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Benny Sims | Posted 06.30.2013 | Fifty
Benny Sims

Sometimes, if you give someone enough rope, they'll hang themselves. Or, if they do what's right, they'll use it to tie up their demons. That's what h...

William Harrison Defends the Big Banks

Robert Teitelman | Posted 10.28.2012 | Business
Robert Teitelman

William Harrison's defense harkens back to the age before 2008, when banks could simply declare their manifest strengths and their Olympian wisdom. Given what we've been through, you've got to try a little harder now.

Jon Meacham's American Dream

Robert Teitelman | Posted 09.01.2012 | Media
Robert Teitelman

Those who know something will never read it, or scoff if they do. Those who don't know or care about American history will never read it unless they're stuck in a dentist's office with a broken TV. Who does that leave?

Stray Thoughts on the Rise of Shareholders

Robert Teitelman | Posted 06.16.2012 | Business
Robert Teitelman

Are we better or worse off economically, socially and politically with shareholders in that pre-eminent a role? Is there a balance point? Have we, in a world of activist hedge funds and high-frequency trading, overshot that point?

Andrew Lo and the Wisdom of Reading 21 Crisis Books

Robert Teitelman | Posted 04.08.2012 | Business
Robert Teitelman

Playing catch-up here. MIT economics professor Andrew Lo has written a paper for the Journal of Economic Literature summarizing, with a few general po...

The Causes of Systemic Disasters

Robert Teitelman | Posted 03.12.2012 | Business
Robert Teitelman

The popular response to 2008 and what has followed is to focus on the single cause -- subprime, deregulation, globalization, greed, compensation -- and fail to separate out precipitating factors from less satisfying, more complex and ambiguous causes.

Fukuyama's Plan to Fix Congress

Robert Teitelman | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Robert Teitelman

Fukuyama is devoted to the Westminister model, which theoretically can produce a coherent plan but which, in the real world, seems to suffer, like any political mechanism, some stubborn problems.

St. Patrick's Day as a Derivative Instrument

Robert Teitelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Teitelman

Right next door to world headquarters of The Deal LLC looms the impressive wedding cake of the New York Stock Exchange, opened 1903. These days that c...

The Knotty Problem of Partial Regulation

Robert Teitelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Teitelman

Today there's sensitivity to the dangers of regulatory arbitrage when regulatory regimes widely vary either nationally or internationally -- although, so far, there are few answers to resolve this beyond gestures toward coordination.

States and Bankruptcy: Issues and Tactics

Robert Teitelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Teitelman

A law that would lash together forced cuts in public-employee wages seems feverish. But it does explain the historical oddity of Republicans pursuing this expansion of federal reach.

A Decade of Arnold Roth

Robert Teitelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Teitelman

In late 2001 we decided we needed a year-end issue.

Sorkin on the transparency dilemma

Robert Teitelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Teitelman

Like a drum major, Andrew Ross Sorkin leads his marching band to DealB%k's new page right after Itineraries in today's New York Times. Welcome to dead...

Bruce Wasserstein 1947-2009

Robert Teitelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Teitelman

The Bruce we knew was an enthusiast of the media and for journalism. It's been said often enough, but Bruce came up with the idea for a national newspaper to cover deals.

What's Killing Independent Film?

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The question I've asked myself recently after watching any number of worthy but small movies is, "This is a nice little movie -- but who will ever have the chance to see it?"

Meg Ryan Has Been In The Business For 2,000 Years

NY Mag | Darrell Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

"I've been in the business for like 2,000 years," Meg Ryan said when we hunted her down her at the Hollywood Life House after-party for her Sundance m...