Alternative Investments

The global alternative investment space now sits at more than $9 trillion in global assets, and we’re just getting started. Roughly 40% of RIAs are using alternative investments. With the RIA space expanding and alternative investment demand rising among investors – a surge in data, news, and opinion will continue. This channel cuts through the noise to give you the most important actionable insight.

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Artificial Intelligence: Coronavirus! This AI Startup Warned of the Outbreak on December 31

Toronto-based BlueDot, which uses big data and AI, red-flagged the coronavirus outbreak in December. BlueDot’s AI-driven health monitoring platform analyzes billions of data points. Its process works something like this: It pores over global news reports, airline data, and animal disease outbreaks using natural language processing and machine learning techniques. The outputs from the platform are scanned by epidemiologists who sound the alert if they spot an outbreak.

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U.K. Government Approves Private Equity Group Advent’s Cobham Buy
December 23, 2019

Advent International can purchase the defense company Cobham Plc for $5 billion. The U.S. private equity firm received permission from the British government after it made several concessions to address…

Former Chicago Board Options Exchange Director Gets Seven Years in Prison
December 23, 2019

Alvin Wilkinson once worked as director of the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Today, he’s facing seven years in prison, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the…

Alternative Investments: SEC to Redefine The Term “Accredited Investor”
December 20, 2019

The SEC is proposing to amend the rules that define the term “accredited investor,” a class of investors allowed to invest in private market investments such as hedge funds and…

CB Insights Notes Record CVC Investment in Fintech
December 19, 2019

According to a report released Tuesday, financial services companies have pumped $8 billion across 329 Fintech deals during 2019. Roughly 50% of those capital injections have come from banks, while…

Warburg Pincus’ Jeffrey Perlman Bullish on Vietnam
December 19, 2019

Jeffrey Perlman of Warburg Pincus is bullish on Vietnam and worried about companies with a high cash-burn rate. In an interview with DealStreetAsia, the Warburg managing director outlined his views…

Alternative Investments: Biotech ETFs Suffer from Political Posturing on Drug Prices
December 19, 2019

The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NasdaqGS: IBB), the largest biotech-related ETF, has been losing ground since Monday. The ETF is locked inside a downward channel and is making lower-highs and…

Dealbook: Private Equity Fundraising to Drop in 2020
December 19, 2019

Private equity fundraising is set to decline next year, according to Pitchbook. In a report, the research firm projected that PE capital raising would slow down in the European and…

SAP Spinoff Venture Capital Group Raises $1.4 Billion for New Opportunities
December 19, 2019

Sapphire Ventures has raised $1.4 billion for growth investments, an outlet that will also provide $150 million to boost larger deals. The group, which spun out of SAP, has traditionally…

Former Hedge Fund Manager Stanley Druckenmiller Has Regrets
December 19, 2019

The Duquesne Family Office finally hit double-digit returns last week, according to Stanley Druckenmiller. In an interview with Bloomberg Television, the former hedge fund manager said he “couldn’t have been…

The Saudi Arabia Sovereign Wealth Fund Launches Fund of Funds Company
December 18, 2019

The Saudi Arabia Sovereign Wealth Fund has launched its own fund of funds firm. The Public Investment Fund will put 4 billion riyal – or $1.07 billion – forward to…