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The Place of Private Equity in a Diversified Investor’s Portfolio

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The recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection filing of Energy Future Holdings Corporation — once the subject of the world’s largest leveraged buyout, and now the biggest private equity bankruptcy since the demise of Chrysler — casts an unflattering light on the rarefied sphere of private equity investment. We take the opportunity to review recent research on the place of private equity in a diversified investor’s portfolio. Read more

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India and the Road Ahead

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With economic growth at a decade low of 5% and a bevy of lagging economic indicators, India has had a rough year, and some analysts are predicting harder times ahead. Is the era of India’s expansive economic growth over? Opinions on the road ahead are divided. Read more

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Diversification or Diworsification?

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During the financial crisis one mangled term to gain widespread use was “diworsification,” the counterintuitive idea that carrying all your investment eggs in one basket might be a better idea than old-fashioned diversification. In recent years, tactical asset allocation and trading out of trouble seemed to protect capital better than traditional approaches. One recent study even suggested that concentrated portfolios may be completely rational for those investors with little financial wealth relative to income. Read more

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Real Energy Independence: Making Oil No Longer “Strategic”

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In the United States, there are some big misconceptions among politicians, the media, and the public about reliance on Middle East oil, according to Anne Korin, co-director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security. Case in point: Recent oil and natural gas discoveries in North America have led US policymakers to mistakenly think this is the solution to all of our problems — that we will no longer be reliant on imports and oil prices will come down. Unfortunately, this is far from reality; prices will continue to be driven by OPEC unless we change factors first on the demand side. Read more

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