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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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Digital Assets: Blockchain Securities May See New Dawn in 2020
February 14, 2020

Regulatory progress may lay the base for a revival of blockchain-based securities such as tokens and ICOs. According to Aaron Kaplan, the SEC’s strategy to crack down on digital assets…

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Venture Capital: Chinese Startups On The Rocks As Funds Dry Up Following Virus
February 14, 2020

The flow of funds to Chinese startups has been severely constricted after the coronavirus outbreak. Venture capitalists rely on mutual contacts, conferences and field visits to monitor progress at startups…

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Liquid Alternatives: Lyxor Launches High Yield Bond ETFs With ESG Exposure
February 14, 2020

Lyxor launches three new ETFs for investors looking to invest in high yield bonds with a sustainability angle. Lyxor’s new ETFs have a total expense ratio (TER) of 0.25%, the…

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FinTech: EasyEuro, the Platform for SMB Remittances Between China and Europe, Raises $4M
February 14, 2020

EasyEuro, the Platform for SMB Remittances Between China and Europe, Raises $4M. EasyEuro is fintech that focuses on digital banking and global B2B remittances, especially between Europe and China. This…

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Artificial Intelligence: Shell’s Initiative to Bring Employees Upto Speed on AI
February 14, 2020

About 2,000 employees at Royal Dutch Shell have shown interest in or been sounded out by the company, in online AI courses offered by Udacity. The courses are free for…

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BlackRock Makes Big ESG Push on ETFs
February 14, 2020

BlackRock ESG ETFs have emerged as a popular draw among institutional investors. This week, the alternative investment manager announced a $600 million investment from Finland’s largest pension insurance firm. Ilmarinen…

Private Equity: Ares Management Corporation Reports Quarterly Earnings
February 13, 2020

Ares Management Corporation (NYSE: ARES) beat earnings expectations for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 reports. GAAP net income attributable to Ares Management Corporation was $38.5…

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Hedge Funds: Rishi Sunak Takes Over Role as British Chancellor
February 13, 2020

Rishi Sunak has become the new U.K. Chancellor after the sudden resignation of Saji Javid. The news comes amid a shakeup in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet. It was a…

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Venture Capital: Sequoia Eyes Europe; To Set Up Base in London
February 13, 2020

Sequoia Capital, the storied venture capital firm that funded the likes of Apple, Google, PayPal, Dropbox, LinkedIn, Eventbrite, Airbnb, Stripe, and WhatsApp, is dropping anchor in London. According to The…

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Liquid Alternatives: Credit Suisse Back In The ETF Game; Launches Three Funds including ESG
February 13, 2020

Credit Suisse announced the addition of three new, “ultra-efficient” ETFs to its range of funds. These funds will supplement the existing Credit Suisse index Funds. Credit Suisse Asset Management had…

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