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Alternative Investments/Real Estate: Homebuilder ETFs In A Bull Grip

September 18, 2020

The NAHB/Wells Fargo National and Regional Housing Market Index (HMI) for single-family homes for the month of September rose from 78 in August to 83 in September. The reading indicates that homebuilder confidence and sentiment is at a record high – the highest in the survey’s 35-year record. It is a reflection of the strong demand for housing, particularly in the suburbs or exurbs.

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Private Equity: Nutanix Gets $750 Million Investment from Bain Capital

August 28, 2020

Private Equity: Nutanix Gets $750 Million Investment from Bain Capital Nutanix — a leading cloud computing company — announced Bain Capital Private Equity’s $750 million investment in the company.  Chairman and CEO of Nutanix Dheeraj Pandey claimed “Bain Capital Private Equity has deep technology investing experience and a strong track record of helping companies scale…Bain…

Real Estate: Commercial Real Estate Landlords Partner with Flex Space

August 28, 2020

Real Estate: Commercial Real Estate Landlords Partner with Flex Space Demand is rising for flexible and spacious commercial real estate.  Consequently, landlords are paying attention to these flex spaces and investing in them.  Flexible office spaces are rising in demand mainly due to their dynamic and collaborative environments.  Landlords are now partnering with flex-space operators…

Hedge Funds: Hedge Funds Mount Pressure on EU Loophole

August 27, 2020

Hedge Funds: Hedge Funds Mount Pressure on EU Loophole European regulators are attempting to close a loophole that allows front-running.  The London Stock Exchange Group and Euronext NV claim that the EU should instill more restrictions to monitor brokers’ trades on price inquiries from their clients.  However, traders will gain knowledge from a security before…

Private Equity: Private Equity Company Buys St. Petersburg Company Compulink

August 27, 2020

Private Equity: Private Equity Company Buys St. Petersburg Company Compulink St. Petersburg company Compulink Cable Assemblies is now under new ownership.  The company manufactures cables and harnesses for both military and commercial purposes.  kSARIA Corp. is the company that bought Compilink.  kSARIA specializes in providing mission-critical connectivity solutions for defense and aerospace markets.  The company…

Private Equity: Southeast Asian Private Equity Has $8.7 Billion to Spend

August 26, 2020

Private Equity: Southeast Asian Private Equity Has $8.7 Billion to Spend Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, private equity companies in Southeast Asia are sitting on a lot of cash.  In fact, the pandemic has created more opportunities for these companies.  One company is Ascent Capital Partners — a Singapore company planning to invest in tech, education,…

Private Equity: Private Equity to Invest More in Women’s Healthcare

August 25, 2020

Private Equity: Private Equity to Invest More in Women’s Healthcare Private equity has already heavily invested in the healthcare industry, but women’s healthcare has been overlooked.  However, there has been a “substantial increase” in women’s health providers connected to private equity companies.  According to researchers, 17 of the 24 women’s health companies that gained private…

Hedge Funds: Hedge Funds Hesitant on Gold

August 25, 2020

Hedge Funds: Hedge Funds Hesitant on Gold Hedge funds have reduced their focus on gold as the market for gold has become more turbulent.  The CFTC illustrated that money managers decreased their gross long positions.  Comex gold futures shrunk by 4,402 contracts to a total of 151,016.  Short bets fell by 2,148.   Gold’s net length…

Private Equity: Vista Private Equity Founder Under Investigation 

August 24, 2020

Private Equity: Vista Private Equity Founder Under Investigation  Private equity investor Robert Smith is currently under investigation regarding his taxes.  Smith gained recognition when he donated to Morehouse College’s graduating class.  Federal investigators are trying to figure out whether Robert Smith paid his taxes on assets worth millions of dollars.  Smith is currently innocent and…

Hedge Funds: Investors Gain Interest in Hedge Funds Amid Pandemic

August 21, 2020

Hedge Funds: Investors Gain Interest in Hedge Funds Amid Pandemic Investors now plan to put more cash into hedge funds rather than less.  This has not occurred in years.  For instance, a survey by Preqin showed that 44 percent of hedge fund investors plan to invest in hedge funds in the next year.  This is…

Private Equity: HSBC Closes Second Private Equity Fund

August 21, 2020

Private Equity: HSBC Closes Second Private Equity Fund HSBC has raised $260 million for its second Vision Private Equity fund.  Last year, HSBC’s private equity fund closed at $250 million.  The strategy for this fund is to make primary and secondary co-investments.  These investments will be made globally and across various sectors and strategies.   This…

Hedge Funds: Citi Wins Battle Against Hedge Fund and Creditors 

August 20, 2020

Hedge Funds: Citi Wins Battle Against Hedge Fund and Creditors  Citigroup won its battle to regain $900 million that it sent to cosmetic company Revlon creditors.  Citi accidentally sent this money and intended to recover the funds as soon as possible.   In addition, a U.S. judge blocked hedge fund Brigade Capital from doing anything…

Private Equity: Onex Corporation Promotes Le Blanc to President

August 20, 2020

Private Equity: Onex Corporation Promotes Le Blanc to President Private equity firm Onex has promoted Bobby Le Blanc to president.  He will now oversee all business ventures and will serve as head of Onex Partners.  Le Blanc will also be in charge of reporting to Chairman and CEO Gerry Schwartz.  According to Schwartz, “Having joined…

Private Equity: Carlyle Group Orders Quarantine Requirement 

August 19, 2020

Private Equity Giant Navigates Pandemic.  Private equity firm Carlyle Group ordered all employees who have used public transportation such as trains and buses to a 14 day quarantine.  The fund manager expects all of its employees at all offices to avoid public transportation.  If they happen to use public transportation at all, they must work…

Hedge Funds Short on Dollar for First Time Since 2018

August 18, 2020

Hedge Funds: Hedge Funds Short on Dollar for First Time Since 2018 Hedge funds have decreased in share prices for the first time since May 2018.  A decrease in price for the world’s reserve currency will continue as the market remains unpredictable.  Net futures held by funds against eight currencies dropped to minus 7,881 contracts. …

Private Equity: Private Equity Takes Away from Texas Retirement System

August 18, 2020

Private Equity Takes Away from Texas Retirement System The Employees’ Retirement System of Texas’s private equity portfolio has lost 2.14 percent as of June 30.  The private equity portfolio is worth $4.4 billion, but it was the biggest detractor at a 1.9 percent loss.  Before the Coronavirus pandemic, the private equity portfolio was strong at…

Digital Assets: Coinbase to Allow Loans Against Bitcoin Holdings

August 14, 2020

This should be another shot in the arm for bitcoin adoption. Liquidity of holding is a much-desired feature of any asset, and U.S. digital assets exchange Coinbase is pulling out the stops on that one. In a Thursday blog post, the exchange invited US customers to sign up to a waitlist for the option to borrow up to 30% of their bitcoin (BTC) holdings.

FinTech/ESG: Solar Financier Loanpal Ties Up With Blackstone for $300M of Solar Loans

August 14, 2020

Loanpal, the fintech that is a market leader in financing of residential solar installations, announced Thursday that Blackstone (NYSE: BX) had committed to invest $300 million in solar loans originating on its platform. The amount committed will enable 10,000 homeowners to finance their solar systems, thereby reducing their homes’ carbon footprint.

Blackstone Invests in South Florida Real Estate

August 13, 2020

Real Estate Boon Amid Pandemic.  Blackstone Group announced its completion of a real estate transaction with Elion Partners, which includes industrial properties in Broward County.  The deal encompasses warehouses located in Weston, Coral Springs, and Pompano Beach.  Elion Partners initially paid $35 million for these properties in 2018 and 2019.   Medical devices company Venus Concept…

ESG Investments to Gain Popularity in Real Estate 

August 12, 2020

ESG Investments to Gain Popularity in Real Estate  As the environment becomes more of a priority among the public, environmental responsibility has become a priority for businesses and organizations as well.  The looming effects of climate change are pressuring businesses and corporations to take action.  Oil and gas companies in particular are facing increasing pressure…

Private Equity: Advent Invests in Hermes UK

August 12, 2020

Private Equity: Advent Invests in Hermes UK Courier services company Hermes will soon benefit from a hefty investment from private equity firm Advent International.  Otto Group has previously announced that it will partner with Advent to grow Hermes Group in Germany and the UK.   Advent International and Otto Group will partner their management teams to…

Liquid Alternatives: Prime Capital to Launch Liquid Alts Credit Fund

August 11, 2020

Liquid Alts Proliferate as Their Attributes Shine.  Independent asset manager Prime Capital is one of the lastest firms to roll out a liquid credit fund.  The fund offers a range of alternative credit strategies, including trade finance and real estate bridge financing.  This fund will invest between 15 and 20 funds globally.  They will be…

Real Estate: Foreign Buying of U.S. Properties Has Glim 2020 Outlook

August 11, 2020

COVID-19 is sparking a critical decline of overseas buyer interest.  Foreign buyers have historically been a large part of the United States real estate market.  Lately, however, the size and scope of foreign buyers has been declining.  Even worse, the Coronavirus pandemic could exacerbate this trend as international buyers step away from the market.   In…

Private Equity: Ares Raises $5 Billion En Route To $30 Billion 2020 Haul

August 7, 2020

Ares Leapfrogs Competitors Through Pandemic.  Investment firm giant Ares has raised $5 billion for its private equity fund in the second quarter.  The firm’s goal is to raise up to $30 billion across all practices, including real-estate and credit.  So far in the quarter, Ares raised $400 million for its real-estate fund and $3.9 billion…

Sender’s Hedge Fund Sees Sharp Gains Amid Unprecedented Robinhood Stock Trading

August 6, 2020

Sender Company & Partners Up 30% YTD.  Hedge fund Sender Company & Partners has seen a 30 percent net gain in 2020 following a series of bets on stocks that are popular on the Robinhood trading platform.  Hertz, Tesla and Nio were among those driving skyrocketing returns. Sender is among a group of institutional investors…