Given the condition of the stock market the availability of some leveraged, inverse ETFs cannot come soon enough.

Lawrence Carrel at looks at how these inverse funds will open up some opportunities for investors, especially when borrowing ETF shares to short has become difficult.

Alex Halperin at looks at five software tools that will unleash your "inner rocket scientist."

Daniel Gross at looks at the Greenspan legacy and the difficult constraints it is placing on Bernanke.

Caroline Baum at thinks it will take some time for traders to adjust the way Bernanke does business.

Controlled Greed highlights the informative annual letter of a long established, publicly traded, private equity vehicle.

Zachary Kouwe in the New York Post looks at the less than successful launch of another publicly traded, private equity vehicle. DealBook is also on the case of the "Apollo Me-too IPO."

In other private equity news, Goldman Sachs (GS) is looking to raise at least $10 billion for a new fund according to Caroline Merrell at the Times of London.

David Carey at The Deal reports on the $5 billion private equity real estate fund the Blackstone Group was able put together.

Institutional Investor looks at the liquidity mismatch between the two-year lockup for most hedge funds and the needs of their fund-of-fund investors.

Robert H. Frank in the New York Times wonders why politicians don't listen to (sensible) advice of economists when it comes to the gasoline tax.

The Economist thinks the World Cup is better than the Olympics.

Now that we are coffee bloggers, an article by Julie Bosman in the New York Times caught our eyes. A "class war in a coffee cup" has broken out with coffee purveyors marketing their product in relation to the market leader, Starbucks (SBUX).

Apparently starring in a reality show can put a crimp your bail bonds business. (via Hawaii Business)

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