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If You'd Invested $10,000 in Amazon Stock 10 Years Ago, Here's How Much You'd Have Today

The Motley Fool

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has become an e-commerce and cloud computing powerhouse over the past several years -- and this has translated into a track record of revenue and profit growth. Even in tough times, like in the recent high-interest-rate environment, Amazon prevailed, revamping its cost structure and going on to recover and grow. Of course, the stock price has dipped at certain points, but overall, if you had invested in Amazon a while back and stuck with this dynamic player, you would have

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How to Objectively Measure the "Fundability" of Your Startup

This is going to be BIG.

Sorry, you can’t. The decision to fund a company is a combination of a lot of human factors—an assessment of one group of humans by another group of humans, fraught with apples-to-oranges comparisons. Yet, everyone’s got an opinion about how a company measures up, especially the founder. ( If you want mine, I’m doing a little consulting now. ) So, how do you know what truth is?

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Should You Retire Overseas? Here's How to Decide

The Motley Fool

Image source: Getty Images One factor that universally impacts everyone's retirement plans, regardless of their chosen location, is the amount of money they've saved. According to New York Life, Americans retiring at 65 can expect an average of 20 years in retirement and will need approximately $987,000 to cover their expenses. Meanwhile, the average cost of living, excluding rent, is nearly 29% lower in some destinations, like Portugal, than in the U.S.

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Market Concentration

The Big Picture

A quick break from book authorship to share a fascinating set of data and charts, via Sam Ro. In his weekly missive, Sam points to some amazing charts from Global Financial Data. They are based on historical data that looks at 200 Years of Market Concentration. You might be surprised at the findings. As the chart above shows, there are long periods of market concentration.

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Zeta Labs Raises $2.9M Pre-Seed Funding

FinSMEs

Zeta Labs, a San Francisco, Ca-based AI research and product company, raised $2.9M in Pre-Seed funding. The round was led by Daniel Gross, former head of AI at Y Combinator, and Nat Friedman, former Github CEO, with participation from Earlybird VC and Kaya VC as well as AI Grant, Shawn (swyx) Wang, Bartek Pucek and Mati Staniszewski, founder of […] The post Zeta Labs Raises $2.9M Pre-Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Not Getting Rich Fast Enough

A Wealth of Common Sense

The plural of anecdote is not data. You can’t extrapolate your individual experience or the experiences of your family, friends and peers to the broader economy, markets, political climate, etc. Just because the dumbest person you know is going all-in on Nvidia does not mean the stock market is going to collapse tomorrow. That’s not how any of this works.

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UK real estate industry set for private equity cash injection

Private Equity Wire

UK real estate businesses believe private equity will be the main source of investment over the next 12 months, according to a recent survey by accounting firm RSM UK, with 42% of ranking PE ahead of high street banks (37%) and foreign investors (32%). In addition, 43% of all businesses surveyed by the audit, tax and consulting firm expect private rented sector and residential to see the most investment growth, followed by student housing at 24%, up from 19% last year.

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Debunking QSR Minimum Wage BS: A Follow Up

The Big Picture

@TBPInvictus here A few days ago, Barry and I detailed how unscrupulous bad actors had taken Not Seasonally Adjusted data to falsely claim that California’s new $20/hour minimum wage had cost the state almost 10,000 quick-serve restaurant (QSR) jobs. I wrote: It appears to me that the Journal got that number from BLS. However, BLS only offers the series without seasonal adjustment; this makes a very meaningful difference.

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Ship Angel Raises $5M in Funding

FinSMEs

Ship Angel, a NYC-based provider of an AI-native platform for international shippers, raised $5M in funding. The round was led by Glasswing Ventures and newark venture partners (nvp), with participation from Bienville Capital, Socii Capital, and Plug and Play. The company intends to use the funds to support the expansion of its ocean and air […] The post Ship Angel Raises $5M in Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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The Two Types of Money People

A Wealth of Common Sense

A reader asks: I consider myself a good conservative money manager for my personal finances but recently I have been looking for a nice house that I can enjoy for years to come. I am 56 and an early retiree. I just sold my condo and now have a total of $3.6 million mostly invested in broad market ETFs except for the $450k in cash set aside for a new house.

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Better Cloud AI Stock: Oracle vs. Datadog

The Motley Fool

Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) and Datadog (NASDAQ: DDOG) represent two ways to invest in the secular growth of the cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) markets. Oracle provides cloud-based database services, enterprise software, and generative AI services across its own cloud infrastructure platform. Datadog's platform collects diagnostic data from a company's servers, databases, and software in real time, and it aggregates all of that information onto unified dashboards for IT professionals.

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LP sentiment to private markets remains strong, says Coller

Private Equity Wire

The vast majority of limited partners are expecting to either increase or maintain their allocations to private markets investments over the next year, according to Coller Capital’s semi-annual Global Private Capital Barometer. The 40th edition of the barometer, which captured the views of 110 private capital investors from around the world who oversee a combined $2.1tn in assets, revealed that around one in three (31%) expect to increase their target allocation to alternative assets in th

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Looking past the hype to the real benefits (and risks) of AI

Top 1000 Funds

AI is on every investor’s lips as a technology that will revolutionise businesses and industries. The Fiduciary Investors Symposium heard that looking past the hype to the tangible, on-the-ground benefits presents some genuine challenges for asset owners and the managers they often employ to do it for them.

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Daisy Raises $11M in Series A Funding

FinSMEs

Daisy, a Costa Mesa, CA-based home and small business technology installation and services company, raised $11M in Series A funding. The round, which brought the total amount to $13.3M, was led by Goldcrest and Bungalow with participation from Bullish, Burst Capital, and angel investors. The company intends to use the funds to onboard new partners […] The post Daisy Raises $11M in Series A Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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How to Be Happier at Work

A Wealth of Common Sense

There’s a lot that took place during the early days of the pandemic that still blows my mind. Schools were shut down. No sports. No one really left their house. And tens of millions of people started working from home in the biggest labor market experiment in history. Employers and employees were given no warning. There were no focus groups, training sessions or prep time.

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Is Ethereum a Millionaire Maker?

The Motley Fool

There's no denying that Ethereum (CRYPTO: ETH) has been one of the best crypto investments of the past decade. At its current price of $3,500, Ethereum is up more than 10,000-fold from its initial price of just $0.31. As a result, an investment of just $100 in 2015 would have likely been enough to make you a crypto millionaire today. But we're moving into Ethereum's second decade now, and it's no longer a slam-dunk certainty that you can become a crypto millionaire by investing at today's prices

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CalPERS supports California bill requiring state approval for healthcare acquisitions

Private Equity Wire

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System has voted to support the California bill that requires private equity and hedge fund firms to obtain consent from the state attorney general for acquisitions or changes in control of healthcare facilities or provider groups. The board of the $499.7bn pension fund also put forward an amendment to extend its application to all healthcare facility or provider group mergers or acquisitions, beyond just those involving private equity or hedge

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Deal Roundup: KKR said to pay $850m for minority Quick Quack Car Wash stake, Permira lowers Golden Goose IPO expectation with €1.86bn market cap

AltAssets

KKR has made a “significant” minority investment in Quick Quack Car Wash, reported by Reuters to be around $850m. Long-time Quick Quack investor Seidler Equity Partners will continue to hold a stake in the business. The company has more than 230 express car wash locations across California, Texas, Arizona, Utah and Colorado. KKR director Sam […] The post Deal Roundup: KKR said to pay $850m for minority Quick Quack Car Wash stake, Permira lowers Golden Goose IPO expectation with

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Echion Tecnologies Raises £29M in Series B Funding

FinSMEs

Echion Tecnologies, a Sawston, UK-based developer of niobium-based, fast-charging battery materials, raised £29M in Series B funding. The round was led by Volta Energy Technologies with participation from CBMM, BGF and Cambridge Enterprise Ventures. The company intends to use the funds to execute its go-to-market strategy to see its niobium-based XNO® anode material utilized in […] The post Echion Tecnologies Raises £29M in Series B Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Private equity gets carried away in the UK

Financial Times M&A

Plus, how David Ellison’s bid for Paramount collapsed and the steep geopolitical battle to buy a US ammunitions maker

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These 3 Index ETFs Are a Retiree's Best Friend

The Motley Fool

Most investors' portfolios look different in retirement than they do during their working years. And rightfully so. Investors mostly need growth while they are working, when they have time to ride out any rough patches. Once retired, though, they typically need income and stability from their investments. There's one thing that doesn't change as investors transition from their careers to their golden years, however.

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Blackstone completes Tropical Smoothie Cafe acquisition

Private Equity Wire

Blackstone has completed the acquisition of Tropical Smoothie Cafe, a franchisor of fast casual restaurants, from Levine Leichtman Capital Partners. The deal is the first for the most recent vintage of the firm’s flagship private equity vehicle. Blackstone’s investment in Tropical Smoothie Cafe is the most recent example of a number of leading franchisors the firm has partnered with to help propel growth, including Hilton Hotels and SERVPRO.

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Former ING arm Parquest raises €414m for above-target close of third independent fund

AltAssets

Mid-market French private equity house Parquest has rasied more than €410m for the final close of its third flagship fund since spinning out of ING Group in 2014. The post Former ING arm Parquest raises €414m for above-target close of third independent fund first appeared on AltAssets Private Equity News.

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Astrocade AI Raises $12M in Seed Funding

FinSMEs

Astrocade AI, a San Francisco, CA-based provider of an AI-powered social gaming platform, raised $12M in Seed funding. Backers included AME Cloud Ventures, NVIDIA Ventures, Venture Reality Fund, Eric Schmidt, Niccolo De Masi, John Riccitiello, David Baszucki, Jerry Yang, Mike Abbott, and more. The company intends to use the funds to expand operations and its […] The post Astrocade AI Raises $12M in Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Turning AI loose inside asset-owner organisations

Top 1000 Funds

The power of artificial intelligence to makes sense of huge volumes of data and produce real business gains has obvious appeal for asset owners. Working out how to apply the technology can be overwhelming, but the Fiduciary Investors Symposium heard that the most important thing is to start.

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Stock Splits Ahead? 3 AI Stocks Poised to Split After Nvidia

The Motley Fool

Artificial intelligence (AI) superstar stock Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) announced a stock split on May 22 this year. Share prices have climbed 36% since then. The wild success could have some other AI companies on Wall Street contemplating following suit (even if the split isn't necessarily the sole reason behind the stock's performance). Remember, a stock split doesn't change anything about the underlying business or the stock's fundamentals.

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Distressed debt soars at PE portfolio companies

Private Equity Wire

Distressed debt levels at private equity-owned companies have surged amid persistent high interest rates, with the amount owed by portfolio companies of the world’s 50 largest PE firms up 18% since mid-March to $42.7bn, according to a report by Bloomberg citing rankings from Private Equity International. With the PE industry loaded up with companies acquired during a period of low interest rates, industry leaders including Apollo Global’s Scott Kleinman and Steve Wilkinson, a managin

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Ex-Secretary of State Pompeo joins former One Equity Partners pair to launch new private equity firm Niobrara

AltAssets

A pair of former One Equity Partners senior execs have teamed with former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to launch a new private equity firm. The post Ex-Secretary of State Pompeo joins former One Equity Partners pair to launch new private equity firm Niobrara first appeared on AltAssets Private Equity News.

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Stanly Raises $8M in Pre-Series A Funding

FinSMEs

Stanly, a Los Angeles, CA-based provider of a platform designed for fans to connect, engage, and celebrate their favorite fandoms, raised $8M in Pre-Series A funding. The round was led by Adrian Cheng’s C Capital, with participation from AppWorks, Goodwater, Palm Drive Capital, and others. The company intends to use the funds to expand its team […] The post Stanly Raises $8M in Pre-Series A Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Animal Spirits: Addicted to Trading

A Wealth of Common Sense

Today’s Animal Spirits is brought to you by Nasdaq and Fabric: See here for more information on Nasdaq’s ETF ecosystem Go to meetfabric.com/spirits for more information on life insurance from Fabric by Gerber Life On today’s show, we discuss: Daily TSA travel data still strong The loneliness of the American worker Why the recession still isn’t here Americans have more investment income than e.

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Attention, Baby Boomers: This Little-Known Social Security Clause Can Meaningfully Increase Your Monthly Payout

The Motley Fool

For most retirees, Social Security doesn't just provide a check they'll receive each month. Rather, this income serves as a much-needed financial foundation that allows seniors to meet their obligations. According to an analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, America's leading retirement program was responsible for pulling 22.7 million people above the federal poverty line in 2022, including 16.5 million adults aged 65 and over.

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Admaius Capital Partners acquires The Particle Group

Private Equity Wire

Admaius Capital Partners, a Rwanda-based private equity firm investing across Africa, has acquired The Particle Group, a manufacturer of certified reference materials for the metals and mining industries. Admaius is investing alongside TPG’s senior management, led by chief executive Raksha Naidoo, via a transaction that will see the company leave parent Synerlytic Group Holdings, which is owned by private equity firm Infinite Partners.

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Sterling Group, Inflexion among $585m of new alternatives fund commitments from Wisconsin pension

AltAssets

The $148.8bn-managing State of Wisconsin Investment Board has revealed a string of new alternative asset fund commitments. The post Sterling Group, Inflexion among $585m of new alternatives fund commitments from Wisconsin pension first appeared on AltAssets Private Equity News.

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Canary Speech Raises $13M in Series A Funding

FinSMEs

Canary Speech, a Provo, UT-based AI-powered voice biomarker health tech company, raised $13m in Series A funding. The round was led by Cortes Capital (Love’s Private Equity), with participation from Sorenson Communications, SMK, and Hackensack Meridian Health. The company intends to use the funds to expand its team to support growth driven by advancements in artificial intelligence […] The post Canary Speech Raises $13M in Series A Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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