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Preqin launches risk management solution for private markets

Private Equity Wire

Preqin, a specialist provider of alternative assets data, tools and insights, has launched Transaction Intelligence. It is available to clients through the firm’s flagship platform, Preqin Pro, or as a standalone product. Transaction Intelligence provides aggregated and anonymised transaction data at the deal and asset-level, combining customisable visualisation tools with aggregated and anonymised deal performance data and asset operational metrics.

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Move Over Pepsi, There's Officially a New No. 2 Soda Behind Coca-Cola

The Motley Fool

For well over a century, The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) and Pepsico (NASDAQ: PEP) -- or the Pepsi-Cola Company as it was previously called -- have been locked in a struggle for carbonation supremacy. This struggle is sometimes called the Cola Wars. For 40 years, little has changed. That is, until now. According to The Wall Street Journal , Dr Pepper -- from beverage company Keurig Dr Pepper (NASDAQ: KDP) -- has now pulled even with Pepsi for the second spot on the carbonated beverage charts.

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Seattle Redux: Misunderstanding Seasonal Adjustments

The Big Picture

@TBPInvictus here. About a decade or so ago, the city of Seattle undertook to raise its minimum wage, over time, to $15/hour. (Massive credit to my friend Nick Hanauer for his efforts to make that happen.) What followed in the immediate aftermath of both the announcement and implementation was nothing less than a apocalyptic, collective head explosion on the right about the devastating effects the increase would have, particularly in the food services sector: However, there’s little doubt that t

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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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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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1 Stock That Should Safely Outpace the S&P 500, According to Warren Buffett

The Motley Fool

One of the most common principles of investing is that you need to take on greater risk in order to earn greater rewards. However, occasionally, the market will offer investors a great price on a solid company, providing an opportunity to outpace the S&P 500 's (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC) returns without as much downside potential. Warren Buffett is excellent at spotting these opportunities.

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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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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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You Can Do Better Than the S&P 500: Buy This ETF Instead

The Motley Fool

It's not easy to beat the market. Only 8% of active large-cap fund managers have outperformed the S&P 500 over the last 15 years. Those who simply invested in an S&P 500 index fund, therefore, beat 92% of professional money managers. If you want to invest successfully, one of your best options is to stick with the S&P 500. But what if you want even more growth?

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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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Continuity Raises €10M in Series A Funding

FinSMEs

Continuity, a Paris, France-based provider of an AI-powered risk detection platform for professional and commercial insurers, raised €10M in Series A funding. The round was led by 115K with participation from Elaia and Bpifrance. The company intends to use the funds to expand operations and its development efforts. Led by Benoît Pastorelli, CEO, Continuity provides […] The post Continuity Raises €10M in Series A Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Bain to acquire edtech PowerSchool in $5.6bn deal

Private Equity Wire

Private multi-asset alternative investment firm Bain Capital is to acquire PowerSchool Holdings, a provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education, in a transaction valuing the business at $5.6bn. Under the terms of the agreement, PowerSchool stockholders will receive $22.80 per share in cash upon completion of the proposed deal. The per share purchase price represents a premium of 37% over PowerSchool’s unaffected share price of $16.64 as of 7 May 2024, the last trading day prior to media r

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3 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Stocks That Could Go Parabolic

The Motley Fool

Nvidia has been the talk of the town since generative artificial intelligence (AI) burst onto the scene last year with the advent of OpenAI's ChatGPT. Since then, nearly every tech titan has laid down plans to develop its own version of ChatGPT or other generative AI service. But investing in Nvidia or even one of the tech giants isn't the only way to play the AI trend.

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Fixed Income Has Income Again

A Wealth of Common Sense

The bad news about the historic bond bear market is that fixed income investors were forced to deal with large losses in certain areas of the bond market. The good news is the rising rates that caused the bear market in bonds mean yields are in a much better place than they’ve been for the past 10-15 years. Fixed income has income again. In fact, investors in search of yield have all sorts of options — T-bill.

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YourSix Raises $10.5M in Series A Funding

FinSMEs

YourSix, a St. Paul, MN-based company which specializes in cloud physical security solutions, raised $10.5M in Series A funding. The round was led by Vocap Partners and joined by Eastside Partners. The company intends to use the funds to support broader market penetration and accelerate its YourSixOS platform. Led by CEO Eric Styles, YourSix is […] The post YourSix Raises $10.5M in Series A Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Parquest raises €414m for third fund

Private Equity Wire

French mid-market private equity firm Parquest has held the final close of Parquest III with total limited partner commitments of €414m. Launched in 2022, the fund was oversubscribed and exceeded its initial target size of €400m. Parquest III is 34% larger than its predecessor, Parquest II, which closed at €310m. Parquest III will continue the firm’s strategy of investing in French SMEs valued between €20m and €200m, in deal sizes of up to €100m per transaction, both directly and through i

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If You'd Invested $10,000 in General Electric (Now GE Aerospace) Stock 5 Years Ago, Here's How Much You'd Have Today

The Motley Fool

Let's not string things along here. The answer is roughly $46,000. This significant return represents an exceptional performance for investors who parked $10,000 in the former General Electric stock five years ago, coinciding with the early years of CEO Larry Culp's tenure. While the lineal heavyweight champion to GE is now GE Aerospace (NYSE: GE) , investors have also received stock in GE HealthCare Technologies (NASDAQ: GEHC) and GE Vernova (NYSE: GEV) along the way.

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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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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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Japan is “fastest growing investor base” in Asia, says Eurazeo

Private Equity Wire

Mathieu Teisseire, Managing Partner and Head of Investor Relations at Eurazeo, expects Japan to be “the fastest growing investor base” in Asia over the next year, according to a report by Private Equity International. Speaking to PEI, Teisseire noted “a general interest across platforms, both private equity and private debt”, though the firm’s focus in the short term would most likely be on the latter.

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Should You Buy Synopsys Stock Right Now?

The Motley Fool

Fool.com contributor Parkev Tatevosian answers if investors should by Synopsys (NASDAQ: SNPS) stock at current valuations. *Stock prices used were the afternoon prices of June 11, 2024. The video was published on June 13, 2024. Should you invest $1,000 in Synopsys right now? Before you buy stock in Synopsys, consider this: The Motley Fool Stock Advisor analyst team just identified what they believe are the 10 best stocks for investors to buy now… and Synopsys wasn’t one of them.

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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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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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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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Is It Safe to Buy Stocks With the S&P 500 at Record Highs? History Gives a Surprising Warning.

The Motley Fool

The S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC) has returned 14% year to date, rocketing through more than two dozen record highs in the process. The index peaked most recently on Wednesday, June 12 following better-than-expected inflation data from May. To elaborate, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) climbed 3.3% during the 12-month period that ended in May, slightly below the 3.4% analysts anticipated.

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Battle of the Bots: Comparing and Ranking Nine AI Notetaker Solutions

XY Planning Network

Unless you’ve been living under a rock in a deep cave on an uninhabited island, you’ve witnessed AI revolutionizing industries, carving new landscapes everywhere it touches—in what feels like nanoseconds. Financial planning is no exception. In this article we’re going to focus on the opportunities AI offers advisors to streamline operations and reduce costs regarding note and record-keeping.

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OnSecurity Technology Raises £5.5M in Seed Funding

FinSMEs

OnSecurity Technology, a Bristol, UK-based cybersecurity company that specialises in Penetration Testing, raised £5.5M in Seed funding. Gresham House Ventures made the investment. The company intends to use the funds to support its plans for rapid growth and innovation, as well as R&D. Led by Conor O’Neill, CEO, OnSecurity is a penetration testing vendor dedicated […] The post OnSecurity Technology Raises £5.5M in Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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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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1 Magnificent AI Stock Set to Soar 1,366%, According to Cathie Wood's Ark Invest

The Motley Fool

Ark Investment Management operates eight exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that invest in technology stocks at the forefront of innovation, from industries such as electric vehicles (EVs) to robotics to artificial intelligence (AI). Ark is run by Cathie Wood, a seasoned investor known for her incredibly bullish calls on stocks in the tech sector. Recently, she said EV giant Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) could be the biggest AI opportunity in the world thanks to its autonomous self-driving software.

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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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FirmPilot Closes $7M Series A Funding Round

FinSMEs

FirmPilot, a Miami, FL-based AI marketing engine for law firms, raised $7M in Series A funding. The round was led by Blumberg Capital and DoubleVerify, with participation from Valor Ventures, SaaS Ventures, FJ Labs, and Connexa Capital. The company intends to use the funds to expand operations and its development efforts. Led by CEO and […] The post FirmPilot Closes $7M Series A Funding Round appeared first on FinSMEs.

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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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Suffering From Retirement Anxiety? 3 Ways to Overcome It.

The Motley Fool

Retirement can be an extremely exciting period of life. But the idea of retiring can also be stressful. In retirement, you're going from working and earning a paycheck to living off of savings and having to fill your days. It's a transition many people struggle with and worry about ahead of time. In fact, 55% of Americans worry they won't be financially stable in retirement, according to the National Institute on Retirement Security.

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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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