Tony James Outlines His Plan for ‘Rescuing Retirement’

February 15, 2018

Over the next two decades, nearly 10,000 Americans will reach retirement age every single day. They deserve to live their golden years in dignity. Instead, many will experience a dramatic drop in their standards of living. Because of a looming crisis of inadequate retirement savings, America risks facing rates of poverty among senior citizens not seen since the Great Depression – and the strain of this newly poor population will devastate federal, state, and local budgets for decades to come.

In his new book with co-author Teresa Ghilarducci, Rescuing Retirement, Blackstone’s Tony James proposes a bi-partisan and surprisingly simple solution to this problem. It’s built on personal responsibility, facilitates personal savings, and guarantees that all full-time workers can be secure in their retirement. Listen to Tony James discuss his plan to fix the looming retirement savings crisis on the latest episode of the Blackstone podcast to learn more.

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Byron Wien’s Ten Surprises for 2018

January 17, 2018

In this edition of the Blackstone podcast, Vice Chairman Byron Wien sat down with Head of Private Wealth Solutions and External Relations Joan Solotar to talk more about his ten surprises for 2018 – covering topics ranging from oil prices to Xi Jinping’s focus on China’s credit problem.

In addition to his 10 surprises, Byron talks more about his “also rans” – surprises for 2018 that didn’t make the top 10 such as cryptocurrency, the Mueller investigation and cyberattacks.

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Disclaimer:

The views expressed in this commentary are the personal views of Byron Wien of Blackstone Advisory Partners L.P. (together with its affiliates, “Blackstone”) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Blackstone itself. The views expressed reflect the current views of Mr. Wien as of the date hereof and neither Mr. Wien nor Blackstone undertakes to advise you of any changes in the views expressed herein.

This commentary does not constitute an offer to sell any securities or the solicitation of an offer to purchase any securities. Such offer may only be made by means of an Offering Memorandum, which would contain, among other things, a description of the applicable risks.

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How Hedge Funds Can Be Built To Last

December 15, 2017

Hedge funds tend to be products of a founder, tied inseparably to that person for both fundraising and strategy. As a result, the business itself doesn’t outlive the founder. It’s a cruel irony that these organizations, with such talent and substantial assets under management(AUM), are unable to create going concern value. We believe it’s not only possible to build hedge fund businesses with going concern value, it’s important to do so.

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Episode 2 - Transformational Change: How Blackstone Approaches Energy Efficiency

September 25, 2017

Don Anderson, Blackstone's Chief Sustainability Officer, sits down with Christine Anderson, Global Head of Public Affairs, for episode 2 of Transformational Change – our new podcast series on the ways we think about operational improvements. Don looks at the challenges facing companies today and shares how Blackstone has achieved significant savings across its portfolio.

 

 

 

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Vern Perry on the Evolution of Secondary Private Equity

September 18, 2017

Vern Perry, Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Strategic Partners, sat down to discuss the trends shaping the secondary market in our recent podcast. Vern looks at the trends behind buyers and sellers of secondary private equity today, and shares how Strategic Partners is addressing the needs of investors against this changing backdrop. 

Neither this podcast nor any of the information contained herein constitutes an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any security or instrument in or to participate in any trading strategy with any Blackstone fund or other investment vehicle. 

Past performance is not indicative of future results and there is no assurance that any Blackstone fund will achieve its objectives or avoid significant losses. This podcast may contain forward-looking statements; such statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties.

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Episode 1 - Transformational Change: Lean Process with Dave Calhoun and Jeff Overly

June 6, 2017

The first episode of ‘Transformational Change’ – our new podcast series on the ways we think about operational improvements in our portfolio companies. For our first episode, Christine Anderson, Global Head of Public Affairs, sits down with Dave Calhoun, Head of Portfolio Operations and Jeff Overly, Blackstone’s lean specialist. Dave and Jeff discuss the history of lean [0:30], implementing lean processes at Gates [3:50], the lean leadership at Service King [8:05], creating cultural change at Michaels [9:50], and looking to the future of the practice [13:05].

Neither this article nor any of the information contained herein constitutes an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any security or instrument in or to participate in any trading strategy with any Blackstone fund or other investment vehicle. Past performance is not indicative of future results and there is no assurance that any Blackstone fund will achieve its objectives or avoid significant losses. This article may contain forward-looking statements; such statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties

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Dave Calhoun on Creating Value through Portfolio Operations

February 27, 2017

Today on the Blackstone podcast, our channel dedicated to the insights, conversations and news from across our firm, we’re sharing an interview with Dave Calhoun, head of Portfolio Operations. Dave recently sat down with Joe Lohrer from Private Wealth Solutions to discuss the ways Blackstone creates value in our portfolio companies.

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Blackstone Q4 2016 Media Call

January 27, 2017

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Blackstone Q4 2016 Investor Call

January 26, 2017

Neither this podcast nor any of the information contained herein constitutes an offer of any Blackstone fund.

This podcast may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 which reflect Blackstone’s current views with respect to, among other things, Blackstone’s operations and financial performance. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “outlook,” “indicator,” “believes,” “expects,” “potential,” “continues,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “approximately,” “predicts,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates” or the negative version of these words or other comparable words. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Accordingly, there are or will be important factors that could cause actual outcomes or results to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. Blackstone believes these factors include but are not limited to those described under the section entitled “Risk Factors” in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, as such factors may be updated from time to time in its periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in our quarterly earnings presentation and in the filings. Blackstone undertakes no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

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Joe Baratta on the private equity perspective

November 4, 2016

Blackstone’s Joe Baratta, Global Head of Private Equity, sat down with Christine Anderson, Global Head of Public Affairs, to discuss what he sees in across the markets today. He reflects on our current low interest rate environment, trends in the energy market, the impact of the UK referendum and the lessons he’s learned over his career.

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