First day of the month means some new commentary is up over at Always worth a look whether you invest in mutual funds, or not.

Jason Singer at the Wall Street Journal reports on the Carlyle Group move into hedge funds, another story in a long line documenting this growing convergence.

John Carney at looks at the investment executive Carlyle has hired to run their hedge fund business.

Roger Ehrenberg at Information Arbitrage examines the many conflicts that may arise in these hybrid private equity/hedge fund organizations.

Still on the subject of private equity, Equity Private has a post on the “nuances of interest rates in large buyout transactions…”

Elizabeth Douglass in the Los Angeles Times on the growing interest of private equity and venture capital types in alternative energy investments.

Speaking of buyouts, Paul R. La Monica at looks at the prospects for a going private transaction for Viacom (VIAb). Parija B. Kavilaz also at explores the world of retail for buyout candidates.

DealBook looks at shareholder activist hedge funds and their ability to be “..a serious force for corporate change.”

Katie Fehrenbacher at GigaOm looks at what Rupert Murdoch might be up to in an upcoming wireless spectrum auction.

CXO Advisory Group notes that July was, in the end, a pretty dull month.

Brett Steenbarger at TraderFeed looks at what some longer term patterns are telling us about the stock market.

Most investment books are not worth the paper they are printed on, but DealBook notes the case of a long out of print value investing book that is now worth a pretty penny.

We were planning on asking our readers for some new investment blog selections, but Random Roger has already done the work.

Martin Fackler at the New York Times reports on the fact that Japanese automakers now make a majority of their cars outside of Japan.

Chris Roush at Talking Biz News has a list of the “best critics of business journalism.” (via

Speaking of journalism, Del Jones at the USA Today reports on the “cesspool of plagiarism” that is the Internet.

At least we don’t have to worry about that whole avian flu thing. (via

For those in search of an after-work potable, a couple of items. Mike Steinberger at looks at the rising profile of wine in a box. The BBC reports on the introduction of a beer brewed with “ice cap water.”

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