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Dubai Emerging Market Maverick Abraaj Gets A Lifeline – Kenneth Rapoza

The past 12 months weren’t great for emerging markets—but it’s been far worse for Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Group and its founder Arif Naqvi. Bad fortune of being in the wrong place with the wrong people at the wrong time, including a scandal at a key lender, is what did them in. Its fall from being a … Continue reading Dubai Emerging Market Maverick Abraaj Gets A Lifeline – Kenneth Rapoza

Billionaire’s Secret Buyout Formula: 110 Instructions and an Intelligence Test – Miriam Gottfried & Laura Cooper

Billionaire investor Robert Smith believes corporate buyouts can be reduced to a formula. His private-equity firm, Vista Equity Partners, has codified that notion into 110 acronym-heavy directives known as Vista Best Practices. They are secret—stored on a company server that makes a record every time anyone downloads or prints them. Target companies must have “critical … Continue reading Billionaire’s Secret Buyout Formula: 110 Instructions and an Intelligence Test – Miriam Gottfried & Laura Cooper

3 Things To Watch Following McDonald’s Q3 Earnings – Alicia Kelso

With global comp sales up 4.2% and U.S. comp sales up 2.4%, McDonald’s turned in a strong third quarter, and investors are happy for now. But we all know that running a restaurant chain is about more than just making investors happy, right? Beyond the financials, a number of narratives emerged during the company’s earnings … Continue reading 3 Things To Watch Following McDonald’s Q3 Earnings – Alicia Kelso

DTCC Study: Tech Inspired By Bitcoin Could Work For U.S. Equity Markets – Sarah Hansen

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), which provides infrastructure services to financial markets across the globe, has released the results of a new study indicating that the distributed ledger technology (DLT) first popularized by bitcoin is capable of supporting the average daily trading volumes in the U.S. equity market: more than 100 million trades … Continue reading DTCC Study: Tech Inspired By Bitcoin Could Work For U.S. Equity Markets – Sarah Hansen

Ivory Tower In The Cloud: Inside 2U, The $4.7 Billion Startup That Brings Top Schools To Your Laptop – Antoine Gara

In 2014, when Douglas Shackelford was named dean of UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, his most important strategic initiative was clear. UNC was a top-tier public university, but its B-school, barely in the top 20, was on a mission to greatly expand its enrollment without spending much cash. “Our traditional revenue sources were changing, and not … Continue reading Ivory Tower In The Cloud: Inside 2U, The $4.7 Billion Startup That Brings Top Schools To Your Laptop – Antoine Gara

Controlling Costs: Should You Buy New or Used Equipment? – Pj Germain

Making a profit is the primary reason that most businesses are started. Nobody goes into business with the goal of losing money. Once you have committed to starting a business a large portion of your mental energy will be spent on trying to find ways to increase its profitability. Depending on the type of business … Continue reading Controlling Costs: Should You Buy New or Used Equipment? – Pj Germain

How Blockchain Technology Is Helping Remodel the Private Equity Industry – Peter Daisyme

Private equity investment funds have made many people and institutional investors billions. However, structural issues prevent all parties from experiencing the full benefits of this powerful investment vehicle. Real estate investment has proven inaccessible to many investors across the marketplace. It has required massive initial buy-ins and/or intimate market knowledge for profitable participation. Private equity today … Continue reading How Blockchain Technology Is Helping Remodel the Private Equity Industry – Peter Daisyme

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