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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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Digital Assets: Emerging Trends After the Virus Pushed Real Estate Across the Digital Divide
March 16, 2020

Foreigners located in Japan, South Korea, China have suddenly discovered the virtues of closing property deals in the US remotely and online, writes Natalia Karayaneva in an article in Forbes….

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The DailyAlts Playbook: Limit Down, Bill De Blasio’s Economic Ignorance, and Scott Minerd on the Market
March 16, 2020

We start today where we left on Thursday night. Friday was a dead cat bounce, and we’re back to limit down. The Dow Jones projected a 1,041 point loss in…

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Venture Capital: Reddit Co-founder Ohanian “@Initializes” Billboards in Times Square
March 16, 2020

On Saturday, passersby in New York’s Times Square may have been bemused to see a billboard saying “Staying home means saving lives,” with the hashtag “#FlattenTheCurve” at the bottom. Said…

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ESG: Older ESG Funds Are Beating New Ones in Performance
March 16, 2020

ESG investment funds with long track records are beating new competitors as the markets continue to unravel. Roughly 400 of the 2,800 ESG funds were in positive territory for the…

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Alternative Investments: Elliott Supports SoftBank’s Buyback Plan
March 13, 2020

SoftBank has announced a $4.8 billion buyback plan, news that brings joy to Elliott Management.  According to a report, SoftBank can purchase additional shares at the completion of the merger…

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Hedge Funds: Carl Icahn Has Been Shorting Commercial Mortgage Bonds
March 13, 2020

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn told CNBC on Friday that he has been shorting the commercial bond market. The activist investor said that his short was his “biggest position by far”…

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Liquid Alternatives: Emerging Market Economies (And ETFs) To Benefit From The Oil Crash
March 13, 2020

One man’s meat is another man’s poison goes the saying. While oil-producing countries and US-listed oil companies have borne the brunt of the massive slide in crude oil prices recently,…

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Venture Capital: A Robotics Startup That Lived To Tell The Tale
March 13, 2020

Denmark-based Blue Ocean Robotics, led by Claus Risager, is selling hundreds of hospital robots to China to aid in the country’s battle against the coronavirus. At €60,000 each (US$67,000), the…

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Digital Assets: The Celo Foundation Plans Cryptocurrency for Billions of Smartphone Users
March 13, 2020

The Celo Foundation announced the Alliance for Prosperity with 50 founding members. They share a common mission to make digital assets available to everyone through Celo’s decentralized, open-source blockchain platform….

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FinTech: Revolut Adds Gold To Its App
March 13, 2020

Revolut has partnered for gold custody services with the London Bullion Market Association. Gold purchased by a customer via the Revolut App will be held by this firm. The customer…

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