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DailyAlts Playbook Talks Ackman’s Optimism, The Big “Short-ier”, Carbon Skeptics, and Now That’s Music 29

A number of funds saw massive gains during the breakdown in the market between February 20 and March 20. The latest manager to generate headlines is Kevin Smith at Crescat Capital. His two primary funds earned 40.5% and 34.5% during that period. Smith’s co-portfolio manager compared this selloff and their gains to the book The Big Short. While there are always winners, there are also losers. It appears that Bridgewater and Third Point, both run by dynamic managers, had a tough quarter. Bridgewater’s main fund reportedly lost 20% during the quarter. Dan Loeb’s Third Point had an 11% loss last month. Finally, Glenview shed 30% on paper during Q1.

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Libra Association Dealt A One-Two-Punch: Defections, And Now, The G7
October 14, 2019

Last week, eBay, Visa, Mastercard, and Stripe followed PayPal out of the Libra Association; now, the G7 warns against digital currencies. Last week, fears of regulatory uncertainty (and repercussions) probably…

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Nubank, the Brazilian Fintech, Hits a Purple Patch
October 14, 2019

Brazilian fintech startup Nubank has added three million users since August this year. Speaking at the Brazil Investment Forum in Sao Paulo, Nubank founder and CEO David Vélez said the…

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Temasek Will Sit Out the Saudi Aramco IPO on Environmental Concerns
October 12, 2019

Singapore’s Temasek Holdings will not invest in Saudi Aramco’s mega-IPO, sources said, according to Bloomberg. Temasek, which focuses on sustainability and environmental, social and governance principles, will, therefore, be unable…

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Kroll Bond Rating Agency Conference Recap in New York City
October 11, 2019

The Kroll Bond Rating Agency and New York University’s Stern School of Business joined forces recently to hold their very first credit conference. The conference included keynote talks from several…

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Madison Dearborn Partners Eyes Eighth Fund, Sets $4.5 Billion Goal
October 11, 2019

Madison Dearborn Partners, a Chicago-based private equity giant, is launching its eighth fund. The company wants to raise $4.5 billion. The figure would top the $4.4 billion it raised for…

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Bitcoin Options to be Highly Popular with Asian Traders, Miners: CME Group
October 10, 2019

CME Group’s forthcoming launch of Bitcoin options will likely be lapped up by Asian crypto players. Asian crypto traders and miners, along with European speculators and hedgers, already account for…

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Will Testify Before House Financial Services Committee
October 10, 2019

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress about his firm’s cryptocurrency project. Zuckerberg will speak before the House financial services committee on the launch of Libra.

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Blackstone Sells Last Building from Famous 2007 Real Estate Deal
October 10, 2019

The Wall Street Journal says that Blackstone has sold the last office building it purchased in 2007. The building was part of their $39 billion purchase of Equity Office Properties…

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Senators strong-arm Visa, Mastercard, and Stripe on Libra: “…expect a high level of scrutiny.”
October 10, 2019

Facebook’s Libra stablecoin project received another jolt when US Senators wrote an “or…else” letter to certain Libra Association members. Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) wrote to the…

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PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor: VC Investing Declined in Third Quarter
October 10, 2019

PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor released its examination of venture capital flows for the third quarter of 2019. The report says that American VC shops invested $28.2 billion in 2,265 transactions during…

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