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Private Equity Shops are Going on a Startup Spending Spree, Says Pitchbook

A new Pitchbook report shows that private equity shops are snapping up an interesting alternative investment. Flush with dry powder, PE shops have been snapping up VC-backed startups, according to a report from Pitchbook. 

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Hedge Fund Marshall Wace is Shorting Denmark’s Largest Lender
January 6, 2020

Marshall Wace has taken a short position against Danske Bank. The Danish FSA said that the firm has a short position that reaches the threshold of 0.5% of issued shares. 

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Tim Melvin: Expectations for REITs in 2020
January 6, 2020

NAREIT – the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts — explored REITs’ strong 2019 performance and linked the sector’s success to a bounceback from 2018’s lackluster performance.  Last week’s…

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Artificial Intelligence: Do the Risks Outweigh the Recent Hype?
January 6, 2020

Artificial intelligence supremacy has become a hot topic in recent weeks in the medical community. This week, the journal Science Translational Medicine published research on the advancements of AI in…

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Vanguard Joins the Crowd and Eliminates Trading Commissions
January 6, 2020

Vanguard ETF commissions and stock commissions don’t exist anymore. The firm has expanded its commission-free online trading for stocks and options to all Vanguard Brokerage clients.

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Alternative Investments: The Ford Mustang Steve McQueen Drove in Bullitt Could Fetch A Record Price
January 6, 2020

Remember grim-faced, dogged Steve McQueen chasing a couple of goons up and down the streets of San Francisco in that iconic car chase in Bullitt? The car McQueen drove in…

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Green Street Advisors: Data Center REITs Will See More Demand
January 6, 2020

Green Street Advisors analyst David Guarino says that data consumption trends will accelerate in the future. This provides support to his thesis that data center demand will increase. It also…

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MIG Capital Pushes Groupon for a Board Seat
January 3, 2020

MIG Capital is pushing Groupon to push its CEO Richard Merage on the shopping-deal provider’s board of directors. The activist fund with $1 billion in AUM owns 5% of Groupon…

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Digital Assets: South Korea Backtracks on its Central Bank Digital Currency
January 3, 2020

South Korea may consider a central bank digital currency (CBDC) after all. Contrary to indications it gave in January 2019, the Bank of Korea said on December 1 that “we…

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Digital Assets: Fraudulent, Unregistered Crypto Firm That Stole from Investment Advisors Shut Down
January 3, 2020

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s Securities Division issued a final order to cease and desist against unregistered firm Mavixbtc Limited. Mavixbtc had fraudulently represented itself as registered with both the…

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Digital Assets: A Chinese Blockchain ETF May Soon See The Light of Day
January 3, 2020

Shenzen-based fund manager Penghua Fund applied to China’s Securities Regulatory Commission for approval to launch an ETF tracking listed stocks related to blockchain. Penghua applied on December 24 for the…

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