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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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Community Banking: Evans Bancorp to Buy FSB Bancorp
December 20, 2019

Evans Bancorp announced this week plans to purchase FSB Bancorp (FSBC) for approximately $34.7 million. The price of $17.80 per share for FSB Bancorp will be paid 50% in cash…
Hedge Funds: November 2019 Saw Good Gains, says Preqin
December 20, 2019

A rally in the global markets pushed November hedge fund returns higher. The Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Funds benchmark gained +1.29% in November. That built on a +0.88% return in October…
Hedge Funds: ValueAct Capital Gets Access to Confidential Citi Information for Another Two Years
December 20, 2019

ValueAct Capital Gets Access to Confidential Citi Information for Another Two Years. In return, ValueAct will support Citi’s board and management. ValueAct Capital, one of the most followed activist hedge…
Real Estate: LaSalle’s 2020 ISA Advises Strategic Caution
December 20, 2019

The annual strategy report from LaSalle advises investors to maintain a strategic balance of offensive and defensive positions. LaSalle Investment Management’s Investment Strategy Annual (ISA) 2020 says investors need to…
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…
Activist Update: Jonathan Litt Wants to Create a Casino REIT Colossus
December 20, 2019

Jonathan Litt Wants to Create a Casino REIT Colossus. Litt’s firm, Land & Buildings (L&B), has accumulated a “significant” position in GLPI, Litt revealed on Twitter on Wednesday. Besides, GLPI…
Melvin: Hedge Fund Tiger Cubs Still Bullish on Chewy, But Why?
December 20, 2019

Is Chewy a good stock to buy? Not according to David Einhorn. In his 2nd quarter shareholder letter, the Greenlight Capital manager talked disparagingly about Chewy (CHWY), the online pet products…
Artificial Intelligence: Walmart’s Cutting Edge Use of AI and Machine Learning in Retail
December 20, 2019

Walmart straddles both brick-and-mortar and online, giving it a unique tech perspective. In new applications, Walmart uses machine learning, barcode technology, facial recognition, IoT, and RFID to enhance the shopping…
Artificial Intelligence: AI Makes Steady Inroads Into the US Economy
December 19, 2019

Stanford University’s latest report, AI Index, provides useful insights into the progress of AI. According to the report, Singapore, Brazil, Australia, Canada, and India experienced the fastest growth in AI…

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…

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