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Private Credit: Coronavirus to Shift Market in Profound Ways

Private credit has been one of the fastest-growing areas of the credit market since the great credit crisis ended a decade ago. As banks stepped back from small and mid-market lending, especially in riskier areas like expansion and takeovers, funds sprang up to fill the void for a price. Institutions pensions placed enormous sums of money in private credit vehicles to capture higher yield as interest rates on other fixed-income investments declined steadily. The private credit markets have grown from just $237 billion in assets in 2008 to an estimated $812 billion today. That’s a growth rate of almost 12%. Some estimates say that 70% of small to midsize businesses are at least partially financed by private credit funds. Private Credit and Coronavirus Coronavirus will challenge and could reverse the rapid growth of private credit. It is going to be a lot harder to raise money in the private credit business until we know the full impact on the economy and financial markets. There is a real chance that pension funds, one of the biggest investors in private credit, will have to add to their equity portfolios. A significant market decline could trigger an asset allocation shift towards stocks. That…

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DailyAlts Playbook: ESG Bubbles, Sharp CEF Discounts, Brexit Demands, and Bill Ackman’s Bullish Views on Burritos.
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Liquid Alternatives: Now, An AI-Enabled ETF That Delivers Investors’ Five Favorite Things
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Merlyn.AI Corporation (MAI), the Palo Alto-based ETF provider that previously introduced the WIZ ETF, has now launched the Merlyn.AI Tactical Growth and Income ETF (Nasdaq: SNUG) on the Nasdaq exchange….

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Hedge Fund: Whitney Tilson Pumps Berkshire Hathaway as Top Retirement Stock
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Former hedge fund manager Whitney Tilson has called Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) the to retirement stock. Tilson, who now writes for Empire Financial Research, issued a note this week praising…

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Liquid Alternatives: Invesco Launches New Sterling Corporate Bond ETF With ESG
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Invesco, the fund manager with $1.23 trillion in assets under management as of December 31, 2019, has launched in Europe a new, first-of-its-kind, sterling-denominated, corporate bond ETF with an ESG…

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Digital Assets: The SIX Swiss Exchange Buys A Stake in Crypto Trading Platform Omniex
February 27, 2020

SIX Swiss Exchange announced it had struck a partnership agreement last week with San Francisco-based Omniex. The financial terms of the agreement, which also includes the acquisition of a stake…

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Artificial Intelligence: Hackers Raid Notorious Facial Recognition Startup Clearview AI
February 27, 2020

Clearview AI, the facial recognition startup that allegedly scraped billions of photographs from websites such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Venmo, has been hacked. The controversial company works with 600…

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ESG: Graham Clapp Says ESG-Focus is Creating a New Bubble
February 27, 2020

RWC Partners fund manager Graham Clapp warned that sustainable investing trends are poised to form a possible bubble in the markets. He compared it to the tech boom of the 1990s….

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DailyAlts Playbook: Mike Pence’s Battle to Save the World, Climate Investment, ESG Naysayers, and “The Activists.”
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Andrew Chung, of 1955 Capital, says climate change is the perfect storm. A huge market is shaping up around ClimateTech, a category of solutions that enable governments, companies, and individuals…

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Preqin: Hedge Fund AUM Hits All-Time High in 2019
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