Don't count on BX increasing their dividends anytime soon until 2015! This crisis in the financial sector will lessen as soon as Europe fixes its debt situation, which will put a huge cloud over everyone's heads.
I did not see a relationship between BX and the financial sector/EU situation. They are a private equity company - they own companies mainly along with doing consulting. Profits that they earn are the unitholders payout! The stock market does directly impact BX in that it does need to IPO some of their companies back to the marketplace but they can wait too!