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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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Artificial Intelligence: A Deep Learning Computer System Teaches Itself to Predict Extreme Weather
February 7, 2020

Researchers at Rice University have developed a computer system that taught itself how to accurately predict extreme weather events such as heatwaves and cold spells up to 5 days in…

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Liquid Alternatives: Investors Get Currency Hedged Versions of Vanguard’s Flagship Japan Fund
February 7, 2020

Investors seeking currency-neutral exposure to Japanese stocks can invest in the new Vanguard currency-hedged Japan ETFs. Vanguard has addressed a long-pending demand from European investors for currency-hedged versions of its…

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DailyAlts Playbook: The Arrest of Crypto “Michael Jordan”, ESG Battles and Bubbles, Trump’s Fed Pick – February 7, 2020
February 7, 2020

DailyAlts Playbook talks about Trump’s Latest Fed Pick, the Credit Suisse Shakeup, ESG Battles and Bubbles, and the Arrest of “Michael Jordan.”

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Private Equity: Count Vanguard in as a Competitor in the Space
February 6, 2020

Vanguard, the world’s largest investment firm, has entered the private equity business. The firm will provide PE in a suite of new funds and target pensions, endowments, and other institutions….

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Community Banking: Reich & Tang Reaches Deal with Smiley Technologies
February 6, 2020

Fintech firm Reich & Tang has reached a deal with Smiley Technologies, a developer and provider of core banking solutions to U.S community banks. Community banks typically struggle to keep…

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FinTech: Visa and AirWallex Offer Card-based B2B Payment Solution
February 6, 2020

Card giant Visa and global fintech leader AirWallex announced a global partnership to offer the Airwallex Borderless Card, a B2B card-based payment solution. Offered initially only in Australia, the card…

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Venture Capital: Chinese VC Investors Home In on Indian Startups
February 6, 2020

Shunwei Capital, a VC firm founded by Xiaomi founders Lei Jun and Tuck Lye Koh, has co-led a $5.5 million funding round in regional language podcast app Kuku FM. The…

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Digital Assets: Founding Duo of Zima Digital Assets Arrested In $7.5M Criminal Complaint
February 6, 2020

Founding Duo of Zima Digital Assets Arrested In $7.5M Criminal Complaint. The United States Secret Service arrested John Michael Caruso, 28, of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Zachary Salter, 27, of Paradise…

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Private Equity: Black Dragon Capital Buys 100% of Grass Valley, a Media Technology Company
February 6, 2020

Black Dragon Capital, a private equity firm, has agreed to acquire all of Grass Valley from Belden Inc. (NYSE: BDC), reports TVTechnology. According to a statement, Black Dragon intends to…

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ESG: Institutional Investors Press Hedge Funds on ESG Investing
February 6, 2020

Institutional investors are pushing hedge funds to adopt ESG in their investment decisions. These investors see ESG investing as a way to serve their own long-term interests and wider society. This…

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