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Artificial Intelligence: Marty the Robot Hunts for Spills in Supermarket Aisles

Marty the supermarket robot is rather smart. Armed with three high-resolution cameras, computer vision, navigation systems, numerous sensors, and smart AI software, Marty is able to sidestep shoppers and pinpoint spills. Marty is a social robot and the first of its kind to be deployed in a live customer environment in supermarkets.

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Venture Capital: Northwestern Mutual’s VC Arm Makes Maiden Investment In a Female Founded Startup
January 16, 2020

Northwestern’s VC arm joined a $3.5 million funding round for U-Nest Inc., a California-based financial services mobile app. U-Nest was founded by Ksenia Yudina, CFA, MBA. The U-Nest app facilitates…

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ESG: Lately-turned Tesla Bull Jim Cramer Adds Fink To The Mix
January 16, 2020

Larry Fink’s emotionally charged plug for ESG ticks all the investment boxes for Tesla. According to Cramer, electric car maker Tesla could be a beneficiary of BlackRock’s new-found love for…

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Liquid Alternatives: The iMaps Investment Strategy Based ETI Launches for Retail Investors On Vienna Bourse
January 16, 2020

The first Exchange Traded Instrument (ETI) from the Liechtenstein-based iMaps ETI plc launched on January 13 on the Vienna Stock Exchange. Asset manager and BaFin licensed PP Asset Management, which…

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Digital Assets: “Its Utility Will Drive The Value of Bitcoin, Not Speculation,” Says Bitcoin Jesus
January 16, 2020

Roger Ver, nicknamed Bitcoin Jesus for his championship of the digital currency, says BTC is now a pyramid scheme. Speaking to BlockTV, Ver said the sole argument in favor of…

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Liquid Alternatives: In 2019, Globally, and especially in Europe, ETFs Raked It In
January 16, 2020

The global ETF market drew in inflows of nearly half a trillion euros (€495bn) in 2019. But European ETFs were a standout, pulling in €104bn of net new assets, and…

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Investment Company Institute: Funds are Pouring Money into Bonds
January 16, 2020

The Investment Company Institute cited the largest outflows of capital from mutual funds and ETFs since September. During the first full week of 2020, fund investors pulled $13.1 billion out…

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Hedge Funds: Bridgewater Co-CIO Is Bullish on Gold Prices
January 16, 2020

Bridgewater Co-CIO Greg Jensen believes that gold prices could hit $2,000 or more. Jensen told the Financial Times this week that geopolitical uncertainty and inflationary policies could press gold at least 30%…

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Private Equity: AMP Capital’s Global Infrastructure Fund II (GIF II) Fund Closes with $3.4B Kitty
January 15, 2020

In an impressive encore, AMP Capital’s latest Global Infrastructure Fund II romped home with $3.4 billion, well-ahead of its targeted raise of $3 billion. The predecessor fund raised $2.4 billion…

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Artificial Intelligence: Chinese Think Tank Doesn’t Think AI and Robots Will Destroy Jobs
January 15, 2020

The Chinese people need have no fears that their jobs would be taken over by artificial intelligence and robots says a government report. According to a report by The Chinese…

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Hedge Funds: BlackRock To Back Up ESG Rhetoric With Action
January 15, 2020

Change is afoot at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager. The firm is finally veering around to using its enormous financial and investment clout to push for climate action, according…

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