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Artificial Intelligence: AMD Takes On Rivals In The AI Chip Sweepstakes

December 7, 2023

Chipmaker AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) has unveiled a range of innovative AI solutions spanning from data centers to personal computers. The AMD Instinct MI300 Series features data center AI accelerators, while the ROCm 6 open software stack introduces new features supporting Large Language Models (LLMs). Additionally, the Ryzen 8040 Series processors come equipped with Ryzen AI capabilities.


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Warburg Pincus’ Jeffrey Perlman Bullish on Vietnam

December 19, 2019

Jeffrey Perlman of Warburg Pincus is bullish on Vietnam and worried about companies with a high cash-burn rate. In an interview with DealStreetAsia, the Warburg managing director outlined his views of the market heading into 2020.

Alternative Investments: Biotech ETFs Suffer from Political Posturing on Drug Prices

December 19, 2019

The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NasdaqGS: IBB), the largest biotech-related ETF, has been losing ground since Monday. The ETF is locked inside a downward channel and is making lower-highs and lower-lows. Concerns on pre-election posturing around drug pricing appear to be pressuring IBB, the largest biotech-related ETF.

Dealbook: Private Equity Fundraising to Drop in 2020

December 19, 2019

Private equity fundraising is set to decline next year, according to Pitchbook. In a report, the research firm projected that PE capital raising would slow down in the European and American markets as companies look to deploy capital. The slowdown would follow what has been a record year for capital raising in the sector. 

Digital Assets: Malta-based Digital Asset Exchange OKEx Launches Options Trading

December 19, 2019

Malta-based Digital Asset Exchange OKEx Launches Options Trading. With the launch of options trading, OKEx becomes the first crypto exchange to offer crypto-to-crypto (C2C), Scott, futures, perpetual swap, and options trading under one roof.
Simulated trading in the options product has already commenced from December 12, 2019.

Private Equity Giant Apollo Global Management-Backed Airline to Fuel Amazon Shipping

December 19, 2019

Sun Country Airlines is steaming up with to boost its package-delivery business. The low-cost airline – based in Minneapolis – will fly 10 Boeing 737s during the second quarter of 2020. The news is part of a deal to expand Amazon Air, according to company reports.

Digital Assets: The ESCB has Proof-of-Concept of Anonymous Digital Currency

December 19, 2019

An ECB-coordinated project, conducted by the European System of Central Banks (ESCB), has established a proof of concept (PoC) for anonymity in digital cash, reports COINTELEGRAPH.
The experiment does not indicate that the ECB will actually proceed with a CBDC. It’s just that – a prototype, so to speak.

The Saudi Arabia Sovereign Wealth Fund Launches Fund of Funds Company

December 18, 2019

The Saudi Arabia Sovereign Wealth Fund has launched its own fund of funds firm. The Public Investment Fund will put 4 billion riyal – or $1.07 billion – forward to support small- and mid-sized businesses.

Sun Life Financial Takes Big Stake in Real Estate Manager

December 18, 2019

Sun Life Financial and its alternative asset management arm just received a boost. Sun Life announced it plans to purchase an 80% stake in the infrastructure and real estate investment manager InfraRed Capital Partners.

Digital Assets: Fidelity Digital Assets Floats UK Arm to Sell Crypto Services

December 18, 2019

Fidelity Digital Assets has branched out across the Atlantic and incorporated its UK arm on December 16. The UK office will offer crypto services to European businesses, hedge funds, and family offices.

Venture Capital: Despite Negative Publicity, VC is Alive and Well

December 18, 2019

Despite the negative publicity surrounding it in recent months, venture capital is quite well, thank you.
There was doom-and-gloom all around in the venture capital industry after the failed WeWork IPO and the fund-raising travails of Softbank’s second Vision Fund. But under the hood, VC is humming along rather nicely, says Dan Primack at Axios.

Alternative Investments: Japanese Corporations Unlocking Value; ETFs to Buy

December 18, 2019

A Nikkei Quick survey showed that the percentage of Japanese companies that thought their shares were undervalued hit a high of 67% in 2019. This was the highest level since the introduction of Japanese reforms in 2013, according to FT. Japanese corporations shelled out a massive ¥7.2tn ($66bn) on share buybacks in 2019 between January and the end of November. Another trend is afoot and could accentuate in the near term. Japanese corporations are looking closely at their organizations and selling off subsidiaries, listed or otherwise.

Activist Update: Carl Icahn Sued by Xerox Investor Over Alleged Insider Trading

December 18, 2019

Shareholder activist Carl Icahn is in the dock for alleged insider trading when he bought a chunk of HP stock worth $ 1.2 billion. According to the Miami Firefighter Relief and Pension Fund, which is a shareholder of Xerox, Icahn had privy to knowledge that Xerox would bid for the HP shares at a higher price later. Icahn is the largest shareholder of Xerox, holding 11% of its stock.

Intel Scoops Up Israeli Artificial Intelligence Firm for $2 Billion

December 18, 2019

Intel Corporation has acquired Habana Labs for $2 billion.

Habana Labs is an Israel-based developer of programmable deep learning accelerators for data centers. The deal will deepen Intel’s artificial intelligence (AI) portfolio. It also accelerates Intel’s efforts into the fast-growing AI silicon market, which it expects to top $25 billion by 2024.

Alternative Investments: Bank of England Weighing Redemption Rejig for Open-Ended Funds

December 18, 2019

The Bank of England considers the liquidity mismatch in open-ended funds a potential “systemic risk.”
After the recent debacles in the Woodford Equity Income Fund and M&G Investments property fund, the Bank of England may change redemption rules for open-ended funds.
The Bank of England may impose delayed payouts for investors in open-ended funds that hold hard-to-liquidate assets. Alternatively, it may impose a haircut on investors demanding immediate redemptions in such funds.
The bank made these proposals in its latest Financial Stability Report.

ICANN Pauses Sale of PIR to Ethos Capital for 30 days

December 18, 2019

ICANN, the internet registration firm, announced it will pause its sale of the .org domain registry to the private equity firm Ethos Capital. The delay will last 30 days as stakeholders investigate the planned deal.

Francisco Partners and Evergreen Take LogMeIn Private

December 18, 2019

LogMeIn announced it has sold itself for $4.3 billion. The agreement allows the firm to go private thanks to a deal with Francisco Partners and Evergreen Coast Capital. The all-cash deal puts shares at $86.05 each.

Hong Kong Funds See $5 Billion in Outflows

December 17, 2019

Hong Kong capital flight may have hit as much as $5 billion for investment funds in 2019.

The figure comes from the Bank of England, which released its Financial Stability Report on Monday. Since April, when the Hong Kong riots began, investment funds have raised alarms about the impact on both the local economy and their ability to perform. That figure – $5 billion – represents roughly 1.25% of the region’s GDP.

Activist Update: Nuveen Ohio Quality Municipal Income Fund Shareholders Send Saba Packing

December 17, 2019

Saba Capital, the closed-ended fund activist hedge fund, has been targeting the Nuveen Ohio Quality Municipal Income Fund (NUO). The activist holds about 8.7% of the Fund and proposed to appoint its own nominees to Saba’s board of trustees.
It also sought to declassify NUO’s board of trustees. However, NUO shareholders rejected Saba’s board nominees and its declassification proposal.

FinTech: As Investors Revolt, Fintech Lenders Get Picky on Borrower Quality

December 17, 2019

Easy lending to borrowers with sub-prime credit is winding down.
Peer-to-peer lenders, or fintech lender platforms, are back-pedaling on their early promise to provide loans to people with sub-par credit profiles, observes Bloomberg. Burned by loan losses, individual investors have revolted. As a result, the original marketplace-like model of P2P lending has long gone.

Goldman Sachs Prepares to Go Big on Alternatives

December 17, 2019

A Goldman Sachs alternative capital team will launch soon, according to a memo seen by Reuters. The firm said that it will form an alternatives capital markets and strategy group under its merchant banking division.

Digital Assets: A Bitcoin Video Lands Up On TikTok, Goes Viral

December 17, 2019

The Wolf of Bitcoin posted the bitcoin video on TikTok.
The TikTok video zooms in through a door with says, “this is why GPU prices went up,” and then pans across a room filled with power cables and computers. It appears to be a cryptocurrency mining location. Catchy, foot-tapping music plays in the background of the video, which has hashtags like bitcoin, explainbitcoin, bitcoin mining, and minecraft.

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners Snaps Up Tallgrass Energy

December 17, 2019

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners has announced it will purchase the remaining shares of Tallgrass Energy that it doesn’t own. The latest offer of $22.45 per Class A share was a 22.7% premium to the stock’s closing price Monday.

Darden Paper Shows Weak Hedge Fund Performance Post Financial Crisis

December 17, 2019

Hedge fund performance hasn’t lived up to the hype over the last ten years. This, according to the Executive Director of the Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management, University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Digital Assets: Fidelity Digital Assets Could Add Support for Ether in 2020

December 17, 2019

Fidelity’s crypto arm has already done a lot of work on Ethereum.
Speaking in an interview with TheBlock, Tom Jessop, who is president of Fidelity Digital Assets, said the firm intended to support the Ethereum cryptocurrency in the New Year, according to cointelegraph.
“We’ve done a lot of work on Ethereum. We intend to support it in the New Year. We’re very led by our clients,” he said.