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Hedge Funds: Shades of LTCM Lurk, Only This Time It Could Be Much Bigger

Regulations hobbled banks’ risk-taking abilities after the last global financial crisis. But risk never really went away, it just switched masks. And hedge funds are the new face of unbridled financial adventurism, according to the IMF and the European Central Bank (ECB).

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Digital Assets: The Dawn of Quantum Computing a Nightmare for Bitcoin?
December 24, 2019

Google’s recent announcement of successful quantum computing could spell doom for 4 million bitcoins. Bitcoin is a massively juicy target for a quantum computing criminal. Financial analysts have long predicted…

Private Equity Firm Lone Star Looking to Buy Unizo Holdings?
December 24, 2019

Unizo Holdings, the Japanese hotel company, said this weekend that a new bidder has emerged with a friendly offer. U.S. investment fund Lone Star is expected to launch a tender…

Alternative Investments: As China Liberalises, Amundi Wins Joint Venture Approval
December 24, 2019

Amundi Asset Management gains an early mover advantage in China. Amundi, Europe’s largest asset manager with € 1.563 trillion of assets, secured approval for the first foreigner controlled wealth management…

Negative Interest Rates Accelerate in Europe, Impact Fund Fees
December 24, 2019

Negative interest rates have added another casualty. According to Pensions and Investments, 50.7% of European government bonds and 28.3% of euro-denominated investment-grade corporate bonds have negative yields.

Alternative Investments: PIMCO’s New ESG-Focused ETF
December 24, 2019

Bond giant PIMCO has launched RAFE, a smart beta ESG ETF. Here’s another environment-social-governance (ESG) focused ETF from PIMCO, the leading fixed-income fund house. Offered in collaboration with Research Affiliates,…

FinTech: ZestMoney, the Loan Startup for India’s Credit-challenged, Raises $20 Million
December 23, 2019

ZestMoney, the Loan Startup for India’s Credit-challenged, Raises $20 Million from Goldman Sachs and others

Morgan Stanley Investment Management Raises $5.5 Billion for Its Third Global Infrastructure Fund
December 23, 2019

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners (MSIP) announced it has raised $5.5 billion for North Haven Infrastructure Partners III. The private infrastructure investment team within Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) raised that…

HFR: New Hedge Fund Launches Decline in the Third Quarter
December 23, 2019

New hedge fund launches declined in the third quarter. This news reverses the trend of the first half of the year. The number of launches fell to its lowest level since…

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…

Adams Street Partners Raises $740 Million for 2019 Global Fund Program
December 23, 2019

Adams Street Partners announce the final closing of the Adams Street 2019 Partnership Fund Program. The firm locked up roughly $740 million in capital commitments. The global fund program received…