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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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SEC Rejects Bitcoin ETF Proposal from Bitwise
October 10, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rejected Bitwise Asset Management’s efforts to launch a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). The agency said that Bitwise’s proposal failed to meet legal requirements tied…

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#Fuelherfuture: Crowdfunding Platform Kiva Hits $1 Billion In Lending to Female Entrepreneurs
October 9, 2019

Crowdfunding loans platform Kiva celebrates the $1 billion mark in lending to women entrepreneurs with a tie-up with Pepsi. Kiva, the crowdfunding loans platform, created a new initiative, #FuelHerFuture with…

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Federal Reserve’s Harker: The Fed Will Have a Digital Currency (One Day)
October 7, 2019

Digital currency may come to the Federal Reserve in the future. Philadelphia Federal Reserve President Patrick Harker expects that the U.S. central bank will begin issuing a digital currency.

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John McAfee Invents Something on Blockchain
October 7, 2019

McAfeeDex is poised to launch on Monday. Bitcoin advocate John McAfee announced the launch of his latest crypto project on Friday.

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Elizabeth Warren: Everything is Wrong with Private Equity, Everything
October 6, 2019

The “Elizabeth Warren War on Private Equity” hit a new stride after the Democratic candidate took aim at PE firms that own or back for-profit colleges. Recently, Senator Warren (D-Mass)…

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Peter Thiel’s VC Firm is Suing “Winnie Cooper’s” Sister
October 5, 2019

Crystal McKellar played Becky Slater on The Wonder Years. Her older sister is Danica McKellar, who played Winnie Cooper. And today, she faces a breach of contract lawsuit from Peter Thiel’s…

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Finablr And Samsung Pay Announce New Fintech Money Transfer Service
October 4, 2019

For the first time in the US, a Samsung Pay user can transfer money internationally to 47 countries using their mobile. Finablr, a UK-based and listed fintech, has partnered with…

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State Street on Blockchain: The Trickle of Digital Assets Will Soon Turn Into A Flood
October 4, 2019

State Street, the huge custody bank which holds assets of over $30 trillion, may soon see a flood of blockchain-based digital assets. According to Jay Biancamano, State Street’s head of…

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The DailyAlts Playbook – October 3, 2019
October 3, 2019

Today, the DailyAlts Playbook talks Trump tariffs on the things we love, Libra’s woes, the ESG Gold Rush, and a special lunch with Bill Ackman. The Dow was flat on…

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Why McAfee Expects Bitcoin to Touch $1 Million by 2020
October 2, 2019

John McAfee explains in a Forbes interview why he thinks Bitcoin will climb to $1 million by 2020. McAfee’s bitcoin prediction, famously made in 2017, is still alive and kicking…

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