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Mar 25, 2013
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Counterparties: Dude, you’re getting a bidding war

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Dell might not be Michael Dell’s much longer. Dell has teamed with private-equity firm Silver Lake to buy the company he founded for $13.65 per share, or $24.4 billion — but now Blackstone and Carl Icahn have each submitted rival bids. Those bids are both worth slightly less than $15 a share, the WSJ reports. If either is successful, Michael Dell is likely to find himself far less powerful at his own company — or even out of a job entirely.

Mar 22, 2013
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Counterparties: The broken brokerage industry

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Where the hell should you put your money these days? If you’re like most Americans, you probably haven’t saved enough for retirement. That the stock market is flirting with an all-time high isn’t actually helpful — it’ll make it that much harder for savers to catch up.

Mar 21, 2013
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Income inequality is increasingly “permanent”

We’ve heard about rising income inequality for years — it’s become a post-recession rallying cry. Even Jamie Dimon seems to think inequality is bad.  

The hope, however, was that this was a cyclical problem — when the economy got cranking again, those of us hit hard by the downturn would start earning more and income inequality would fall.  

Mar 18, 2013
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Counterparties: Insane in the Mediterrain

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Innocent Cypriots, arguably guilty Russians and possibly clueless British expats may be about to have their bank deposits taxed (read: partially taken) to recapitalize Cyprus’s struggling banks.

Mar 14, 2013
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Counterparties: When debt becomes a problem

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If America’s debt is a problem — and both the GOP and Democratic budget plans, to varying degrees, say it is — just when should we start freaking out about it?

Mar 12, 2013
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Counterparties: Thundering herd immunity

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Last week, Eric Holder, the US attorney general, told a Senate committee something many of us had long believed. America’s banks, he worried, may have “become so large that it does become difficult for us to prosecute them.” Bank reform advocates weren’t happy about that statement, which referred to criminal prosecutions rather than civil settlements.

Mar 8, 2013
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Counterparties: The depressingly persistent gender wage gap

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It’s International Women’s Day, which makes today a good day to examine why America just can’t seem to pay women as much as men.

Mar 5, 2013
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Counterparties: Misspent youth

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There’s a reason why we think America’s young generation is doomed (besides the rise of the emoji, that is). The FT and the WSJ both report that the young are no longer partaking in the great American sacraments of bingeing on credit card and mortgage debt. Instead, they’re racking up record amounts of student loans.

Mar 1, 2013
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Counterparties: Andrew Mason’s disruptive behavior

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How should a CEO act? Andrew Mason, the co-founder of Groupon, is stepping down, and his legacy is already being defined with terms like “quirky” and “eccentric”. In a terrific resignation letter, Mason said he’d “like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding – I was fired today.” He may or may not have tweeted obscure Godfather references on the way out.

Feb 27, 2013
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Counterparties: Sequestration nation

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The sequester, those $85 billion in automatic, immediate spending cuts scheduled to go into effect on Friday, wasn’t even supposed to happen.

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