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The German Engine: Angela Merkel’s Busy Week

Angela Merkel has been Chancellor of Germany since 2005. This past week may have been one of her busiest in the past 10 years. Merkel came to Washington D.C. to meet with President Obama on Monday. She had a clear position that arming the Ukrainian government was not going to bring about a cease-fire.

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Executing Your Assignment

I spent most of last week in Europe evaluating several interesting opportunities for expanding the Asset International franchise. I am confident that we will have several announcements to make over the next several months that will benefit our clients.

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Looking Ahead to 2015

Before looking forward, I spent some time over the weekend looking back at some earlier January columns and my forecasts. The one that I ended up focusing on was Retirement & Energy Independence: Two Issues to Be Addressed,” from January 2012. I opened with a discussion of NFL wild card weekend and the then-titled BCS National Championship college title game.

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Asset International Announces Acquisition of Corporate Insights

Combination of Investor Economics and Corporate Insights Confirms Asset International’s Aggressive Growth Plans as a Portfolio Company of Genstar Capital

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Asset International Names Carolyn Ullerick Chief Financial Officer

Asset International, Inc. (AI), a leading provider of critical data, business intelligence, and information services to the global investment management industry, is pleased to announce that it has hired Carolyn Ullerick as the company’s Chief Financial Officer.

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AI Preps a DC I-O Data Tool

Strategic Insight, the mutual fund data and research provider is looking to build on its existing presence in the defined contribution business with a new data offering for DC insiders.

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Asset International's Next Chapter

Seven and a half years ago, I left Reed Elsevier with a vision of building a dynamic, global business information platform. I knew from the start that the world was changing, but in January of 2007 we had not foreseen the start of the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. I had decided in the fall of 2006, with my departure from Reed Elsevier being imminent, to partner with Austin Ventures' Growth Equity team. During 2007 and early 2008 we considered five unique business verticals for platform opportunities. It started to become clear in the spring of 2008, as the world's financial foundations began to shake, that if we were going to emerge on the other side and start a recovery cycle the need for transparency and new regulations would drive the growth of the financial information sector.

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Genstar Capital to Acquire Asset International, Inc.

Genstar Capital, a leading middle market private equity firm that focuses on investments in targeted segments of the financial services, software, healthcare, and industrial technology industries, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Asset International, Inc. (AI), a leading provider of data, information and marketing solutions to the global asset management industry.Strong Platform with Superior Data Positioned to Become a Global Leader In Financial Data and Marketing Services

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