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The General Motors you want to sue no longer exists, says GM

Carmaker claims immunity from legal liability for ignition-switch defects prior to 2009.  More

China has far bigger challenges than a slowing economy

Growth concerns aside, Beijing must grapple with an unwieldy shadow banking sector.  More

MHS Capital almost done raising new fund

Early-stage VC firm closes in on $75 million.  More

Sorry Milwaukee Bucks fans: Private equity owners aren't much help

The Milwaukee Bucks are getting new owners, but history isn't on their side.  More

Consumer misbehavior: Why we're terrible at buying appliances

Research shows that consumers aren't very good at buying appliances that will save them money in the long run, even when they are explicitly told about those savings.  More

8 CEOs who took a pay cut in 2013

Median CEO pay inched up 9% in 2013 to $13.9 million. But not everyone got a bump last year. Here are eight CEOs who missed out.  More

How to get Americans to save more at tax time

Reminding people of the risks of unexpected financial shocks, such as unemployment and hospitalization, may not be as big of a motivator as automatically enrolling them in a savings plan.  More

Forbes fumbles Obama record on merger politicization

One blocked merger does not make a pattern, even if you pretend it does.  More

Digital financial advisors bulk up: Betterment raises $32 million

Funding comes on the heels of competitor Wealthfront raising $35 million.  More

Citigroup's bad bank is doing better than its good one

Investors might want to take a closer look at the part of the bank Citi executives have been telling them to ignore.  More

3 reasons the economy has some spring in its step

After a winter of confusing economic data, some important indicators show an economy coming out of hibernation.  More

Long-term unemployment: What the U.S. can learn from Sweden

The fact that other wealthy nations like Sweden have dealt with long-term employment means policy makers here can learn from others' experiences.  More

Kleiner Perkins raising $1.2 billion for new funds

Kleiner Perkins raising new early-stage and digital growth funds.  More

Madison Dearborn's patience pays off on Nuveen

Sometimes 'break-even' can be a win.  More

Deals of the day: TIAA-CREF buying Nuveen

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America's (quality) jobs creator: Community colleges

To prep the next generation of workers, getting the right skills is critical. And young people don't have to travel very far to get the training they need.  More

JPMorgan loses money every time it makes a mortgage

That's bad news for the housing market and the economy in general.  More

8 pricey stocks haunting the Nasdaq

Problem underscores a glaring weakness in cap-weighted indexes  More

Greece's economy is still a huge mess

Enthusiasm surrounding Thursday's Greek debt offering illustrates just how desperate investors have become in their futile search for yield.  More

The worrying collapse in global trade

Poor export data out of China is the latest in a series of figures on trade that casts doubt on the health of the global economy.  More

To bribe or not to bribe - your kids?

There are effective ways to do it, but careful it can backfire.  More

Why taxing corporate America is hard to do

The tax burden on U.S. corporations have fallen since the last major tax overhaul in 1986. Simply, it's a deal too good to give up.  More

Collateralized loan obligations: Our next financial nightmare

Greed, stupidity, and slack government oversight fueled the mortgage bubble. The same thing seems to be happening today, but this time with leveraged loans and junk bonds.  More

Citi may be in more legal hot water

The bank may have disclosed a new earnings target to some, but not all, of its investors.  More

Goldman Sachs to invest in AvePoint

Goldman Sachs to acquire stake in maker of big data management and compliance software.  More

Private equity tax breaks: How long will they last?

Are PE funds similar to mutual funds or are they in the business of buying, developing, and then selling companies at a profit? Much hinges on the answer.  More

eBay gets 'even' with Carl Icahn

eBay stock now trading lower than when Carl Icahn first disclosed stake.  More

Two GM engineers placed on paid leave in admission safety recall

Wall Street analysts also scale back automaker's financial forecasts in wake of investigation.  More

Blocking Comcast-TWC will not fix America's Internet monopoly

While the Senate discusses the rising cost of cable TV, the real debate should be over how to provide fast, reliable, and affordable access to the Internet  More

Jamie Dimon says Fed stimulus exit will be easy

The JPMorgan CEO says QE worked.  More

How Warren Buffett and Don Graham are saving $675 million in taxes

Allowing companies to split into separate parts, tax-free, is a long-accepted practice. But now it seems that practice has been twisted into a very effective tax-dodge.  More

Pearl Jam's Dropbox hypocrisy

Dropbox makes major announcement, and a little part of me just died.  More

Ex-Urban Outfitters CEO talks about his new private equity plans

Glen Senk has more than $350 million to invest into growing consumer and retail companies.  More

Inside the world of national cryptocurrencies

What Auroracoin can learn from old-school analog predecessors Berkshares and Philadelphia equal dollar.  More

Deals of the day: La Quinta prices low IPO

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Quora raises $80 million at a near-unicorn valuation

Tiger Global leads investment in Q&A site Quora at around a $900 million valuation.  More

Trouble at Target: 3 questions for CEO Gregg Steinhafel

The U.S. retailer faces a cloud of uncertainty as it deals with the fallout of its credit card data breach.  More

Tech stocks may have more room to fall

Even with last week's drop in the Nasdaq, investors appear to be hoping for too much out of technology stocks.  More

Regulators: Big banks must raise $68 billion to be considered safe

The Federal Reserve specifically cited "too big to fail" as a reason for the stricter rules.  More

Why the SEC is investigating private equity

Are private equity firms ripping off their own investors?  More

The proof is in the data: Time to raise the U.S. minimum wage

The U.S. would see more consumer spending if wages rose.  More

American businesses: Now hiring

Numbers released by the Labor Department Tuesday show that there are more job openings now than at any time since January 2008  More

Changes in the Atlas Venture partnership

Exclusive: Jon Karlen will join the Boston-based VC firm, while Fred Destin will depart.  More

Does the wealthiest 0.1% really fear inflation?

Economists have been arguing for higher inflation targets. But richest 0.1% are likely not to blame for the failure to implement such policies.  More

VC firm Split Rock moves away from healthcare deals

The firm will now focus on investments in software and Internet services.  More

Deals of the day: Questcor Pharma agrees to $5.6 billion deal

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Income taxes: One thing to not get outraged over

Yes the system is screwed up, but it succeeds in progressivity. The rich really do pay higher tax rates.  More

Why investors should fear the return of the buyback

Execs argue that buybacks are a sign of faith in a company's stock, but the data say investors should beware of firms purchasing its own shares.  More

Deals of the day: MobileIron files for IPO

The California-based provider of mobile device management software plans to raise up to $100 million.  More

Why this is the jobs recovery for the 1%

The rebound has been particularly good for those in management and professional services jobs. Finance workers make 20% more.  More

America's young workers: Destined for failure?

They face a very different economy than their parent's generation, so simply working hard and getting a good education is no longer enough.  More

What the Affordable Care Act can learn from Netflix

Consumers could make better choices if exchanges suggested health insurance plans, as the online video service does with movies.  More

Ex-Apple exec Miller steps down as Leap Motion president

Andy Miller to serve as an advisor to the motion-sensing tech company.  More

3 reasons to worry about March's jobs report

Private sector employment levels have reached their 2008 peak, but it's still tough out there for the unemployed.  More

Memo: Blackstone's Asia boss is returning to New York

The Blackstone Group's head of Asia-Pacific investing is returning stateside.  More

The problems with debt-hungry banks

Highly leveraged banks pose risks to the financial system, but policymakers could ease the problem by reforming tax policies favoring debt over equity.  More

Bond investors bet on the ghost of Blackstone CEO future

The asset management firm is still run by its original founders, but that didn't stop investors from betting on its succession plans.  More

Are you paying too much for auto insurance (no, this isn't an ad)?

Yes, there's a decent chance you are. Here's the lowdown.  More

America's economic enemy: Super-low interest rates

The Federal Reserve wants to reduce unemployment, but low borrowing costs could translate to more debt.  More

A really bad idea: Attacking the tax deduction on ads

Why tax experts believe Rep. Dave Camp's proposal is misguided. (And, no, this article isn't totally self-serving.)  More

Can GM afford compensating victims for its malfunctioning cars?

Now that GM has retained lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, observers are speculating that the car maker will create a fund to compensate victims.  More

GrubHub leads today's IPO quartet

Five companies priced IPOs last night, and will list their shares later this morning.  More

Amid IPO, one of GrubHub's risk factors just got riskier

The company is battling a patent lawsuit, and the courts just dealt a bad blow.  More

Leading investor advocate defends fast traders

Arthur Levitt says there is no evidence that suggests individuals are worse off because of high-frequency trading.  More

From Zynga coder to marijuana CEO

Tom Bollich is the new CEO of Surna Inc., which wants to cash in on the burgeoning commercial cannabis market.  More

Deals of the day: Lone Star buying The Money Store

Social Finance, a San Francisco-based student peer-to-peer lending platform, has raised $80 million in new VC funding.  More

Taper advocate to leave the Fed

Jeremy Stein, one of the Federal Reserve's biggest advocates of the need to reduce monetary stimulus, is leaving the U.S. central bank.  More

CBS puts $50,000 pro-pot Times Square ad on hold

A 26-by-20 video ad promoting the New York City marijuana legalization movement and the pot-marketer Weedmaps was put under review by CBS lawyers.  More

El-Erian: Cautious optimism about Greece's return to capital markets

Renewed access to financing must not divert the debt-troubled nation from implementing critical economic reforms.  More

Eric Bolling gets his cleantech facts very wrong

Financial pundit apparently doesn't know much about cleantech history.  More

Amazon throws a firebomb in the battle for your living room

The battle to control your living room is heating up, and Amazon has upped the ante with Amazon Fire TV, a box for streaming video through a television set.  More

Masters, creator of the credit default swap, to leave JPMorgan

The nation's biggest bank is parting ways with one of its most controversial bankers.  More

Hold on to your hard hats: A capital spending boom may be coming

In a new report Schwab's chief investment strategist makes the case for a bump in corporate investing.  More

Are lobbyists the biggest losers post-McCutcheon?

Good-government groups are decrying the Supreme Court's decision on political contributions. K Street isn't too happy about it, either.  More

SecondMarket CEO Barry Silbert: Banks can't ignore Bitcoin anymore

At a debate Tuesday night, Silbert described his vision for a world increasingly accepting of and reliant on bitcoin.  More

How to deepen customer loyalty: Be transparent

Companies should expose their vulnerabilities and own up to their mistakes.  More

Ride-sharing service Lyft raises $250 million

More money for the mustache, as ride-sharing service Lyft raises $250 million from Alibaba and others.  More

How to reform Ukraine's economy

The International Monetary Fund recently agreed to help the debt-stressed country with up to an $18 billion loan, but it can't do it alone  More

Crimea crisis poses a threat to tourism in Spain, Greece

Russia's annexation of the region has weakened the ruble and may mean fewer Russians visit southern Europe this summer.  More

Deals of the day: High-speed trader delays IPO

Transcend Medical Inc., a Menlo Park, Calif.-based developer of medical devices to treat glaucoma, has raised $22 million in Series C funding.  More

Weibo's IPO: Rough sailing ahead?

China's Twitter faces real challenges heading into its IPO.  More

Diabetes drugmaker raises VC funding at massive valuation

Intarcia becomes one of very few biotech startups to gain "unicorn" status.  More

Will Paul Capital's investors revolt?

Private equity firm's management could get the boot.  More

Anatomy of a tax cheat: Caterpillar grilled in Senate hearing

Caterpillar's tax avoidance schemes are more than a problem for cash-strapped governments. They reveal the deeper problems of globalization.  More

Intel's high-priced Cloudera investment looks a bit desperate

Why did Intel pay so much to invest in Cloudera?  More

What's next for Obamacare?

Enrollment came in above recent government projections, but President Obama's signature health care law still faces plenty of issues.  More

Deals of the day: Yahoo's next acquisition?

Cool Planet BioFuels, a Camarillo, Calif.-based developer of biofuels technology, has raised $100 million in Series D funding.  More

Time to invest in Russia?

If you thought Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea was quick, just look at how fast investors have changed their tune on Russia.  More

The most first-quarter IPOs since 2000

The IPO market is closing out a monster quarter, although not all investors have been winners. Particularly retail buyers in March.  More

Is the SEC protecting high-frequency traders?

Michael Lewis has stirred up the debate about how some traders get an unfair advantage. Eric Hunsader, a longtime high-frequency-trading critic who appears in Lewis's book Flash Boys, says not enough attention is being paid to the role of the SEC.  More

Why America's fear of 'too big to fail' is irrational

The reality is U.S. companies across all industries may be 'too big to fail,' not just Wall Street banks.  More

Exclusive: Fred Davis leaving CODE Advisors

Tech and media-focused investment bank loses one of its three founders.  More

Corporate America's foreign cash machine: Signs it may be slowing

As governments coordinate to fix international tax laws on overseas earnings, companies may have to pay more taxes.  More

After 8 years, the real estate market is finally looking normal again

Since 2006, the real estate market has either been severely depressed or white hot. In 2014, it looks to settle down.  More

Deals of the day: Arista Networks files for IPO

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Under fire, popular stock site makes changes

Seeking Alpha says it is "redoubling its efforts" to limit stock promoters on its site.  More

Ackman and Loeb: Critics of governance at Herbalife and Sotheby's

The differing tactics of two activist investors reveal boards with a lack of focus on corporate governance.  More

Billions of reasons for taxpayers to love Ally's IPO

Sale of part of U.S Treasury's stake will yield the public a cash profit  More

Ex-J.P. Morgan banker Cavanagh took pay cut to join Carlyle

The only thing more surprising than Mike Cavanagh's decision to leave J.P. Morgan for The Carlyle Group may be his new compensation package.  More

M&M's newest flavor: birthday cake?

The growing cake-flavored food fad helps you celebrate your birthday every day, but without the candles.  More

Y Combinator's YC VC may lose the actual VCs

Influential startup program Y Combinator is making a major change.  More

Deflating Europe: Is the European Central Bank finally ready to do its job?

Plagued by the persistent threat of deflation, the European Central Bank is considering bringing out the big guns.  More

California teachers still own Bushmaster rifle maker

Cerberus is getting closer to letting investors out of Freedom Group, but it still hasn't happened.  More

IPO watch: Everyday Health

The wellness media company successfully listed shares after one failed attempt in 2010. A welcoming IPO market helps.  More

Redeeming Greenspan: Don't blame the Fed for bubbles

Critics love to call out monetary policy as one of the prime causes of the financial crisis. But the data just don't back that up.  More

Time for bank investors to stress out

Results of the Fed's stress tests may signal it's time for bank investors to look out below.  More

Bitcoin: Both Buffett and Andreessen are right

The legendary investors are taking opposite positions on the virtual currency, but both stances make perfect sense.  More
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