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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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Activist Bill Ackman: WeWork is Worth “Zero”
October 31, 2019

Activist Bill Ackman thinks that WeWork might be worthless. During a talk at the Robin Hood investor conference, the hedge fund manager raised concerns about the work-sharing firm’s balance sheet.

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Preqin: Hospitality REITs Looked Strong in 2018
October 31, 2019

A new Preqin report is out. Preqin joined asset manager Pro-invest Group to track the performance of the hospitality REIT industry. The result is a new study showing the sharp…

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Melvin: Digesting KKR Earnings for Q3
October 30, 2019

KKR earnings came out this week. If you read the headlines surround the recent earnings report form KKR and Company (KKR), you would think the world had ended for the private…

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Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System Bets Big on Alternatives
October 30, 2019

Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System is preparing to allocate about $1.4 billion toward alternative investment strategies. A report from Pension and Investments outlines the commitments from the teachers’ pension program. According to the…

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Bakkt To Roll Out Bitcoin Options Before CME; Launch Date December 9
October 30, 2019

Bakkt will gain a lead on CME Group in the race to offer the first regulated options contract for bitcoin futures. Bakkt is the all-new ICE-sponsored Bitcoin exchange. Bakkt’s bitcoin…

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Corporates and Banks Rejoice: Bottomline Launches Real Time Payments
October 30, 2019

Fintech firm Bottomline Technologies enhances its Digital Banking product with the addition of a Real-Time Payments module. Real-time payments are essential these days to a bank’s competitiveness, particularly in the…

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KKR & Co Reports 23% Drop in Quarterly Profits
October 29, 2019

KKR & Co announced a 23% year-on-year decline in quarterly profits today. The firm’s report showed a dip in revenue as asset sales slow among private equity firms. Overall, post-tax…

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Allworth Financial Buys RAA and Expands U.S. Reach
October 29, 2019

Allworth Financial is purchasing RAA, one of the country’s largest financial planning firms specializing in the airline industry. Based in Dallas, RAA manages roughly $2.8 billion of client assets. This…

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Crestline Opportunity Fund III Europe Closes
October 29, 2019

Crestline Investors has announced the final closing of its first European Opportunity Fund. The credit-focused institutional alternative asset manager has called the fund the Crestline Opportunity Fund III Europe.

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Apollo Global Doubles Stake in Athene Holding
October 29, 2019

Apollo Global Management will buy an 18% stake in Athene Holding (NYSE: ATH). The $1.55 billion deal will see Apollo double its stake to roughly 35%. The purchase comprises about…

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