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Digital Assets: Bloomberg’s Mike McGlone Charts $100K Path For Bitcoin

September 3, 2021

Crypto-assets appear in a revived and refreshed bull market, the analyst writes. Senior Bloomberg Commodity Analyst Mike McGlone weighs in with a very bullish prognosis for crypto-assets in the September edition of Bloomberg’s Crypto Outlook 2021. Considering cryptos such as bitcoin and ethereum are lifting off in the second half of the year from levels…


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Independent Community Bankers of America Want the SAFE Act Passed

September 19, 2019

Community Banks Back Cannabis Financial Services Bill The Independent Community Bankers of America sent a letter to the leadership of the House and the Senate urging them to pass the SAFE banking bill. The bill would allow for cannabis companies to use banks and banking services. The letter noted that “The SAFE Banking Act would…

FDIC Approves New Leverage Standards for Community Banks

September 19, 2019

“Here’s the Latest on the New Community Bank Leverage Standards New community bank leverage standards will reshape the industry. The FDIC approved a different measure of leverage for community banks to avoid the complexity of Basel III regulations. Banks with under $10 billion in assets can now use the Community Bank Leverage ratio instead of…

The Repo Market: Do Americans Actually Understand How It Works?

September 18, 2019

The Repo market is back in the headlines… but did anyone notice on Monday? This morning, while doing my best to follow the news around Iran and the United States, I had to gloss over MSNBC and CNBC to discover something far more important. I turned on Bloomberg News, which gave me hot flashbacks to…

Weekly Community Banking Recap – September 13, 2019

September 13, 2019

Trump Trade, Consumer Spending, and a Conversation with Cheryl Pate of Angel Oak Capital Advisors I am reasonably sure that this week marks the first time a sitting President has called members of the central bank boneheads. In a Twitter tirade this week, Donald Trump said, “The USA should always be paying the lowest rate….

First Defiance Merger

First Defiance Merger With United Community on Tap

September 9, 2019

Deal Serves Rust Belt Communities The First Defiance merger terms are now available. Financial Corp (FDEF)  and United Community Financial (UCFC) are set to merge. The two companies signed an agreement that will see United Community merge into First Defiance in a stock-for-stock transaction. Under the terms of the merger agreement, shareholders of United Community…

Northwestern Study: Private Equity Helped During Great Recession

September 9, 2019

Study shows that private equity’s leverage is a good thing when times get tough A Northwestern study notes that debt during a recession can be a very bad thing. But it reveals much more about the role of private equity. It seems leveraged companies with private equity backing can show success when times get tough. Professor…

BB&T and SunTrust Must Sell Assets to Appease Regulators

September 6, 2019

BB&T (BBT) and Suntrust (STI) have received shareholder approvals for their mega-merger. The next hurdle will require action by the regulators. To make the overseers happy with the deal, the new firm must sell a lot of branches. But determining which assets to divest will be a challenge given the state of the banking markets. The…

Bank M&A Watch: Elevation Buys Cache Bank and Trust

September 4, 2019

It’s the 13th deal this year between a credit union and a small bank Bank M&A is heating up, and credit unions are leading the way. This week, Elevations Credit Union announced that it is buying the assets of the $120-million Cache Bank and Trust in Greeley, Colorado. The target bank specializes in commercial lending….

Preqin Survey

Preqin Survey: Alternatives investors wary of ‘toppy’ markets

August 27, 2019

According to the Preqin Investor Update on Alternative Assets H2 2019, a rising number of investors believe that equity markets are at a top and likely to correct
Preqin, the data provider specializing in alternative assets, surveyed 177 institutional investors in July 2019 to gauge investor sentiment across various alternative asset classes.
According to the report, investment enthusiasm for alternative assets remains undiminished, with industry AUM at $9.5 trillion as at end-2018. Though investors’ outlook on the future performance of alternatives remains optimistic, this may not last.

Sandler Capital Tops Hedge Fund Returns with a Big Position in Gold

August 22, 2019

Sandler boosted its stake in the SPDR Gold Trust by about 180% to $ 38 million in Q2 in a clairvoyant play against looming volatility

Tackle Market Volatility with Private Equity Investments

June 20, 2019

In the current scenario of heightened volatility due to trade tensions between the USA, China and Mexico, it makes sense to invest in assets that are not correlated with the stock market. Alternative investments are a good foil for stock market volatility, offering decent, uncorrelated returns.