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K. Hartford

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K. Hartford is a Toronto-based finance professional working in asset management.

Ten years have passed since the fall of Lehman Brothers marked the beginning of the Financial Crisis, and the recovery has been considerable. The US economy is booming, stock markets are hitting new all-time highs, and confidence levels for both businesses...

Across the country, class is back in session and students are beginning another year of learning and expanding their minds. But, we shouldn’t be leaving skill improvement to those attending school – after all, ensuring your skills are kept sharp is...

Most people in the world know that Apple is something of an anomaly, having become the first company to cross the $1 trillion mark for market capitalization. Perhaps more striking, however, is its valuation: despite hefty margins and solid growth, Apple...

McKinsey’s annual Private Markets Report for 2017 showed Private Equity firms that raised over $5 billion for buyout funds had grown by a stunning 93% in 2017, climbing to a total of $173.7 billion of fundraising. These so-called “megafunds” are reshaping...

Sequoia Capital recently announced their intentions to raise $8 billion for a new fund to invest in tech. The VC firm, most famous for its early backing of Google, is on the record as saying they need a “bigger war chest”...

It’s no secret that e-commerce is a hot space today – recent retail sales data out of the US shows the space experiencing double-digit growth, year over year, a bright spot in an otherwise lackluster data release. In a fast-paced, winner-take-all...

M&A activity in Japan appears to have picked up in recent months – some of the most notable transactions include a consortium buying Toshiba, KKR’s purchase of Calsonic, and Bain’s rumored winning bid for Takata, among many others. At first glance,...

September has come and gone, and school is back in full swing, with students all over hitting the books. It’s also a good time for M&A professionals to brush up on their skills, whether they’re fresh out of school or have a...

Last month, Warren Buffett’s bid for Oncor, a utility company based in Texas, fell through. This marks the second public failure for the Oracle of Omaha in clinching a large deal this year, the first being when the Unilever takeover by...

The Saga of Toshiba The story of the rise and now very dramatic fall of Toshiba is a soap opera. The Japanese company is an enormous conglomerate, an industrial titan with its fingers in everything from computers to home appliances to involvement...