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Yvette Kantrow

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The Real Debt of College Education

(4) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 4:49 PM

It's hard to turn around these days without bumping into a story bemoaning, debating, defending or decrying the skyrocketing costs of higher education. In recent weeks, the New York Times produced a series, "Degrees of Debt," examining the "implications of soaring college costs and the indebtedness of students...

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Bloomberg Businessweek Pulls a Bait and Switch

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 9:28 PM

Financial media mavens were quick to accuse Bloomberg Businessweek of a bait and switch when its April 30 issue hit the street. There on the cover was a photo of a menacing, slickly dressed businessman wielding a chainsaw behind the headline "My Life in Private Equity." Inside, however, was a...

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The Internet vs. Humans: Who's Telling the Truth?

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 8:44 PM

A couple of weeks back, there was a kerfuffle on the Internet about remarks Bob Woodward made after reading some papers written by journalism students at Yale University. Woodward told a panel at the American Society of News Editors that when the students' professor, Steven Brill, asked them to speculate...

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William Bryan Jennings and the Bonfire of the Inanities

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 11:13 AM

I've been thinking about Sherman McCoy lately. You remember him -- the wealthy, WASPy bond trader and self-proclaimed Master of the Universe at the center of Tom Wolfe's romp through the late 1980s, The Bonfire of the Vanities? The specter of McCoy and his tortuous fall from grace has been...

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Woe Is Wall Street

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 2:47 PM

A few weeks ago in this space, I commented on the re-emergence of one of the mainstays of recession-era reporting, finance division: the death-of-Wall-Street-as-we-know-it story. Filled with dire predictions that the finance business will never be the same again, these pieces are also marked by their clichés -- the downtrodden...

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Goodbye to All That, Wall Street Edition

(4) Comments | Posted February 17, 2012 | 7:02 PM

But some of the damage is permanent. For too many people, the charade about liking to work on Wall Street is over. Interest in the Street at Harvard Business School, for example, has been declining since 1987. ... "A whole lot of people just know it's the end of an...

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A Look at Reuters, the Magazine

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 12:38 PM

"Reuters and the World Economic Forum have much in common," writes the electronic news service's editor in chief, Stephen Adler. "We're both global in outlook, dedicated to generating insights that drive better, smarter decisions and committed to bringing together the world's most interesting people."

That's why, Adler explains in an...

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Romney's Bain

(3) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 1:55 PM

Asset strippers. Corporate looters. Locusts. Barbarians. The media has always had contempt for titans of private equity, even if its attempts to vilify them sometimes ended up lionizing them instead. In fact, as portrayed by Michael Douglas in the '80s, ersatz buyout artist (and market manipulator) Gordon Gekko attracted more...

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Bill Keller for Dummies

(10) Comments | Posted December 10, 2011 | 12:21 PM

Add Bill Keller, the former executive editor of the august New York Times, to the list of intelligent people who have no problem admitting that, when it comes to matters of business and/or economics, they don't have a clue. In a recent op-ed piece for the Times, Keller...

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Molly Katchpole Pulls a David on Goliath Bank of America

(4) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 8:48 AM

Heard of Molly Katchpole? She's the 22-year-old recent graduate of Roger Williams University credited with forcing Bank of America to rescind its plan to charge customers five bucks a month to use their debit cards. Enraged by the fee, Katchpole took to the Internet in October to launch...

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Eliot Spitzer Rides Again

(16) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 11:05 AM

Note to media: Please stop referring to Eliot Spitzer as the Sheriff of Wall Street. The title certainly doesn't fit now, and arguably didn't fit a decade ago when he took Wall Street to task for putting out conflicted research on stocks. Lest we forget, Spitzer never prosecuted -- let...

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Dog Days Revised

(3) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 3:38 PM

There's a dog on the cover of Money magazine. A market-tested dog. He's cute -- he is, after all, a dog -- but he's also rather plain and generic, neither too foofy nor too tough, too mutt-like nor too well-bred, wholly unlikely to offend.

His owners are similarly nondescript,...

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The Chair Man

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 1:39 PM

It was bound to happen. With Goldman, Sachs and Co. suffering a barrage of bad publicity and bumbling its public image for two years running, the media would eventually find and expose the executive responsible for managing the firm's relationship with the press and the world. It was all well...

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Pleading the First

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 5:30 PM

So what's the difference between an analyst and a journalist, anyway? Media maneuvers was initially vexed by this question a long decade or so ago, when Eliot Spitzer rode into town and exposed just how conflicted Wall Street research was. It turned out that many analysts didn't really believe all...

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Tiny Bubbles

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2011 | 10:56 AM

For a media that was sent to the woodshed for helping to inflate and failing to predict two disastrous bubbles in a single decade -- dot-coms and housing -- perhaps it stands to reason that its motto these days seems to be "we won't get fooled again."

How else to...

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Child's Play

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 4:26 PM

Who is your financial role model: Elmo or Cookie Monster?

That was the headline I was greeted with when I logged on to Moneyland, Time Inc.'s new personal-finance website. The right answer is, of course, Elmo, who assiduously avoids "impulse buys" and saves for the future, unlike Cookie...

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Connect Some Dots

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 3:01 PM

It seems as if every magazine on the face of the planet is seeking to redesign itself for a digital world, which mostly means littering their pages with arrows, bullet points, swooshes and other assorted doodads, all in an attempt to appeal to readers who consume much of their media...

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The Maginot Media

(4) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 1:09 PM

Nearly three years after the financial world imploded, the business media is still operating under a cloud of shame for failing to sound the alarm that the end was near. The press, the story goes, should have warned us sooner that real estate was a bubble, subprime mortgages a crock,...

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Exceptional Me

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2011 | 12:59 PM

New rule: When the media reports on a screwup at Berkshire Hathaway, it can no longer call it a "rare mark" on Warren Buffett's sterling reputation. After all, the word "rare" should be used only to describe events that occur at fairly lengthy intervals, like solar eclipses. But Buffett has...

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Means, Ends and Money

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2011 | 1:56 PM

The media has long taken it on faith that private equity is an evil, possibly criminal, enterprise, run by money-hungry fraudsters who bury their companies in debt, rape them for fat dividends and charge onerous fees to their investors. (Who can forget the old Businessweek's infamous "Gluttons at the Gate"...

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