This special section takes an in depth look at investment options and trends, as well as the venture capital market for emerging companies.

  • Local business community, flush with cash, takes on risk for higher returns

    One of the main themes of the current economic environment is that global markets are awash with immense levels of cash fueled by, among other factors, relatively low interest rates.

  • How Najafi cos. hit the buyout jackpot

    In the tech-stock doldrums of 2003, a boutique private-equity firm now called Najafi Cos. quietly paid $20 million of its own cash and assumed $80 million of debt to take VeriSign Inc.'s (Nasdaq: VRSN) Network Solutions unit private. For the next few years, Network Solutions LLC -- a provider of Web address registrations -- stayed under the radar.

  • Madison Dearborn agrees to buy CDW for $7.3 billion

    Madison Dearborn Partners LLC, the manager of a $6.5 billion leveraged buyout fund, agreed to buy CDW Corp. (Nasdaq: CDWC) for about $7.3 billion to tap cash flow generated by the computer reseller.

  • Cooperative efforts bring the credit union message home

    The banking industry nationwide is continuing an organized campaign calling for both federal and state governments to eliminate the tax-exempt status of credit unions. To counter these attacks and deliver the credit union message to elected officials and members of the community, organized outreach campaigns are continuing at the national and state levels. Regionally, the Credit Union Alliance of San Diego is bringing the message home by localizing a two-state Public Advocacy Program sponsored by the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues.

  • Small-business banking: The North Island Credit Union solution

    Small businesses, many of which face high costs and inaccessible service from other financial institutions, need the type of member-focused flexible services that credit unions specialize in offering. Small businesses are extremely dependent on branches, and they demand flexible and extended hours of operation as well as higher levels of responsiveness and support from branch staff. These are areas in which credit unions excel.

  • Clear Channel shareholder Highfields approves buyout

    Highfields Capital Management agreed to support a $19.5 billion buyout of Clear Channel Communications Inc. (NYSE: CCU), the largest U.S. radio broadcaster, in exchange for the right to name a director and have a say in company transactions.

  • News Corp. agrees to buy Photobucket, Flektor sites

    News Corp. (NYSE: NWS), owner of the MySpace online social network, agreed to buy Web site owners Photobucket Inc. and Flektor Inc. to add digital picture services that let users store, edit and share images.

  • CEO leads Swiss backlash over executive pay

    In Switzerland, long a haven for big money, a backlash is developing against outsized executive compensation.

  • In new net economy, everyone gets to be stupid

    Entrepreneurs tend to pitch their startups with plucky certitude about their projects' usefulness and chances for success. Listen, though, to how entrepreneurism expert Guy Kawasaki describes Truemors.com, his startup Web site opening for business Wednesday.

  • Goldman takes 'private' equity to a new level

    Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) ranks as the most profitable securities firm on Wall Street -- reflecting its mastery of trading on the world's public markets.

  • Tricky issue spurs tax court ruling, IRS warning

    The Internal Revenue Service is stepping up efforts to prevent taxpayers from deducting losses on activities that aren't genuine businesses run to make a profit. The problem: It's not so easy to tell a budding business from a hobby.

  • More hedge-fund IPOs likely this year, bankers say

    NEW YORK -- In the wake of Fortress Investment Group LLC's (NYSE: FIG) successful initial public offering, more hedge funds are likely to go public this year, according to investment bankers speaking at an industry conference last week.

  • Mack plays game of catch-up at Morgan Stanley

    When John J. Mack became chief executive of Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) in 2005, he was disquieted by what had become of the big securities firm he had left four years earlier. The firm wasn't wagering much of its own money with big trades and investments, missing Wall Street's latest gold mine. Its bankers were losing out on far too much mergers-and-acquisitions work.

  • Profit could be lost with new accounting statements

    Pretty soon the bottom line may not be, well, the bottom line.

  • A way to fight big rivals: Play up style and service

    When Samsung went searching for a U.S. retail partner to showcase one of its two specially made 80-inch, $150,000 plasma TVs, it didn't tap any of the big national names like Best Buy Co. (NYSE: BBY) or Circuit City Stores Inc. (NYSE: BB).

  • Private equity: Is deal frenzy nearing end?

    It would be a fool's game to predict the end of the private-equity buying frenzy, but certainly some signals are there.

  • Venture-financed survivors of Internet bubble hope to go public

    NEW YORK -- The debut of BigBand Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: BBND) on the Nasdaq Stock Market in March was welcome news for venture investors, eager for signs that the public markets are again a reliable way to cash out.

  • What women want: How women are increasingly taking charge of their financial path

    In a society where women are increasingly involved in business activities, it is no surprise that women are now more involved in daily financial matters. With the disparity in pay between men and women lessening within "corporate America," women now have the ability to be financially independent and take control of their financial future. In addition, women are becoming the "heads of their households" and making more money than their husbands and/or handling the responsibility of paying the family's bills.

  • Qualcomm to invest $134.8 million in European companies

    San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM, News) announced a commitment to invest euro 100 million, or about $134.8 million, in European companies offering innovative technologies and services that enhance the global wireless communications ecosystem.

  • Number of companies going public skyrocket in volume, capital

    Lost in all the excitement over the flood of private-equity money into the stock market in 2007 has been the increase in the number of new companies going public with initial stock offerings.

Cash & Capital

Profiles

  • Roth Capital Partners seeks to cast wider investing net

    The owners of Provide Commerce wanted to take their company public. The San Diego-based company, which provides a marketplace of Web sites that sell perishable goods, such as Pro Flowers, didn't have to look far for help.

  • On an island of its own: Coronado First Bank aims high in pursuit of growth

    As Bruce Ives sees it, a bank's success lies in its ability to give its customers something unique. That's why Ives, president and CEO of Coronado First Bank, has built the Coronado-based community bank on a platform of cutting edge technology coupled with a service-oriented approach to business relationships.

National News

  • How Najafi cos. hit the buyout jackpot

    In the tech-stock doldrums of 2003, a boutique private-equity firm now called Najafi Cos. quietly paid $20 million of its own cash and assumed $80 million of debt to take VeriSign Inc.'s (Nasdaq: VRSN) Network Solutions unit private. For the next few years, Network Solutions LLC -- a provider of Web address registrations -- stayed under the radar.

  • Madison Dearborn agrees to buy CDW for $7.3 billion

    Madison Dearborn Partners LLC, the manager of a $6.5 billion leveraged buyout fund, agreed to buy CDW Corp. (Nasdaq: CDWC) for about $7.3 billion to tap cash flow generated by the computer reseller.

  • Clear Channel shareholder Highfields approves buyout

    Highfields Capital Management agreed to support a $19.5 billion buyout of Clear Channel Communications Inc. (NYSE: CCU), the largest U.S. radio broadcaster, in exchange for the right to name a director and have a say in company transactions.

  • News Corp. agrees to buy Photobucket, Flektor sites

    News Corp. (NYSE: NWS), owner of the MySpace online social network, agreed to buy Web site owners Photobucket Inc. and Flektor Inc. to add digital picture services that let users store, edit and share images.

  • CEO leads Swiss backlash over executive pay

    In Switzerland, long a haven for big money, a backlash is developing against outsized executive compensation.

Archived Reports

Cash & Capital - 2006

This special report discusses various avenues for finding sources of capital for your business needs and creative ways to improve cash flow. Plus, learn what to do with that cash once you have it.

Cash & Capital - 2005

In this special report, we explore various avenues for finding sources of capital and creative ways to improve cash flow. We also discuss ways to determine how much cash is needed to accomplish business goals and what to do with it once it's acquired.