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  1. Understanding a Private Equity Fund's Structure

    September 30, 2015
    A look at the nature of private equity investment and how individual funds are structured, in terms of fees, liabilities, ...
  2. Blackstone Grabs Another Big Hotel Asset

    September 9, 2015
    Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX) is at it again. "It" being the large-scale purchase of hotel assets, an activity it has been ...
  3. How Stephen Schwarzman Built The Blackstone Group

    September 9, 2015
    With a wide range of global business interests in private equity, debt financing, hedge fund management and real estate acquisitions, ...
  4. The Biggest Private Equity Firms in San Francisco

    August 31, 2015
    Learn about some of the larger private equity firms with a presence in San Francisco, including KKR, the Blackstone Group ...
  5. 3 High-Yield Investment Grade Stocks You Should Consider

    August 13, 2015
    Discover three high-yield investment-grade stocks for income and appreciation. Interest rate risk is the largest source of ...
  6. 10 Most Famous Public Companies That Went Private

    July 30, 2015
    Here’s a list of the most popular listed companies that went private in recent decades.
  7. Dodd-Frank Creates a Liquidity Crunch for Bonds

    July 29, 2015
    While each individual institution is undoubtedly safer due to capital constraints imposed by Dodd-Frank, this makes for a ...
  8. Blackstone CFO Resigns to Join Airbnb

    July 28, 2015
    In a move that has to be considered a vote of confidence in the "sharing economy," the CFO of financial conglomerate Blackstone ...
  9. Four Buy and Hold Stocks for Millennials

    June 19, 2015
    Wealth creation is the byproduct of holding excellent businesses that grow substantially over the long-run.
  10. Effects Of Interest Rate Hikes On Private Equity

    June 17, 2015
    Private Equity firms would be wise to lock in current interest rates on their debt payments in anticipation of rate hikes. ...
  11. Is Vivint Solar's Blackstone Commercial & Industrial Announcement ...

    June 5, 2015
    Here is why solar short sellers should be paying particularly close attention to the latest news. On June 4, Vivint Solar ...
  12. Fundrise CEO Ben Miller On 'Why Pre-Funding Matters'

    May 28, 2015
    "Real estate crowdfunding is a fundamental change in investment paradigm."— Ben Miller, CEO Fundrise Fundrise.com co-founders ...
  13. Private Equity's Returns Are Tempered By Its Risks

    April 15, 2015
    Private equity firms adopt approaches to quickly hike up earnings and boost returns, but these investments come with big ...
  14. 10 Charts Every Options Investor Needs To See This Week

    April 6, 2015
    Scoreboard Last Thursday was a decent way to end a shortened and red week for the broader markets. However, markets have ...
  15. What kinds of private equity investments are out there?

    February 24, 2015
    Learn why private equity can be so profitable and how to buy this type of investment often reserved for institutional and ...
  16. The Most Famous Leveraged Buyouts

    February 9, 2015
    A look at the largest and most famous leveraged buyouts in history.
  17. Bold Prediction: Your Retirement Is In Jeopardy From Decades ...

    February 5, 2015
    My parents are aging rapidly. Whenever I would bring up the topic of long-term care insurance with my dad, he would laugh. ...
  18. Bold Prediction: Interest Rates Won't Go Up For 2 Decades

    February 5, 2015
    My parents are aging rapidly. Whenever I would bring up the topic of long-term care insurance with my dad, he would laugh. ...
  19. 2 Solar Energy Giants To Keep An Eye On

    November 11, 2014
  20. Tech Giants' Office Demands Driving 2 REITs To 52-Week Highs

    October 29, 2014
  21. Don't Buy Bonds, Buy These 3 Stocks Instead

    October 5, 2014
  22. Don't Look To Bonds For Yield -- Buy These 3 Stocks Instead

    October 5, 2014
  23. In The Week Ahead -- The 2 Most Important Charts To Watch

    October 5, 2014
  24. 7 Picks For A Sector That's Heating Up

    April 29, 2014
    We're right in the middle of earnings season, which means that most mid- and large-cap companies have reported results, with ...
  25. This Sector's Earnings Are Just Heating Up

    April 29, 2014
    We're right in the middle of earnings season, which means that most mid- and large-cap companies have reported results, with ...
  26. This Simple System Could Lead To 41% Gains In Less Than 5 Months

    February 6, 2014
    The past few years have been a great time to be an investor.Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's zero interest rate ...
  27. Strongest Stocks Of 2013 Still Looking Good

    December 30, 2013
    These stock are up more than 100% in 2013, and still look good depending on entry point.
  28. Private Equity For Retail Investors

    October 11, 2013
    Recent hot IPOs has many regular investors salivating at the chance to participate in start-ups and private equity. With ...
  29. Are The Shippers Now A Buy?

    August 15, 2013
    Investors looking for values among the beaten down market may want to give the shippers a go. Several bullish catalysts are ...
  30. SeaWorld Sinks On Soft Earnings--Time To Get Out Of The Pool?

    August 15, 2013
    SeaWorld reported second quarter earnings August 13 after the markets closed. The theme park operator missed badly in its ...
  31. The 10 Best Financial Tweets For Thursday, July 25

    July 25, 2013
    There are millions of tweets written every day. Benzinga sifts through the maelstrom of information to find the ten best ...
  32. Onex or Nielsen: Which is the Better Buy?

    June 19, 2013
    Toronto-based Onex (OTC:ONEXF) completed its acquisition of Nielsen Holdings' (NYSE:NLSN) exhibition business June 18 for ...
  33. Are These 3 Retailers Ready To Go Private?

    April 30, 2013
    Bloomberg ran an article April 29 speculating that Rue 21, Abercrombie & Fitch and Aeropostale are all possible private equity ...
  34. SeaWorld IPO Looks To Raise $500 Million: Should You Buy?

    April 10, 2013
    On April 8 Blackstone filed an IPO registration statement amendment that ups the original $100 million amount to as much ...
  35. Pinnacle Foods Gains 11% In IPO Debut--Now What?

    April 2, 2013
    Blackstone Group brought Pinnacle Foods (NYSE:PF) to market March 28. The maker of Vlasic pickles and other well known brands ...
  36. Why The Rest of the World is Pouring Billions Into the U.S. Real ...

    January 18, 2013
    Yngve Slyngstad and Peter Ballon aren't well-known names in the U.S. investment community, but their decisions are having ...
  37. Knight Capital Lives To Fight Another Day

    August 8, 2012
    Knight took a tough deal to stay in business.
  38. Big Movers on the Financial Sector Today, Including ACTG

    July 20, 2012
    It's been a bad day for the market after the morning's trading. The Nasdaq has fallen 0.7%; the S&P 500 has slipped ...
  39. A Trader's Guide to Ancestry.com (ACOM)

    June 7, 2012
    Online family history and genealogy resource Ancestry.com (NASDAQ: ACOM) popped on Wednesday as news came through of the ...
  40. Hotel Real Estate Rebounds Amid M&A

    June 7, 2012
    The lodging industry is quickly becoming a hotbed of acquisition activity in the commercial real estate space. Increasing ...
  41. Own Compass Diversified's Diversified Portfolio

    May 17, 2012
    Looking at CODI's revenues, you notice that it lost money in 2009 and 2010. Despite those losses, it's still a great investment.
  42. Bet Big On Public Works Project

    February 29, 2012
    As a variety of nations grapple with ballooning budgets and slowing tax receipts, public-to-private infrastructure transactions ...
  43. Banks Looking To Buy Bad Mortgages

    February 8, 2012
    Banks are offering delinquent homeowners $35,000 or more in cash to sell their properties for less than they owe.
  44. Cumulus Media's Stock Is Headed Up

    December 30, 2011
    Cumulus's stock looks like a good buy now that their stations are on iHeart Radio as part of their latest efforts to compete ...
  45. Big Dividends In BDCs

    May 3, 2011
    Like REITS and MLPs, business development companies (BDCs) offer high yields and potential diversification benefits to investors.
  46. 5-Star Dividend Stocks

    April 6, 2011
    Stocks that consistently pay sizable dividends offer important advantages to individual investors. Here are five worth a ...
  47. 5 Stocks At 52-Week Highs (FO, DIS, CSTR, DDS, ETN)

    January 31, 2011
    Five stocks in five different industries at different points in their business cycle. These stocks are hitting highs in their ...
  48. Private Equity Kills Balance Sheets

    December 24, 2010
    We'll use the Z-Score to illustrate how private equity is hurting the financial footing of acquired companies.
  49. Why Buffett Is Right To Avoid Buying Private-Equity-Owned Businesses

    November 16, 2010
    Robbing Peter to pay Paul is exactly why Mr. Buffett avoids private-equity-owned companies. They have greed written all over ...
  50. Theme Park Showdown: Cedar Fair Vs. Great Wolf Resorts

    October 7, 2010
    We look at which of these two theme-park companies is a better buy. Turns out it's a no-brainer, but not for reasons you'd ...
  51. Bye Bye NBTY

    July 19, 2010
    This volatile supplements company goes away, and private equity is back.
  52. Private Equity Providing Big Returns

    March 9, 2010
    Listed private equity firms have been burning up the market, but will their hot 1-year returns will continue?
  53. Sardar Biglari's Big Idea

    March 8, 2010
    Controversial CEO of Steak N Shake, Sardar Biglari, is moving forward with his plan to convert the company into a Buffett-style ...
  54. What Does Private Equity Indicate?

    February 2, 2010
    What do private equity buyouts tell us about the market? More than you might think.
  55. Shareholders Not Amused As Cedar Fair Likely Drops Dividend

    November 16, 2009
    Cedar Fair announced it is suspending its once generous distribution beginning next year.
  56. Good IPO, Bad IPO

    June 17, 2009
    A good IPO will consider the needs of long-time investors as well as new ones. Here is the good the bad about two IPOs.
  57. Auto Suppliers Pressured

    May 6, 2009
    Automakers' woes have spilled over to the auto suppliers, with the latest developments for Chrysler and GM putting suppliers ...
  58. Insiders Cruising For Royal Caribbean Stocks

    March 10, 2009
    This cruise line's recent insider buys make it a company worth further consideration.
  59. India's Middle Path Leads To Prosperity

    October 24, 2008
    A prudent blend of free market practices and state controls has put India in better position to weather the global slowdown ...
  60. Five Traits Of A Great SPAC

    September 12, 2008
    Special purpose acquisition companies continue to gain favor with investors. We examine the traits necessary for a good investment.
  61. Citigroup Sheds $12 billion In Risky Loans

    April 9, 2008
    Frozen credit markets may be beginning to thaw. Citi managed to sell $12 billion in leveraged loans, and other sales could ...
  62. Visa Debuts At No.1

    March 20, 2008
    Visa became the largest IPO in U.S. history, and with the oversubscription options possibly the biggest in the world. Should ...
  63. Blackstone In The Red

    March 12, 2008
    Blackstone stock has dropped more than 50% since its June IPO, and things do not look to be improving in the near term.
  64. Private Equity Well Drying Up

    August 30, 2007
    We examine the effect that problems in the credit market will have on the private equity boom.
  65. Blackstone-Hilton Buyout Raises The Bar - And Eyebrows

    July 5, 2007
    Blackstone is making an even bigger push into real estate, but the huge premium in the Hilton deal raises serious questions.
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