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  • The Five Myths of Private Equity

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 15 Jul 2011

    I meet face to face an average of 500 entrepreneurs a year and I keep hearing the same question: Why is every private equity fund with which we meet trying to take advantage of us? I will be the first to admit there are some real predators out there looking for an opportunity to take advantage...

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  • Is it all about Incompetence or Just Pretense?

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 16 May 2011

    It is clear to everyone today that President Obama hasn't been able to rein in the giant banks or significantly lower unemployment. Obama is following disproven models, and has appointed economists who either helped cause the crisis in the first place, or who have drunk the Kool-Aid of failed econom...

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  • So is the US Economy in a depression or on the way to a recovery?

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 28 Apr 2011

    The April 20-23 Gallup survey of 1,013 U.S. adults found that only 27 percent said the economy is growing, 29 percent said the economy is in a depression and 26 percent said it is in a recession, with another 16 percent saying it is "slowing down". That means that more Americans think the country...

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  • Winning v/s Losing the Middle East geo-political/geo-economic War in the making

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 04 Apr 2011

    The recent disturbances in a number of Middle East countries including but not limited to Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain, Libya, etc…. are separately explained by many conservatives and liberals as evidence of a sudden Muslim thirst for democracy — driven by poverty, political suppression...

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  • Why partnering with a single or multi-private family office is the optimal way to access private equity capital today

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 01 Mar 2011

    There is no doubt that the private equity business is today under tremendous pressure. In fact, our extensive research at Blackhawk Partners; as recent as January 15 of this year, has found that most private equity firms expect the fundraising environment to remain very difficult and still experi...

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  • What is so Inherently Wrong with the US Economic - Political Model Towards the Middle East?

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 25 Feb 2011

    Machiavelli once wrote that princes should see to it that they are either respected or feared; what they must avoid at all cost is to be despised. To have made itself despised as irrelevant: That is the legacy of US faithlessness and willful blindness in the Middle East. It is obvious to any idio...

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  • Can we separate Economics and Politics?

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 21 Feb 2011

    Some people criticize the injection of politics into economic discussions. But economic historians tell us that economists used to understand and accept that economics is wholly interrelated with politics, and that politics affects our economy. They note that modern economists have artificiall...

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  • What's wrong with hedge funds today?

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 01 Dec 2010

    For those of you who don’t know; a hedge fund is basically a pooled investment vehicle (like a mutual fund) where there are absolutely no constraints on what the investment portfolio manager can do with the money. Sociologist, author, and financial journalist Alfred W. Jones is credited with th...

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  • The Federal Reserve's True Agenda and how to deal with it

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 15 Nov 2010

    Following up on my blog of July 15, 2010 entitled “Why Reshaping the Federal Reserve is today an Absolute Must”  I thought I’d share these thoughts with you, demonstrating the Federal Reserve’s true agenda in the economy today, and why reshaping the Fed is again needed more than ever at thi...

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  • Why Blaming China on our Economic Woes is a Cover up that is Foolish and that will not Stand

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 07 Oct 2010

    There is clearly a tendency today for countries all over the world to “beggar thy neighbor” (just as happened during the 1930s) and gain a leg up for their exports by cheapening their currencies. “Beggar thy neighbor” for those who are not familiar with the term or “beggar-my-neighbor...

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