Hot Links: NFL Injuries, Bill Miller's "Comeback" & the Second Depression

Hot Links for Morning Reading… Thanks to The Pragmatic Capitalist for taking on that Barron’s Bill Miller piece.  You’re exactly right.  (PragCap) The Thomas Palley Second Great Depression piece everyone will be talking about today.  (FT) Big Story: How the online shopping monster can kill the recovery.  (NYP) Fire sale at Blackstone: Up to 8…

Private Equity, Public Embarrasment

Apollo Management sure has made some awful deals recently… From Bloomberg: Apollo founder Leon Black, 57, is trying to salvage some of the $60 billion worth of companies he has acquired since 2006. Retailer Linens ‘n Things Inc. filed for bankruptcy last year. Casino operator Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. is restructuring debt to stave off default….

The Distressed Asset Sweepstakes Begins

Here are a pair of encouraging signs of the thaw… From Forbes:  Carl Icahn knows a good deal when he sees one.  Following months of anticipation, the billionaire and activist investor made a $200.0 million offer to acquire the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City on Tuesday…year-earlier bids for the struggling casino were closer to $1.0…