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The recovery's winners
On today's Breakfast with Benjamin menu: Gen Xers enjoy wage gains but others don't. Plus: Bolstering bond returns; thinking about Fed policy; Charlie Munger's contributions to Buffett's success; a private equity manager opens up and remembering 9/11.
Private credit markets offer investors double-digit returns
Private credit markets offer investors double-digit returns. Seen as an alternative to bonds, one direct lending fund returned 12.7% last year.
Schorsch's RCS Capital moves into crowdfunding
With acquisition of Trupoly portal, RCS will run the 'We R Crowdfunding' investment platform.
HighTower gets $100 million loan
BMO Harris and PNC are lending additional funds as the firm looks to expand new platforms.
A case for private equity in DC plans
By addressing four major challenges, advisers can help plan clients gain access to higher returns.
Next on Janet Yellen's to-do list: Winding down a $4.5T balance sheet
On Friday's menu: What's next on Yellen's to-do list. Plus: Small-cap stock weakness as a leading indicator, an SEC official dishes on PE funds, big banks are loving big mortgages, three finance questions you better be able to answer, and getting by on $6,000 an hour.
Yellen takes another stab at offering clarity on Fed policy without jarring the markets
Breakfast with Benjamin: Can Janet Yellen and her Federal Reserve colleagues avoid roiling the markets? Plus: Visa and MasterCard tighten screws on Russian banks, bond ladders get snubbed by a fan of bond barbells, checking the math on alternative-investment performance, and the momentum-stock ...
Markets are bracing for a rough start to the week
Breakfast with Benjamin: Why investors are bracing for a rough start to the week. Plus: The SEC hones in on hedge funds, rethinking stock buyback programs, trading stocks on your phone, and using your phone to break bad habits
PE giant Carlyle Group is eyeing the retail investor market and liquid alts
Breakfast with Benjamin: Private equity giant wants in on liquid alts. Plus: QE might have a fueled high-inflation cycle, the small-cap stock ride is ending, time to get some defense in that portfolio, and the poor outlook for the long-term unemployed
Say what? Most Americans feel like they've missed the market's historic bull run
Breakfast with Benjamin: Why most Americans feel they've missed the market's historic bull run. Plus: Warren E. Buffett offers retirement advice, playing defense with luxury goods, Candy Crush at $21 a share, comparing QE to the telegraph, and Ackman's never-ending obsession with Herbalife
KKR ducks away from the retail market
Breakfast with Benjamin: Private equity giant KKR finds expanding beyond the HNW crowd is not so easy and shuts two retail-focused funds. Plus: Gold jumps on Yellen preview, fund manager changes lead to Morningstar updates, Barclays cuts 12,000 jobs, and another day, another Obamacare delay.
Hedge funds, private equity chasing retail investors but fees are high and returns aren't
Once the domain of institutions and ultra wealthy, hedge funds and private equity funds are seeking ways to tap into the huge pot of 401(k) assets. But given their high fees and so-so returns, investors may be better off avoiding them.
Goldman calls stock market lofty by most measures
Today's Breakfast with Benjamin includes: Goldman's stock market call, a closer look at Fed policy, lawyers pick apart Volcker rule, retailers and cyber security, combining IRAs, and how not to ignore your client's wife.
Be smart about "smart money"
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.
Private-equity giants set their sights on alternatives for mom and pop
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 its first liquid alternatives mutual funds. It joins