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Where Will AMD Stock Be in 5 Years?

The Motley Fool

So far, the artificial intelligence (AI) boom has boosted hardware providers more than the software companies that buy their products. And with its shares up by an impressive 71% over the last year, Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD) and its shareholders have certainly benefited from this trend. But with an uncomfortably high valuation and stiff competition from rivals like Nvidia , can AMD maintain its market-beating performance?

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FilmChain Raises £2.4M in Funding

FinSMEs

FilmChain, a London, UK-based provider of a platform to manage payments for films & TV stakeholders, raised £2.8m in funding. The round, which also converted previous notes, was led by the Holt IntersXion fund, with participation from Roca X, DeBa Ventures, TechAngels Romania, and HearstLab. The company intends to use the funds to expand operations […] The post FilmChain Raises £2.4M in Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Here's the Average Spousal Social Security Benefit at Ages 62 and 67

The Motley Fool

MassMutual recently published results from its 2024 Social Security survey, which quizzed 1,500 adults near retirement (ages 55 to 65) with 13 true-or-false questions. As usual, most respondents scored poorly. Less than 1% of participants answered every question correctly, while 78% failed or barely passed. Of particular concern, 25% of participants incorrectly marked the following statement as false: "If I have a spouse, he or she can receive benefits from my record even if he or she has no ind

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Hatch Raises $3M in Seed Funding

FinSMEs

Hatch, a NYC-based provider of AI-powered donor engagement solutions for nonprofits, raised $3M in Seed funding. The round was led by Differential Ventures with participation from Character, Howard Morgan, and angel investors. The company intends to use the funds to accelerate product development, grow its team, and expand its customer base. Hatch provides a ‘Giving Intelligence’ […] The post Hatch Raises $3M in Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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10 Weekend Reads

The Big Picture

The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of coffee, grab a seat by the fire, and get ready for our longer-form weekend reads: • He Loves Speed, Hates Bureaucracy and Told Ferrari: Go Faster : A tech executive with a new management strategy took the wheel of the luxury carmaker. Then it was off to the races. ( Wall Street Journal ) • Boeing’s problems were as bad as you thought : Experts and whistleblowers testified before Congress today.

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Is Auto Insurance Becoming a Crisis?

A Wealth of Common Sense

I was perusing the BLS data following the inflation release last week and one number sticks out like Victor Wembanyana standing next to a group of kindergartners. Auto insurance was up 22% over the previous 12 months versus an overall inflation rate of 3.5%. Look at the change in auto insurance rates these past few years: It’s like a meme stock.

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PE firms eyeing potential NFL gains

Private Equity Wire

The private equity sector has its sights set on the US National Football League (NFL), with several firms quietly preparing funds that would exclusively make NFL investments to comply with potential ownership pre-conditions, according to a report by the Financial Times. The report cites three unnamed people briefed on the matter as revealing that a special committee of NFL owners has been reviewing ownership policy since last summer.

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Podcast-turned-venture firm 20VC is back with its largest fund yet

AltAssets

20VC, the venture capital firm that launched off the success of the Twenty Minute VC podcast, is seeking $400m for its third flagship fund. The post Podcast-turned-venture firm 20VC is back with its largest fund yet first appeared on AltAssets Private Equity News.

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The Psychology of Inflation

A Wealth of Common Sense

A reader asks: I get all the stuff Ben has been saying about inflation — wages have kept pace, economic growth has been higher than the 2010s, wages have risen the most for lower income people, etc. I get all that. My husband and I own a house and own stocks so we’ve benefitted in recent years. Having said all of that, I STILL CAN’T GET OVER HOW HIGH PRICES ARE!!!

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Warren Buffett's $31,000 House Is Now Worth $1.4 Million -- but He Still Says Renting Would've Made Him Wealthier

The Motley Fool

Image source: Upsplash/The Motley Fool You'll often hear that buying a home has the potential to be a good investment. And there may be some truth in that. Property values have the potential to rise a lot over time. Just look at the modest $31,000 home Warren Buffett bought in 1958. At this point, it's worth $1.44 million. So that's a pretty sweet gain for Buffett, should he choose to sell.

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Zeko Labs Raises $3M in Funding

FinSMEs

Zeko Labs, a San Francisco, CA-based blockchain company focused on developing decentralized finance and software solutions, raised $3M in funding. The round was led by UOB Venture Management, Signum Capital, and YBB Capital, with participation from Autonomy Capital, Cogitent Ventures, GBV, Tenzor Capital, 3Commas Capital, ArkGrow, AVID3, Cryptonauts, Nox Holdings, NxGen.xyz, SkyVision Capital (SVC), and Presto Labs. […] The post Zeko Labs Raises $3M in Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Exit Preparation: What Business Owners Need To Know

Axial

When we surveyed Axial’s Investment Banking membership on the topic of exit preparation, we asked a wide range of questions with the hope of distilling the best tips and guides for exit-curious business owners. We then put together a five-part article series with the results and insights gained from those survey responses. Today, we are pleased to share this Exit Preparation ebook, which was assembled by compiling the articles above and additional survey results.

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DTCP soars to €1.6bn digital infra fund close, over 8x larger than debut in strategy

AltAssets

DTCP, the infra and growth investment house launched by senior venture capital execs at Deutsche Telekom, has raised about €1.6bn for the final close of its new digital infra fund. The post DTCP soars to €1.6bn digital infra fund close, over 8x larger than debut in strategy first appeared on AltAssets Private Equity News.

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Rich People Who Don’t Feel Rich

A Wealth of Common Sense

How much money do you have to make to feel rich? It’s a subjective question. A lot depends on your lifestyle, where you live, how much you spend and save, your peer group, and your vulnerability to comparison. The comparison piece matters more than most are willing to admit. Wealth is relative. JP Morgan once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” It’s easy to say when you’re one of the weal.

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Worried About a Stock Market Correction? Keep These 7 Timeless Warren Buffett Lessons in Mind

The Motley Fool

Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) (NYSE: BRK.B) CEO Warren Buffett is arguably the greatest investor of all time and is known for investment wisdom that we can all incorporate into our strategies. With the S&P 500 and other benchmark indexes down significantly in April, here are seven Warren Buffett quotes and how they can apply to this (and other) uncertain environments.

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dataplor Raises $10.6M in Series A Funding

FinSMEs

dataplor, a Manhattan Beach, CA-based provider of global location intelligence solutions, raised $10.6M in Series A funding. The round was led by Spark Capital with participation from Quest Venture Partners, Acronym Venture Capital, Circadian Ventures, Two Lanterns Venture Partners and APA Venture Partners. Alex Finkelstein, General Partner at Spark Capital, will join dataplor’s board of […] The post dataplor Raises $10.6M in Series A Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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One Equity Partners sells Walki to Japan’s Oji Group

Private Equity Wire

One Equity Partners (OEP) has completed the sale of Walki Group Oy, a European supplier of packaging and engineered materials solutions, to Japanese paper products technology company Oji Group. According to a press release, during its ownership of Walki, OEP supported the company’s growth by enabling the execution of acquisitions, which strengthened its market position and broadened its product offering.

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Deal Roundup: Apollo, Sony Pictures said to team up for Paramount bid, Blackstone nears $1bn-plus Geo-Young sale

AltAssets

Apollo Global Management and Sony Pictures are reportedly discussing a joint bid for Paramount Global, after the latter entered exclusive deal talks with independent studio Skydance Media. Reuters reported the news, citing unnamed sources. Apollo had previously offered $26bn in a solo bid for the company, and another $11bn for Paramount’s film studio in a […] The post Deal Roundup: Apollo, Sony Pictures said to team up for Paramount bid, Blackstone nears $1bn-plus Geo-Young sale firs

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How Long Does it Take For a 10 Bagger in the Stock Market?

A Wealth of Common Sense

I first heard the term ‘bagger’ in One Up on Wall Street by Peter Lynch. He writes about Microsoft being a 100-bagger (the book came out in 1989). He mentions Dell as an 889-bagger. Subaru was a 156-bagger. There were a lot of other baggers as well. Lynch is credited with the term ten-bagger for a stock that’s up 10x. There are some well-known ten-baggers during the current bull run.

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2 S&P 500 Dividend Stocks With Yields Above 6% That You Can Buy With $100

The Motley Fool

If you're looking for dividend-paying stocks among members of the S&P 500 , finding a yield high enough to inspire a purchase can be extra challenging these days. The average dividend-paying stock in the benchmark index offers a paltry 1.39% yield. If you have just $100 available to invest, you could buy shares of both Altria Group (NYSE: MO) , and AT&T (NYSE: T).

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VulnCheck Raises $7.95M in Seed Funding

FinSMEs

VulnCheck, a Lexington, MA-based exploit intelligence company, closed its seed funding round at a total of $7.95m, with $4.75m in new funding. Backers included Sorenson Capital. The company intends to use the funds to accelerate growth and bolster product development for its offerings. Led by CEO Anthony Bettini, VulnCheck is an exploit intelligence company that […] The post VulnCheck Raises $7.95M in Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Private equity firms lose interest in Samsonite 

Private Equity Wire

Samsonite International’s high valuation has put off several private equity firms including, Carlyle Group and KKR & Co, considering a buyout of the luggage manufacturer, opening up the possibility for a dual listing of the company, according to a report by Bloomberg. Investment funds initially showed interest, but the valuation expectations of Samsonite were not met.

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BlackRock steps up security for Larry Fink after ‘anti-woke’ backlash

Financial Times: Moral Money

Asset manager’s CEO has become a popular target for criticism over its ESG investing stance

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Deal Roundup: Ridgelake buys into PE firm TorQuest, Wynnchurch picks up Handgards from Wind Point

AltAssets

GP stake acquirer Ridgelake has made a passive, minority investment in Toronto-based buyout firm TorQuest Partners. TorQuest said the deal would provide it with long-term capital to support the ongoing growth of the platform. Ridgelake was founded through a strategic partnership between OA Private Capital and Apogem Capital. Last December TorQuest announced the C$2.1bn hard […] The post Deal Roundup: Ridgelake buys into PE firm TorQuest, Wynnchurch picks up Handgards from Wind Point first

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Why I Keep Buying This Ultra-High-Yielding ETF for Passive Income

The Motley Fool

My top financial goal is to grow my passive income so that it can eventually cover my monthly expenses. I've made a variety of passive income investments, including dividend stocks, real estate partnerships, and bonds. One of my favorite vehicles for generating passive income is investing in exchange-traded funds (ETFs). I own several income-focused ETFs , including the JPMorgan Equity Premium Income ETF (NYSEMKT: JEPI).

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Cape Raises $61M in Funding

FinSMEs

Cape, an Arlington, VA-based privacy-first mobile carrier, raised $61M in funding. The round was led by A* and Andreessen Horowitz. XYZ Ventures, ex/ante, Costanoa Ventures, Point72 Ventures, Forward Deployed VC, and Karman Ventures also participated. The company intends to use the funds to build a nationwide mobile network that provides premium wireless coverage which masks […] The post Cape Raises $61M in Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Riverside considering sale of private credit operation

Private Equity Wire

The Riverside Company, a US private equity firm focused on making control and non-control investments in growing businesses valued at up to $400m, is considering strategy options for direct lending arm Riverside Credit Solutions, including a sale of the business, according to a report by Bloomberg. The report cites unnamed people with knowledge of the matter as confirming that the firm is negotiating with potential buyers of the unit, which provides flexible cash flow-based financing solutions t

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Sports investor Arctos to focus on US deals after raising $4.1bn fund

Financial Times M&A

Shareholder of Paris Saint-Germain targets predictable returns of home market where teams are not relegated and share profits

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Evolution Equity scores over $1bn for largest ever cybersecurity fund

AltAssets

New York-based Evolution Equity Partners has hit an oversubscribed $1.1bn for its third flagship fund to back next generation cybersecurity companies "safeguarding the security of the digital world". The post Evolution Equity scores over $1bn for largest ever cybersecurity fund first appeared on AltAssets Private Equity News.

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3 Millionaire-Maker Artificial Intelligence (AI) Stocks

The Motley Fool

It's reasonably safe to say at this point that artificial intelligence is here to stay, joining a handful of other modern-era technological evolutions like smartphones and the internet. Unlike those other inventions, however, the AI industry is still in its infancy. Most of its growth is still in the future, presenting an opportunity for investors looking to capitalize on its growth.

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NeuBird Raises $22M in Seed Funding

FinSMEs

NeuBird, a San Francisco, CA-based provider of a cloud-based generative operations platform for enterprises, raised $22M in Seed funding. The round was led by Mayfield. The company intends to use the funds to bring AI ITOps engineer to the enterprises. Founded by Goutham Rao and Vinod Jayaraman, NeuBird is bringing Generative AI into operations via […] The post NeuBird Raises $22M in Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Fund administrator Alter Domus goes live on Temenos Multifonds platform

Private Equity Wire

Alter Domus, a provider of tech-enabled fund administration, private debt and corporate services for the alternative investment industry, has gone live on Temenos’ automated Multifonds fund management platform. Alter Domus is headquartered in Luxembourg and has large operations in the US. The provider employs around 5,100 across 38 offices globally.

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Goldman Sachs traders help profits jump 28%

Financial Times - Banking

Wall Street bank beats estimates by almost $1bn as investment banking and trading arms report strong results

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Ex-Wynnchurch, Pamplona exec launches new private equity firm FalconPoint Partners

AltAssets

New private equity firm FalconPoint Partners has been launced by former Wynnchurch Capital Management New York office lead Russ Gehrett. The post Ex-Wynnchurch, Pamplona exec launches new private equity firm FalconPoint Partners first appeared on AltAssets Private Equity News.