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Alternative Investments: Activists Will Get Busy Soon, Says Tim Melvin

As companies become more undervalued as the economy slows because of shutdown orders across the United States, I expect that the pace of activist activity to increase. We should see more filings later this week as investors hit the deadline to file on shares purchased during the selloff that started yesterday.

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Is Private Equity Giant KKR Buying Walgreens Boots Alliance?
November 11, 2019

Is KKR buying Walgreens Boots Alliance? Based on a new buyout proposal, the answer could be “yes.” The private equity giant has put together a $70 billion proposal that would take…

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With Tencent Backing It, a Virtual Blockchain Bank May Launch Sooner Than You Think
November 11, 2019

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority has approved the issue of a banking license for a virtual bank to Tencent. Hong Kong has been quick off the mark to give digital…

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The Top Market for European Real Estate Investment Is…
November 11, 2019

The top European real estate market for investors is Paris, France. That rank comes from a new report on emerging trends in the European markets from PwC and ULI. Paris…

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Billionaires’ Wealth Falls for First Time in Three Years
November 11, 2019

The richest people in the world saw their wealth decline in 2018 for the first time in three years. According to the UBS/PwC Billionaires’ Report, the selective class of billionaires…

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Nasdaq Deploys Artificial Intelligence for Market Surveillance
November 11, 2019

Nasdaq, for the first time, has brought in A.I. and machine learning to detect any malicious trading. “By incorporating AI into our monitoring systems, we are sharpening our detection capabilities…

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CEO Firing: McDonald’s Investigation Commenced Weeks Before
November 11, 2019

McDonald’s became aware of CEO Steve Easterbrook’s relationship with a female employee two weeks before his firing on November 1. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company’s general counsel…

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Does the Apple Card Like Women Less, or is it ‘black-box’ A.I.? DFS Investigating…
November 11, 2019

New York’s DFS, a financial regulator, will investigate whether the Apple Card differentiated between men and women over credit limits. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has accused the Apple Card of…

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Canada’s CPPIB Boosts Investment in Renewables 100-Fold Since 2016
November 11, 2019

As of June 30, the CPPIB revealed it had $3.02 billion invested in renewable energy businesses. This amount is twice what it was last year. It’s also more than 100…

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Carl Icahn: Gee… Occidental Petroleum is a lot like WeWork
November 11, 2019

Occidental Petroleum took a shot from activist investor Carl Icahn in more ways from one. Icahn slashed his stake in the company and threatened to launch a proxy fight.

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The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Pulls the Plug on U.S. Prison Firms
November 11, 2019

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is selling stakes in two American prison companies. ESG expectations and concerns about reputational risk fueled the divestitures.

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