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HighTower gets $100 million loan

July 14, 2014

HighTower Advisors has received a $100 million credit line from two banks as it looks to boost recruiting and build out its newer offerings, including its Alliance platform. The firm, which until this point had secured funds — around $165...

A case for private equity in DC plans

May 11, 2014

There's a paradox in the retirement products world. While defined-benefit plans have historically invested broadly across asset classes, including private equity, defined-contribution plans have not. Financial advisers can reasonably expect...

Next on Janet Yellen's to-do list: Winding down a $4.5T balance sheet

May 9, 2014

As the Fed winds down its bond-buying program, Janet Yellen confronts the awkward issue of overseeing a $4.5 trillion balance sheet, which was at $800 billion before the financial crisis. It's on her to-do list. Waiting for the policy-normalizing...

Yellen takes another stab at offering clarity on Fed policy without jarring the markets

April 29, 2014

Where the Fed is likely to go from here. Spoiler alert: Quantitative easing gets trimmed even further as the Fed tries to quietly but decisively take the training wheels off the U.S. economy. When attempts at clarity leads to more confusion...

Markets are bracing for a rough start to the week

April 7, 2014

The doomsayers are out in force this morning, calling for a dismal start to earnings season and a general stock market slide. Looks like a rough Monday, folks. Beyond the momentum-stock selloff The SEC is finally getting serious about its oversight...

Say what? Most Americans feel like they've missed the market's historic bull run

March 12, 2014

Even after a five-year bull market, most Americans feel the stock market's 176% rise has had little effect on their financial well-being. Of course, they have also set aside less than $30,000 for retirement. Poll exposes a generally gloomy mood...

KKR ducks away from the retail market

February 11, 2014

Private equity giant KKR shutters two funds aimed at retail investors, highlighting the challenging of expanding beyond high-dollar investors. Retail market realities Gold hit a three-month high leading up to Fed Chairman Janet Yellen's first...

Hedge funds, private equity chasing retail investors but fees are high and returns aren't

January 26, 2014

Did you hear about how the S&P 500 trounced hedge funds last year? And did you feel the tiniest bit of schadenfreude? For a while there, it was hard not to feel jealous of hedge fund investors. Only certain classes of investors get the chance...

Goldman calls stock market lofty by most measures

January 13, 2014

Goldman finally calls the stock market expensive. Bulls should take heed Global markets jump, dollar skids as Fed policy gets a closer look. Weakest jobs data in three years Bank lobby pushing back on the Volcker rule with legal mumbo jumbo....

Be smart about "smart money"

January 12, 2014

They don't label the “smart money” as such for nothing. As a group, that class of investor includes institutions such as pension funds, sovereign-wealth funds, endowments and even some ultrahigh-net-worth family offices. Why is that money...

Private-equity giants set their sights on alternatives for mom and pop

January 10, 2014

The scramble to gain assets has come to this: Private-equity firms are lining up to court retail investors. The Carlyle Group last week became the latest P-E giant to unveil plans to offer its investing cache to the masses when it filed to launch...

Big PE firms facing $1B settlement in collusion case

December 26, 2013

Some of the world's most renowned private equity firms are staring down the barrel of a $1 billion settlement for collusion. Keeping prices artificially low The Asian stock market rally has pushed the Nikkei index to a six-year high. Comfortably...

Whistle-blower tries to shed light on private-equity transaction fees

December 10, 2013

In 2007, Texas-based utility TXU agreed to the largest leveraged buyout ever: a $48 billion sale to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., TPG and Goldman Sachs. Since then, however, the renamed Energy Future Holdings has piled up $18 billion in losses,...

Mountain of money in nontraded REITs continues to hold Wall Street's attention

November 15, 2013

Wall Street continues to intensify its loving gaze on the once homely and overlooked domain of independent broker-dealers and the hot alternative investments those firms are selling, this time nontraded real estate investment trusts. And why...

Raymond James offers alts to RIAs

August 18, 2013

In an effort to provide a broader array of alternative investments to its advisers, Raymond James Financial Inc.'s investment adviser division will give affiliated RIAs access to the firm's alternative investment platform, beginning next month....

Reg D advertising for public gets OK

July 14, 2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission approved a rule last week that will allow advertising for private-placement securities offerings. In a 4-1 vote, the SEC opened the door for private-equity and hedge funds, as well as brokers selling unregistered...

Now, retail investors can get a P-E buzz – without the hangover

June 26, 2013

There's nothing like a little market volatility to remind investors about the virtues of diversifying into alternative strategies. With that in mind, the current market environment could represent an entry point to the private-equity space,...

PE's new source: Wealth managers

February 3, 2013

Investors know all about The Blackstone Group LP, The Carlyle Group LP and TPG Capital LP. They expect these giant private-equity shops to reap outsize returns on bold, imaginative deals. What stokes the envy of individual investors, however,...

Private-equity jumping into annuities could be bad news for insurers

January 29, 2013

Private-equity firms' appetite for annuity business and takeover targets is starting to worry debt analysts. Companies like Guggenheim Partners LLC, Athene Holding Ltd. and Harbinger Capital Partners have consumed a veritable buffet of annuity...

Private-equity set does tax tango

December 2, 2012

Private-equity managers are bracing for higher taxes in 2013 and in the final weeks of this year are refinancing investments, accelerating gains and shifting what they transfer to trusts. Top earners face higher taxes on wages, investments and...

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