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Real Estate: National Association of Realtors Issues Report on Cannabis

The National Association of Realtors recently released a report outlining the impact of cannabis on commercial and residential real estate. As legalization spreads across the United States, the industry is booming. Rising cannabis production had created an uptick in demand for industrial and office space. The Association States – where medical and recreational marijuana has been legal for more than three years – have seen more increases in demand for commercial properties. There has been a 42% in demand for warehouses, a 27% increase for storefronts, and a 21% increase for land.

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ESG: Corporate Borrowers Beware; Banks Screening for ESG, Says Fitch
January 9, 2020

ESG bites into banks’ lending to corporates, says a report by Fitch Ratings. Fitch Ratings fielded a survey in the third quarter of 2019 and received 182 responses from banks….

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Fintech: Bond Bot Creator Katana Labs, Incubated at ING, is Spun Off
January 9, 2020

ING announced Tuesday the spin-off of Katana Labs – an in-house start-up nurtured at its ING Lab incubator. ING Ventures, the venture capital arm of ING, will invest £ 1.5…

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Private Equity: Insight Partners To Buy Cloud Giant Veeam in $5 Billion Deal
January 9, 2020

Insight Partners announced plans to purchase Swiss data management firm Veeam Software. The private equity shop plans to purchase the company for $5 billion. Insight will make the purchase about…

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Private Equity: Shoreline’s Inaugural Private Equity Fund Raises $300 Million
January 9, 2020

Private equity firm Shoreline Equity Partners, LLC began raising funds for its maiden buyout fund in March. It announced Tuesday the final closure of the fund at its hard cap…

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Artificial Intelligence: Facebook Bans Deepfake Videos… Advocates Worry
January 9, 2020

Social media firm Facebook announced that it has banned “deepfake” videos from their platform. These altered videos – typically incorporating AI – appear that people are doing or saying something…

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Hedge Funds: AQR Capital is Cutting Staff… “It’s Carnage”
January 9, 2020

AQR Capital has $186 billion under management. Its $2.1 billion Style Premia Alternative Fund lost 8.2% in 2019. And now, the company is cutting its staff for the second straight…

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Artificial Intelligence: The White House Guides on the Regulatory Approach to AI
January 9, 2020

The White House on Tuesday enunciated ten principles to guide federal agencies in the development of laws and regulations addressing artificial intelligence (AI), reported The Hill. The Memorandum issued by…

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Alternative Investments: Citigroup Will Try to Mainstream “Hedge Fund Like” Investments
January 9, 2020

Citigroup wants to bring hedge-fund-like credit investments to accredited investors. The firm is teaming up with online platform YieldStreet to bring $2 billion in assets to mass affluent investors, according…

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Private Equity: Platinum Equity Partners Raises $10 Billion for Fifth Flagship Fund
January 9, 2020

Platinum Equity Partners has joined an exclusive group of alternative investment firms. The private equity shop has raised $10 billion for its latest fund. The firm had raised $7 billion…

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NAREIT 2020 Outlook: The Future Looks Favorable for Real Estate
January 8, 2020

The NAREIT 2020 Outlook emerged this week. Calvin Schnure, Senior Vice President, Research & Economic Analysis at the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) released his annual outlook. Let’s…

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