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Digital Assets: Ray Dalio – Cash is trash; BTC is Untouchable; Libra Maybe; Stocks are Good; Gold is Best

Ray Dalio, a long time bitcoin sceptic, again panned the cryptocurrency at Davos. Cash is trash; BTC is Untouchable; Libra Maybe; Stocks are good; Gold is Best, he said.

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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…

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…

Hedge Fund Marcato Capital to Shut Down, Return Capital to Investors
December 23, 2019

Marcato Capital Partners will showdown after two years of lackluster returns. Multiple media outlets reported the developments on Sunday. According to such reports, Marcato founder and PM Richard McGuire started…

Private Equity Firm Lone Star Buys BASF Chemical Business
December 23, 2019

Lone Star, the Dallas-based PE shop, has purchased the Construction Chemicals business of BASF. The $3.51 billion deal will likely close in Q3 2020. The deal comes as BASF attempts…