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Private equity returning to platforms, with greater efficiency

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This article was first published in the Spring issue of Middle Market Dealmaker , the official print publication of the Association for Corporate Growth.

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Amazon's About to Spend a Lot More. Here's Why That Makes the Stock an Even Better Buy.

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Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has been one of the hottest mega-cap stocks on the market. Its shares have soared nearly 20% year to date and are up more than 70% over the last 12 months. The company revealed in its first-quarter update on Tuesday that it plans to increase capital expenditures in the coming quarters. Does this increased spending diminish Amazon's prospects?

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30 Years of Financial Market Returns

A Wealth of Common Sense

A colleague recently asked me to run the 30 year annual returns for U.S. stocks, bonds and cash. He just wanted the returns. I couldn’t help but slice and dice the numbers and overanalyze the data because that’s what we do here. Let’s dig in. First the annual return numbers for the S&P 500, 10 year treasuries and 3 month T-bills over the 30 years ending in 2023: Some thoughts about these numbers: St.

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Jigsaw Raises $15M in Series A Funding

FinSMEs

Jigsaw, a London, UK-based entity management platform focused on corporate infrastructure management, raised $15M in Series A funding. The round was led by Exor Ventures with angels from KKR, Morgan Stanley and Linklaters. The company intends to us the funds to expand operations, its development efforts, and continue to grow its global presence. Founded by […] The post Jigsaw Raises $15M in Series A Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster

The Big Picture

In the northeast, Spring has fully sprung. Temps are expected to kiss 80 today, and after a mild winter, we have been enjoying abundant sunshine. The daffodils and tulips are up, the magnolias are blooming, and the pear and cherry trees are explosions of colors! All of that blue sky beckons us to hop in a roadster to enjoy the open road. My first high HP car was a BMW convertible, but the open-top car that set the standard was the 507.

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Here's What Happens When You Tip With a Credit Card

The Motley Fool

Image source: Getty Images While I'm not a big fan of tipping culture in general, I have to acknowledge the reality around me, so I always try to tip fairly when I'm out. But one conversation I've had with a few folks over the years isn't so much about how much to tip as to what method to give that tip. Specifically, is it better to tip with your credit card as part of your bill, or should you use cash to tip?

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Volta Raises $4.1M in Seed Funding

FinSMEs

Volta, a Las Vegas, NV-based digital asset company providing Volta Circuit, a multi-signature, non-custodial platform, raised $4.1M in Seed funding. The round wad led by Fika Ventures and Haven Ventures, alongside support from Soma Capital, Dispersion Capital, and Uphonest Capital. The company intends to use the funds to support the launch of its infrastructure technology that expands access and control […] The post Volta Raises $4.1M in Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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MISTAKE MONDAY for April 29: Can YOU spot what’s wrong?

Investment Writing

Can you spot what’s wrong in the image below? Please post your answer as a comment. This example has more than one mistake. I post these challenges to raise awareness of the importance of proofreading. The post MISTAKE MONDAY for April 29: Can YOU spot what’s wrong? appeared first on Susan Weiner Investment Writing.

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Best Stock to Buy Right Now: Costco vs. Walmart

The Motley Fool

Costco (NASDAQ: COST) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT) are two of the retail sector's most resilient stocks. Both companies weathered fierce competition from Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and expanded as other brick-and-mortar retailers crumbled. Over the past five years, Costco's stock soared 199% as Walmart's stock advanced 78%. The S&P 500 rose only 73% in comparison.

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Advent eyes OQ Chemicals takeover

Private Equity Wire

Boston-headquartered private equity firm Advent International has entered into discussions with the Government of Oman over a potential injection of fresh capital into state-owned OQ Chemicals in exchange for a majority stake in the company, according to a report by Bloomberg. The report cites unnamed people familiar with the matter in revealing that Advent is considering investing up to $250m in a deal that would see it take control of the business, with current owner and state energy company O

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Balcony Technology Group Closes Pre-Seed Funding

FinSMEs

Balcony Technology Group, a Hoboken, NJ-based blockchain infrastructure company, raised an undisclosed amount in Pre-Seed funding. Backers included Blizzard Fund. The company intends to use the funds to expand operations and development efforts. Balcony Technology Group is a technology company committed to modernizing real estate by working with governments and leveraging blockchain technology for secure, […] The post Balcony Technology Group Closes Pre-Seed Funding appeared first on FinSM

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The New Normal in Housing Prices

A Wealth of Common Sense

The season 3 finale of Lost was one of the most mind-blowing episodes of television I’ve ever watched. It completely broke the mold of the show from flashbacks to flashforwards. We have to go back is a line that’s etched into my memory for good: Subscribe to The Compound so you never miss an episode. Further Reading: Who is Buying a House in This Market?

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1 Unstoppable Stock That Could Join Microsoft, Apple, Nvidia, Alphabet, Amazon, and Meta in the $1 Trillion Club

The Motley Fool

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become all the rage since early 2023, so it's easy to forget that these sophisticated algorithms have been around in some form or another for decades, helping early adopters become some of the world's most valuable companies. Microsoft tops the list at $2.9 trillion, having wrested the crown from Apple , which clocks in at No. 2 at $2.6 trillion.

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CVC Credit closes Cordatus XXXI at more than €440m

Private Equity Wire

CVC Credit, the €40bn global credit management business of CVC Capital Partners, has closed Cordatus XXXI, its fourth new Collateralised Loan Obligation (CLO) this year, at more than €440m (c$475m). The new vehicle, which was tightly priced despite broader market volatility, brings CVC’s aggregate value of newly priced CLOs in 2024 to c€1.8bn (c$2.0bn).

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Indicium Raises $40M Investment from Columbia Capital

FinSMEs

Indicium, a NYC- and São Paulo, Brazil-based data and AI consultancy, raised a $40M investment from Columbia Capital. The company intends to use the funds to further expand its US operations (which currently represents 30% of its revenue) and create a US HQ in New York, building its local team. Led by Matheus Dellagnelo (CEO), […] The post Indicium Raises $40M Investment from Columbia Capital appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Janus Henderson set to march into Europe with Tabula acquisition

Financial Times M&A

The $335bn manager already has $14bn in active fixed-income ETFs in the US and is eyeing rapid growth in demand globally

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Should You Buy Palantir Technologies Stock Before Monday?

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Palantir Technologies (NYSE: PLTR) , one of the forerunners of modern artificial intelligence (AI), is scheduled to report the results of its fiscal 2024 first quarter (ended March 31) after market close on Monday. Wall Street will be waiting with bated breath to review its performance -- and with good reason. The stock has surged roughly 250% since the beginning of last year, driven higher by Palantir's improving financial results and the profit potential resulting from generative AI.

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Baird Capital adds to PE teams in London and Chicago

Private Equity Wire

Baird Capital, the direct private investment arm of American multinational firm Robert W. Baird & Co, has added Samuel Pollard as an Investment Associate to its global private equity team in London, in addition to Anthony Zhu as Principal in Chicago. Pollard joins Baird from his role as a Manager within corporate finance at PricewaterhouseCoopers, having completed accountancy training at KPMG.

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Lamini Raises $25M in Funding

FinSMEs

Lamini, a Palo Alto, CA-based startup that is building a platform to help enterprises deploy generative AI applications, raised $25m in seed and Series A funding. Backers included including Amplify Partners (led Series A), First Round Capital (led Seed), Andrew Ng, Andrej Karpathy, Bernard Arnault, Pierre Lamond, Sarah Guo, Dylan Field, Lip-Bu Tan, Drew Houston, AMD Ventures, and others.

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Ex-Pioneer boss to be barred from ExxonMobil’s board by US regulator

Financial Times M&A

FTC expected to raise concerns over Scott Sheffield’s messages with Opec as it moves to approve $60bn deal

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Is Ripple (XRP) a Millionaire Maker?

The Motley Fool

XRP (CRYPTO: XRP) , the native cryptocurrency of the Ripple payment protocol network, reached its all-time high of $3.84 on Jan. 4, 2018. That represented a whopping gain of nearly 40,000% over the previous 12 months. But today, XRP trades at about $0.50. Like many smaller altcoins, XRP lost its luster as rising interest rates chilled the cryptocurrency market.

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Carlyle Group earning up 59% in Q1

Private Equity Wire

Strong asset sales across Carlyle Group’s private equity portfolio saw the alternative asset management firm’s distributable earnings jump by nearly 59% year-on-year in the first three months of the year, according to a report by Reuters. Distributable earnings – the cash used to pay dividends to shareholders – rose to $431.3m from $271.6m in Q1 2023 which equates to $1.01 per share, ahead of the average Wall Street analyst estimate of 94 cents, according to LSEG data.

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RunReveal Raises $2.5M in Seed Funding

FinSMEs

RunReveal, an Austin, TX-based provider of a SIEM built to detect threats, raised $2.5M in Seed funding. The round was led by Costanoa Ventures. The company intends to use the funds to scale its team and roll out additional offerings. Founded in 2023 by Evan Johnson and Alan Braithwaite, RunReveal is a security data platform […] The post RunReveal Raises $2.5M in Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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US regulator’s Opec collusion claim sets off tremor in oil patch

Financial Times M&A

CEOs weighing mergers may think twice after FTC bars industry veteran from Exxon’s board

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52% of Warren Buffett's $372 Billion Portfolio Is Invested in These 2 Magnificent Stocks

The Motley Fool

If you've ever wondering why more than 40,000 people flock to Berkshire Hathaway 's (NYSE: BRK.A) (NYSE: BRK.B) annual shareholder meeting each year, look no further than the track record of longtime CEO Warren Buffett. Since the affably named "Oracle of Omaha" became CEO in the mid-1960s, he's overseen a greater-than 4,900,000% aggregate return in his company's Class A shares (BRK.A).

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Knox Lane acquires All Star Healthcare Solutions

Private Equity Wire

San Francisco-based investment firm Knox Lane has acquired a majority stake in All Star Healthcare Solutions, a US full-service healthcare staffing firm focused on the locum tenens market. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. All Star’s founders and management team will reinvest alongside Knox Lane and continue to own a significant minority stake in the company going forward.

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Unicorn Raises $5.8M in Seed Funding

FinSMEs

Unicorn, a Chicago, IL-based provider of a tech-enabled platform for spirits and wine collectors globally, raised $5.8M in Seed funding. Backers included Protagonist, Blue Equity, 640 Oxford, Middleton Partners, and angels Jason Pritzker, Edward Lando, Andrew Macdonald, Ken Fredrickson (Master Sommelier), the Wirtz and Merinoff Families, and co-founders of VII(N)-The Seventh Estate: Asani Swann and NBA All-Star and entrepreneur, Carmelo Anthony.

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Paramount expected to fire CEO Bob Bakish after clash with Shari Redstone

Financial Times M&A

Company weighs deal with Skydance as Sony and Apollo prepare counter-offer

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3 Vanguard ETFs to Buy If You're Looking for Reliable Passive Income

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Vanguard exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are excellent ways to get low-cost exposure to a variety of stocks. And while investors may be familiar with one of the more well-known Vanguard funds like the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF , Vanguard Growth ETF , or the Vanguard Value ETF , there may be even better funds out there for generating reliable passive income With expense ratios of 0.10% or less, here's why the Vanguard High-Dividend Yield ETF (NYSEMKT: VYM) , Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSEMK

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Lincoln International adds MD in London 

Private Equity Wire

Global investment banking advisory firm Lincoln International has added Dr Simon von Witzleben as a Managing Director within its valuations & opinions group in London. In his new role, Witzleben will lead the provision of fairness and solvency opinion advisory services to European private equity firms, public and private companies and boards of directors.

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Ikerian Closes USD 6.18M Series A Extension Financing 

FinSMEs

Ikerian AG, a Bern, Switzerland-based parent company of RetinAI U.S., developer of software solutions for medical image and data management, and artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare, raised USD 6.18M in Series A extension funding. The round was led by the corporate venture capital arm of Topcon Healthcare, Inc. The first close in 2023 added Zürcher […] The post Ikerian Closes USD 6.18M Series A Extension Financing appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Why the FED Should Be Already Cutting

The Big Picture

The Fed held its benchmark Federal-Funds rate steady yesterday at 5.25% – 5.5%, leaving the possibility of cuts in the future. Jerome Powell repeated his “ Data Dependent ” mantra. “Persuasive evidence” that higher interest rates were no longer necessary to bring down inflation is what the FOMC wants, and today I want to share a few pieces of that evidence.

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3 Dividend Growth Stocks that Just Raised Their Payouts

The Motley Fool

Dividend stocks that raise their payouts can often make for great long-term investments. As their payouts rise, investors collect more dividend income. Dividend increases can also give you some important insights into how well a company is doing. If it's a strong and healthy increase, that may be a good sign the business is doing well and anticipating much more growth.

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The 4 Safest Places for Retirees to Put Their Money

The Motley Fool

Image source: Getty Images For most of your career, you focus on growing your retirement savings. Retirement itself is a big adjustment, because at that point, your new goal is making that money last. This is one of the top concerns for U.S. retirees -- 40% worry that they'll outlive their retirement savings, according to a survey by Clever. And about 1 in 5 (19%) say that their savings have already run out.