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A $200 million donation by Blackstone founder Stephen Schwarzman, to fund an international scholarship program has drawn comparisons with the Rhodes Scholar program. Flickr\ World Economic Forum

Private equity titan eyes China for a rival to Rhodes Scholarship

American private equity titan Stephen Schwarzman clearly has at least one eye now clearly fixed on the history books. With great fanfare, Schwarzman announced this week he was creating a new scholarship…
Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign thrust private equity into the spotlight. AAP

Private equity, hedge funds, and the ‘pointy end’ of capitalism

It is increasingly difficult to find someone who is agnostic about private equity and hedge funds. Many in the financial industry champion these investment vehicles as a means to deliver absolute returns…
In the wake of the GFC and the Occupy protests, critics have not shied away from voicing their anger at Wall Street. Flickr\Matthew Knott

Making the case for Wall Street

The first thing that strikes you when you re-read the “Declaration” issued in autumn 2011 by the Occupy protesters assembled in Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan is how little of it actually relates…
Public distrust of business and finance has intensified in the wake of the global financial crisis. Flickr\World Can’t Wait

Private equity, hedge funds must be understood to be regulated effectively

In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, much ill-feeling remains towards Wall Street, the investment banks and those individuals who profit from short-term movements in the financial markets…

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