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Tips to live life to the fullest

I did not write these tips, but I think these are so true; I am pasting them in my blog to remind myself that there is life beyond my boundaries. “The proper function of man is to live – not to exist.” — Jack London Too often we go through life on autopilot, going through […]

MCSD, here I come

I overestimate certifications – especially when I see them in big bold colorful letters on peoples’ resumes. I’ve been thinking of MS certification for the last few years, but never set aside the time to study and take the 5 exams. For some reason, I browsed to the MS certification site on friday night, came […]

Private Equity in our backyard

To draw an accurate picture of the performance of private equity and hedge funds, we defer to a mega-fund in our own backyard – the CalPERS Alternative Investment Management (AIM) Program. Since 1990, this fund has invested in four major areas of private equity – Venture Capital, Buyout Financing, Expansion Capital, and Mezzanine Debt Financing […]

FIG Valuation – Not the typical widget maker

Ever since hedge fund performance took the limelight, hedge funds have been charging exotic fees to the range of 1-2% of total assets plus a considerable chunk (10-30%) of actual profits. For companies like Fortress, revenues come from two sources: Management Fees – This is the fee that asset management companies levy from their investors […]