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GSO's Bennett Goodman builds US$95b debt engine

Junk finance firms like his lend money directly to often risky companies

At GSO, Mr Goodman (above) is prepared to own a business through bankruptcy and sell later if needed. He weighs up a company's sources of liquidity, the value of its assets, who might buy them and at what price.

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BACK in the Dark Ages of Wall Street, when Dow 1,000 was heady stuff, a small company from Texas did something extraordinary. It sold new junk bonds. That was 40 years ago, and few could have predicted what would follow: the junk-finance revolution, the '80s merger mania, the...

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