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Artificial Intelligence: Coronavirus! This AI Startup Warned of the Outbreak on December 31

Toronto-based BlueDot, which uses big data and AI, red-flagged the coronavirus outbreak in December. BlueDot’s AI-driven health monitoring platform analyzes billions of data points. Its process works something like this: It pores over global news reports, airline data, and animal disease outbreaks using natural language processing and machine learning techniques. The outputs from the platform are scanned by epidemiologists who sound the alert if they spot an outbreak.

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Hedge Funds: Neil Woodford and Craig Newman Did Just Fine Before Woodford Collapse
January 7, 2020

Neil Woodford and his CEO Craig Newman earned 9 million and 4.8 million pounds in dividends in the year leading up to the collapse of Woodford Investment Management.

Don Steinbrugge: Low Rates to Push Pensions into Hedge Funds
January 7, 2020

Don Steinbrugge of Agecroft Partners released his annual list of hedge fund trends and predictions for 2020. He covers a few common bases: Hedge fund assets will set a new…

Alternative Investments: Battered Marijuana Stocks May Bottom Out in 2020
January 7, 2020

The brutal sell-off in marijuana stocks in 2019 has been likened to “2008 for the cannabis industry.” Others compared it to the blowout in tech stocks in 2000. Apart from…

ESG and Sustainability: HSBC Bandwagons ESG, To Launch Eight ETFs
January 7, 2020

HSBC Gam plans to launch eight new environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ETF’s in the first half of 2020. Also planned are a fixed-income ETF platform and a passive platform…

Hedge Funds: The 2020 Top Picks of Andrew Left’s Citron Capital (First Year Gain 43.3%)
January 7, 2020

Famed short-seller Andrew Left’s Citron Capital published its Annual Investor Letter for 2019 on Monday. “In 2019, our first full year of operation, Citron Capital, LP generated a gross return…

ESG: The SEC’s Scrutiny of ESG Investing Could Be a Blessing, Say Advisers
January 7, 2020

According to the Wall Street Journal, regulators are questioning the methodologies and criteria for the selection of companies by funds that tout ESG portfolios. ESG is an acronym for environmental-social-and…

The DailyAlts Playbook: January 7, 2020
January 7, 2020

Today, the DailyAlts Playbook talks pension allocations in 2020, the cost of Carlos’ freedom, Blackstone Group’s 2020 Surprises, and a ridiculous valuation for TopGolf.

Artificial Intelligence: Using Augmented Reality (AR) to Record the Skills of Retiring Workers For Posterity
January 7, 2020

Could the skills of retiring workers be lost before the next generation learns from them? That danger no longer exists with developing technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial…

Real Estate: Could Manufactured Homes Help Solve America’s Affordable Housing Crisis?
January 7, 2020

The country’s entire annual shortage of 300,000 homes is for low- and middle-priced housing. Manufactured homes in blue-collar communities may alleviate the severe housing shortage for America’s working population. Consider…

FinTech: Ripple Targets SWIFT in Brazil
January 6, 2020

Ripple targets SWIFT in Brazil and wants to make inroads into Brazil’s remittances market.