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Market Noise and Fed Messaging

Michael Farr | Posted 04.17.2014 | 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 04.14.2014 | 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 04.07.2014 | 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 03.31.2014 | 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 02.25.2014 | 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 02.18.2014 | 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...

Impact Investment Performance: Tiptoeing Toward Transparency

David Bank | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
David Bank

The recent release of details about the performance of several impact investment portfolios and funds is another step toward answering the question more and more investors are asking: Is impact a boost -- or a bust -- in terms of financial returns?

Ryan Grim

Geithner Went Easy On The Private Equity Industry; Now He's Going To Work For It

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics

Private equity giants fought hard while debating Wall Street reform to make sure new rules that applied to investment banks left them exempt -- and th...

The Gaping Hole In Raising Revenue

Adam Resnick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Adam Resnick

All taxpayers, regardless of their political persuasion, should be incensed that their monies that have been siphoned off by fraudsters are not being recovered, despite the fact that the IRS and other agencies have been given the tools to do it.

Top 3 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Issuing Equity

Lili Balfour | Posted 03.31.2014 | Small Business
Lili Balfour

Too often, I see entrepreneurs freely giving away equity as compensation without realizing the extent of dilution they are causing.

Mark Gongloff

Private Equity Firms Are Back To Their Pre-Crisis Shenanigans

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 08.06.2013 | Business

It has been almost five long years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, and you know what that means: It's about time we had ourselves another finan...

Equity Crowdfunding and Advertising: Be Careful What You Wish For

Victoria Silchenko | Posted 09.15.2013 | Business
Victoria Silchenko

It is official -- on July 10th, 2013 the Security and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.) lifted the ban for private offering advertising. This means that on...

What the Twinkie Really Says About America

Seriously Skewed | Posted 09.08.2013 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

That was pretty scary. We almost lost him. One day he was riding along just as happy as a Ho Ho, and the next the cruel forces of capitalism almost strangled the legendary confection of sponge cake with cream filling, known as the Twinkie, with its own lasso.

Shattering the Glass Ceiling

Jeanette Cajide | Posted 09.04.2013 | Business
Jeanette Cajide

In the late 1990s, there were no "women's circles" or "diversity groups" or "power lunches with other women" like there are now. Never once it entered my mind "I cannot do this because I am a woman" and no one at my bank said, "Well, as a woman you should think about changing careers."

Billions Wasting Away In Zombie Funds

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2013 | Business

LONDON, June 13 (Reuters) - Private equity firms are sitting on $116 billion of assets trapped in so-called zombie funds that lie dormant but still ...

Scandal-Plagued Petraeus Gets Job With Private Equity Firm

AP | BY TOM MURPHY | Posted 07.30.2013 | Business

-- Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus will take a new job with investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. as he attempts to rebuild his reputat...

The Real IRS Opprobrium

Adam Resnick | Posted 07.21.2013 | Politics
Adam Resnick

The IRS should be less concerned with pestering small non-profits and individuals and instead direct resources towards more significant enterprises.