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It looks safe to go back in film finance waters

August 23, 2010

Just when financing films was looking too scary, it may be safe to go back into Hollywood. During the boom years of 2004-07, hedge fund managers, private equity barons and bankers splashed out some $15 billion on movies, only to leave mostly scarred for the experience. But it also has left studio executives in a weaker bargaining position, and shifted the industry's dynamics in a way to make an investment a bit more attractive.

GE not ready for a Fed jolt just yet

October 19, 2009

There's been lots of ink spilled on how the government's policies saved the big banks from imploding, but less on how myriad supports propped up Corporate America after investor panic swiftly eliminated its life line to the short-term and long-term debt companies depend on to keep their operations running.