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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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Alternative Investments: America’s Student Loan Debt in 2019 Hits New Record
December 27, 2019

A college degree is no longer a tool; it’s a luxury available to the rich About 45 million people in the US are being crushed under the weight of federal…

Private Equity: KKR Earns 5X on Divestment of Locomotive Leasing Company
December 27, 2019

Infrastructure investments can deliver solid returns judging from private equity giant KKR’s sale of European Locomotive Leasing (ELL) last week. ELL is a leading provider of electric locomotive leasing solutions…

Digital Assets: Chinese Stock Exchange Sets Up Blockchain Index
December 27, 2019

China’s tech-heavy bourse, the Shenzen Stock Exchange, announced December 24 its introduction of an index to track the performance of China’s top 50 blockchain companies including startups. According to a…

Alternative Investments: Now, BlackRock, Temasek in Chinese Wealth Management JV
December 26, 2019

Global asset manager BlackRock and sovereign wealth fund Temasek are making a beeline for the vast opportunities opening up in the Land of the Red Dragon. Chinese regulations now allow…

Alberta Investment Management Joins KKR in Canadian Pipeline Deal
December 26, 2019

Alberta Investment Management is linking up with private equity giant KKR to purchase a big stake in TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline. The Canadian pipeline project is part of a…

Alternative Investments: Christmas Cheer as Fund Managers Cut Fees
December 26, 2019

In the ongoing ‘race-to-zero,’ Vanguard and Dimensional both cut fees this week. Vanguard lowered expense ratios on three international income-oriented funds and four externally managed equity funds on December 19….

Alternative Investments: Chinese Corporate Defaults Touch Record in 2019
December 26, 2019

As 2019 grinds to a close, Chinese corporate defaults surged to a record RMB 130 billion ($18.6 billion). According to FT, which cited Bloomberg data, this value eclipsed the previous…

Digital Assets: A World-beating Digital Yuan Taking Shape?
December 26, 2019

Mu Changchun, head of the People’s Bank of China’s digital currency research institute, said China’s “central bank digital currency” (CBDC) would be “a digital form of the yuan.” Mu is…

Venture Capital: Electric Vehicle Maker Rivian’s Monster Funding Round
December 26, 2019

Rivian just raised $1.3 billion from top-notch investors. The humongous new raise, led by T Rowe Price, added $1.3 billion to Rivian’s coffers. It included existing investors Ford Motor and…

Digital Assets: Facebook’s Libra Rollout Plan Hazy
December 25, 2019

There is no concrete plan yet for the launch of the Facebook-led Libra digital currency, according to Reuters’ interview with Ellis. Though Libra is scheduled to roll out by June…