PE's new strategy of betting on the stock market.

Zach Carter

You Didn't Even Know These Wall Streeters Were Ripping You Off

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Private equity firms are routinely ripping off their clients, harming pension funds, universities and charitable foundations, according ...

Economists Are Wrong

Michael Farr | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

To boil things down, there are really only two roads we can follow in an environment of such as this. The economy will either muddle along at a sub-par rate of about 2 percent until balance is restored, or we go down the path of running up debt in an effort to produce higher growth rates in the near term.

How to Increase the Odds of Success for Venture-Backed Companies

Faisal Hoque | Posted 07.05.2014 | Business
Faisal Hoque

While the venture capital industry has changed a great deal since the days of Georges Doriot, portfolio management styles have not. The industry still places the greatest emphasis on financial analysis vs. operational capabilities.

Market Noise and Fed Messaging

Michael Farr | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

So far this year, the mid-cap banks are outperforming their behemoth cousins, and we now may know why. The big question, though, is how detrimental have these new regulations been to the economic recovery?

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?"

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 ...

9 Kingpins Made $2.6 Billion Last Year And Got Subsidized By Taxpayers

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business

Private-equity kingpins made billions last year subsidized by you, the taxpayer. The nine highest-paid private-equity executives in the U.S. haule...

Is Your Business Worth As Much As You Think? Many Aren't

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

About two-thirds of nearly 1,000 business owners surveyed recently by Pepperdine University's Private Capital Markets Project expect to transfer their...

Mother Nature Clouds the Outlook

Michael Farr | Posted 04.27.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

How much of the slowing can be blamed on Mother Nature? Nobody knows for sure, of course, but there is enough reason to believe that the brisk pace of growth recorded in the second half of 2013 will not be sustained in 2014.

A 10-Step Guide to Whistleblowing

Adam Resnick | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Adam Resnick

1. Shut up and get a good lawyer, fast. You can complain about the fraud internally, but we all know how that usually ends. Once you identify a fra...

The IRS's Obstruction of Equality

Adam Resnick | Posted 04.12.2014 | Business
Adam Resnick

We all hate taxes, and despite what anyone says, paying them is utterly painful. However, taxes -- the better of life's two inevitabilities (death bei...

The VIX Also Rises

Michael Farr | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business
Michael Farr

The more people working, earning income and spending, the greater the economic benefits. The masses move the needle, not the 1% at the top.

Analyze The ROI Of Your Innovation Idea, Step By Step

Bobby Grajewski | Posted 03.23.2014 | Small Business
Bobby Grajewski

In our experience, those who view their invention as a business opportunity (and keep their emotional attachment to their idea out of the equation) are the most successful.

War Clouds

James Moore | Posted 02.18.2014 | Technology
James Moore

Now there is another trend that investors are chasing, and it goes beyond the cloud. Convergence of storage, networking, and processing, and operating them at great speed and functionality using software out of one server box has become a growth business for some companies.

Private Equity Assaults DC Supermarket

Barry D. Wood | Posted 02.09.2014 | Business
Barry D. Wood

WASHINGTON -- The gale force wind from Toronto struck DC December 2nd with the announcement by Natural Markets Food Group CEO Robin Michel that the Sp...

Volcker Rule FINALLY Coming

Reuters | Posted 02.09.2014 | Business

By Emily Stephenson and Douwe Miedema WASHINGTON, Dec 10 (Reuters) - U.S. banks will no longer be able to make big tra...

Michael McAuliff

House Votes To Exempt Firms Like Bain Capital From Disclosure

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives used one of its few remaining legislative days in 2013 to pass a measure Wednesday that would exempt privat...