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Digital Assets: “Bitcoin Is An Uncorrelated Asset,” Says Fidelity Report

October 14, 2020

A new report from Fidelity Digital Assets titled “Bitcoin Investment Thesis – Bitcoin’s Role As an Alternative Investment,” finds that the cryptocurrency has a very low correlation with mainstream assets such as stocks or gold.

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Digital Assets: Bitcoin An Insurance Policy Against Inflation [Grayscale Report]

August 25, 2020

In an attempt to unravel the complexities of evaluating the dominant cryptocurrency, Grayscale Investments has assessed macroeconomic factors and indicators of demand and supply in a new report titled “Valuing Bitcoin.” The report concludes that the current Bitcoin market structure parallels that of early 2016 before it began its historic bull run.

Alternative Investments Yielding Strong Diversification Outcomes

August 4, 2020

Democratizing of Alts Continues Globally.  Alternative investments increasingly are in the spotlight for market observers who see their strong outcomes in today’s volatile market environment.  These investments include, for example, managed futures, commodities, hedge funds, and private equity.  The world of alternative investments is continuing its transition from a relatively exclusive investment asset cateogry for…

Venture Capital: What COVID-19 Did To VC Investing in the U.S. (Report)

June 24, 2020

An article by Itay Sagie, co-founder of VCforU.com, which helps over 17,000 startups, uses Crunchbase data for the period March 18-June 17, 2020, to assess how the pandemic changed the venture capital investment landscape in the U.S.

Alternative Investments: An Interview with Cheryl Pate of Angel Oak Advisors.

June 4, 2020

Today’s discussion is with Cheryl Pate of Angel Oak Advisors.

We spoke with Cheryl back in September about the community bank debt opportunity. We follow up with a new interview, here.

The world and the banking industry have undergone significant change due to COVI-19 since than so we caught up with her to discuss changes and opportunities in community banks and community bank debt.

DailyAlts Playbook: Artwork, Vegas, BlackRock Buddies at the Fed, and the End of the COVID Recession

June 4, 2020

THE DAILYALTS PLAYBOOK June 4, 2020 DailyAlts Playbook: America on Fire, Goldman Shorts the Dollar, a $41 Trillion Hole, and the Death of Pensions. PRIME OVERVIEW Good morning, It looks like the private equity industry has scored one of its biggest wins in its history. The Labor Department today issued guidance that effectively allows 401K…

DailyAlts Playbook: America on Fire, Goldman Shorts the Dollar, a $41 Trillion Hole, and the Death of Pensions.

June 1, 2020

Friday morning, I was out for dental surgery and now I have another surgery in two weeks. Three days ago, I would have told you that the biggest threat to the market rally was the renewed tensions between the United States and China.

DailyAlts Playbook: Hertz Goes Under, The Vaccine Gold Rush, and Just How Rich is Mark Zuckerberg

May 26, 2020

THE DAILYALTS PLAYBOOK May 26, 2020 DailyAlts Playbook: Hertz Goes Under, The Vaccine Gold Rush, and Just How Rich is Mark Zuckerberg PRIME OVERVIEW Good morning, I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, despite the ongoing circumstances. While efforts to reopen parts of the U.S. continued over the weekend, I wasn’t surprised to…

Alternative Investments: Asset Managers Need To Up Their Game (BCG Report)

May 26, 2020

According to a new report from Boston Consulting Group, there is likely to be fierce competition for limited capital in 2020 after the coronavirus crisis. Asset managers will have to deal with these new market realities by taking recourse to technology and gaining an edge through expertise and scale.

Artificial Intelligence: AI May Provide Early Warning of Heart Damage Due to COVID

May 20, 2020

The National Science Foundation has issued a grant of $195,000 to researchers at John Hopkins University to study the use of AI algorithms for detecting heart disease amongst COVID-19 patients. There is increasing evidence that COVID-19 damages a patient’s cardiovascular system, causing “cardiac events” such as heart attacks, abnormal heartbeats, and death

Artificial Intelligence: AI is Making Oil Rigs Safer

May 19, 2020

Oil rigs are one of the most dangerous places to work for human beings with a constant risk of injury or harm. Huge mechanical systems mesh together to keep these huge rigs afloat above the ocean surface and continue drilling deep beneath the ocean floor. The risks of fire, explosion, accidents from hazardous machinery, and falls are always round the corner on oil rigs. Artificial intelligence (AI) can make these danger-prone work areas much safer.

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DailyAlts Playbook: Hedge Fund Returns, Fed Testimony, Alts Investments, and a Hypothetical Day at the Office

May 19, 2020

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will testify before the Senate Banking Committee. This is the first time that both men will update Congress on the $2.2 trillion economic package that the Senate helped to pass in March to address COVID.

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DailyAlts Playbook: Vaccine Hopes, Bitcoin Jolts, Softbank’s Woes, and Community Banking 101

May 18, 2020

THE DAILYALTS PLAYBOOK May 18, 2020 DailyAlts Playbook: Vaccine Hopes, Bitcoin Jolts, Softbank’s Woes, and Community Banking 101 PRIME OVERVIEW Good morning, With the Dow up 700 points on speculation around Moderna’s vaccine trial for COVID-19, I’ll start with a brief note on what’s happening at DailyAlts. Yesterday, we published the May Community Bank Investor…

FinTech: Post-COVID-19, Fintech To Emerge Stronger, Says Dubai Future Foundation

May 18, 2020

“Life after Covid-19: Financial Technologies,” a report issued by the Dubai Future Foundation, examines the impact of the pandemic on the UAE and the Arab world, and in particular, the fintech sector. The report reassuringly concludes that the sector would emerge stronger from the crisis as people take to digital services to run their lives.

iCapital Network: The Potential Benefits of Investing in Private Equity Secondaries

May 15, 2020

In this guest post from Kunal Shah and Tatiana Esipovich at iCapital Network, the authors explain how secondary funds offer the potential for diversified private equity exposure and an attractive risk profile.   By: Kunal Shah and Tatiana Esipovich The secondary private equity market comprises the buying and selling of preexisting investor commitments to private market funds….

Venture Capital: The Indian VC Industry Deployed a Record $10B in 2019 (Report)

May 15, 2020

2019 was a banner year for the Indian VC industry, says the IVCA-Bain India Venture Capital Report. Investors deployed a record-breaking $10 billion, up 55% from 2018, with deal volume surging 30%. The average deal size rose by 20% in 2019. Further, average deal ticket sizes surged across all stages of investment.

DailyAlts Playbook: What Dalio is Buying, Davey Day Trader Global, and Restarting the Trade War

May 15, 2020

The Dow shed 200 points this morning, and while I’m usually not overcommitted to what the Dow is doing, I am looking at geopolitical tensions. We’re back into a barking match with China – this time because the White House has blamed its rival for the spread of COVID. That said, Chinese media are now arguing that if the U.S. blocks supplies of semiconductors to tech firm Huawei, China will launch its “unreliable entity list” and “restrict or investigate” companies like Apple, Cisco, and other tech firms.

Digital Assets: Crypto Hedge Funds Doubled Assets under Management in 2019 (Report)

May 13, 2020

PwC and Elwood Asset Management Services used data from the largest global crypto hedge funds to compile the report.
Assets under management (AUM) at cryptocurrency hedge funds doubled from $1 billion in 2018 to $2 billion in 2019, while average assets under management expanded from $21.9 million to $44 million, said the report. Median AuM increased from US$4.3 million to US$8.2 million.

DailyAlts Playbook: Back to Basics, Druckenmiller’s Warning, More Stimulus, and Activists Do What Activists Do…

May 13, 2020

I’m back in the saddle today after a two-day break that was sorely needed. The combination of an arthritic flare and stomach issue has put me back at around 50% to 60%.

Three days is when people start to worry, so I appreciate the emails.

I am very excited about the future and what we are building at DailyAlts.com.

Liquid Alternatives: Fed to Launch Corporate Bond ETF Purchases Today

May 12, 2020

“Fallen angel” corporate bonds that have taken a rating hit may be supported by the corporate bond ETF purchase program envisaged in the Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility (SMCCF). The facility is scheduled to kick in today. ETFs holding these fallen angels, whose ratings fell from investment grade to speculative or junk grade due to COVID, maybe the earlier targets in the program. The Fed could buy up to $750 billion under the SMCCF, as well as the Primary Market Corporate Credit Facility (PMCCF).

Artificial Intelligence: The AI That Powers Walmart’s Express Delivery

May 12, 2020

Walmart (NYSE: WMT) has an inventory of 160,000 items offered through its Express Delivery service that launched last month. The service is already on offer at 100 stores in the U.S. as a pilot test and will be extended to 2,000 stores this month. The system relies heavily on AI.

DailyAlts Playbook: Unemployment Woes, Economic Experiments, M&A Woes, and China… China… China.

May 8, 2020

THE DAILYALTS PLAYBOOK May 8, 2020 DailyAlts Playbook: Unemployment Woes, Economic Experiments, M&A Woes, and China… China… China. OPENING BELL Good morning, Good morning, There is one figure – and one figure only that matters today. And the U.S. Labor Department reported it before the bell. The agency said that the U.S. unemployment rate hit…

Private Equity: Recapping the KKR Q1 Conference Call

May 7, 2020

The KKR conference call for the first quarter occurred on Wednesday morning. Executives at the firm revealed that although they were stung a little by the economic upheaval, KKR continues to prove its business model.

The company exited some businesses early in the quarter at an average of 3.5 times the initial cost. Although they are working remotely like the rest of us, KKR, in the 2-month window from March 1 through May 1, has closed on or in legal documentation on over $10 billion of new commitments across our fund platform.

Alternative Investments: An Interview With Tobias Carlisle, Founder of Acquirers Funds

May 7, 2020

This week, Tim Melvin sat down with Tobias Carlisle, founder of The Acquirer’s Multiple®. Tobias Carlisle is best known as the author of the #1 new release in Amazon’s Business and Finance The Acquirer’s Multiple: How the Billionaire Contrarians of Deep Value Beat the Market.

Alternative Investments: An Interview with Jeffrey Chang of CBOE Vest.

May 6, 2020

Last week, Tim Melvin talked with Jeffrey Chang of CBOE Vest. His firm offers investment strategies called “defined outcome portfolios.”

These strategies help investors structure their portfolios to provide defined levels of growth, income, and risk.