Henny Sender in the Wall Street Journal on how the Blackstone IPO plans could transform the private equity business.

Andrew Ross Sorkin and Michael J. de La Merced in the New York Times note how the Blackstone prospectus may not be all that informative.

Are private equity firms desperate when they target the ‘fickle’ fashion business. (via Wall Street Journal)

John Carney at DealBreaker.com on competition for the title of the biggest private equity deal.

Dwight Cass at breakingviews.com on how private equity has become “covenant-lite borrowers.”

A couple of worthy shoutouts by Brett Steenbarger and Greg Newton.

Chad Brand at the Peridot Capitalist with a word of caution on using website financial statistics.

Barry Ritholtz at the Big Picture with another example of how the market sometimes does get it wrong.

Is the subprime meltdown effect on the economy being overblown? (via MarketBeat)

Accrued Interest on how bad the subprime market is going to get?

A major hedge fund is making a bet that the subprime mortgage market problems aren’t going to get much worse. (via DealBook)

All About Alpha on the fact that alpha is the purpose of investing.

Larry Nusbaum at Millionaire Now! asks what the effect of precious mineral ETFs have had on the overall valuation of gold and silver mining stocks.

Jeff Matthews wonders whether the leadership of Microsoft (MSFT) is missing the boat.

Millisecond trading has arrived according to FT Alphaville.

Greg Newton at NakedShorts is on fire in covering some major media “bloopers.”

Charles E. Kirk at the Kirk Report on the role of luck in trading the market.

Justin Fox at Time.com has a new blog entitled, “The Curious Capitalist.”

Slate.com has a guide to political betting markets.

For readers of Seeking Alpha this is a disappointing development. (via Maoxian)

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