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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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The DailyAlts Playbook: Pershing’s Coffee Sale, Bernie Madoff’s Dying Request, and Tesla’s Pullback
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The DailyAlts Playbook talks Pershing’s Coffee Sale, Bernie Madoff’s Dying Request, and Tesla’s Pullback.

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Artificial Intelligence: AI To Trawl Medical Data Troves To Identify ‘Cause And Effect’, Sharpen Diagnosis
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There is a vast store of data from medical observational studies or randomized controlled trials accumulated over the decades. What if we could deploy an AI algo to scour this…

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Hedge Fund: Pershing Square Capital Sells Starbucks Stake
February 6, 2020

Pershing Square Capital has exited its stake in Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX). According to reports, Bill Ackman’s hedge fund announced the divestiture during an investor presentation today. 

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Private Equity: Carlyle Group Reports Fourth Quarter Earnings
February 5, 2020

Carlyle Group (NYSE: CG) is the last of the “Big Money” private equity and asset managers to report fourth-quarter earnings. It was a solid quarter for the Washington DC-based alternative…

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Venture Capital: The Futuristic Call That Strapped the TSLA Stock To A Booster Rocket
February 5, 2020

Whatever the description for the chart and TSLA’s price action, it’s worthwhile to look at the catalyst that sent the stock soaring over 40% higher in the last two trading…

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FinTech: Another Consolidation Among Legacy Payment Players; Worldline Buys Ingenico
February 5, 2020

With new-fangled fintech disruptors snapping at their heels, two legacy payment processor giants in Europe have joined forces in an $8.6 billion mega-deal. French payment company Worldline will acquire domestic…

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Artificial Intelligence: AI Fintech AiX Wants To Put Voice Brokers Out of Business
February 5, 2020

London-based fintech AiX has developed an artificial intelligence-based chatbot system that ‘talks’ to human traders at banks and institutions. It relies on natural language processing and cognitive reasoning to function…

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Liquid Alternatives: The KraneShares ESG China ETF Lists in London
February 5, 2020

Kraneshares, the asset management company that believes “the relationship between the US and China will be the most important economic partnership of our lifetimes,” and specializes in China-facing ETFs, launched…

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Digital Assets: Another Effort To Put Munis on the Blockchain – ConsenSys Rises to the Challenge
February 5, 2020

ConsenSys will attempt to put the stubbornly traditional municipal bonds market on the blockchain. A previous shy at the task by Neighborly, whose backers included Laurene Powell Jobs, proved stillborn….

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The DailyAlts Playbook: Tesla’s Rally, Interest Rate Cuts, Corona-covery, and “Leverage” in the Art Markets
February 5, 2020

This morning, we start with Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA). The parabolic rise of Elon Musk’s electric vehicle company has seen its stock jump by 100% to start the year.  Short sellers…

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