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The U.S. Real Estate Market in Charts

A Wealth of Common Sense

Back in 2020 I wrote a quick rundown of the U.S. real estate market in charts to show how the pandemic was impacting the housing market. It’s been a few years so it’s time to update those charts. The existing home months’ supply measures the number of months it would take to sell all of the houses on the market at the current pace of sales: It’s well off the lows of late-2021/early-2022 and trendi.

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You Can Outperform 88% of Professional Fund Managers by Using This Simple Investment Strategy

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Professional fund managers are in charge of investing billions of dollars for investors. They're often highly educated, have years of investment experience, and get paid well for their skills and expertise. But the truth is most aren't worth the fees they charge. It doesn't take an advanced degree or special insider knowledge to do better than the vast majority of actively-managed mutual funds.

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Vida Raises $3M in Seed Funding

FinSMEs

Vida, an Austin, TX-based provider of carrier-grade AI voice agents for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), raised $3M in Seed funding. The round was led by Stillmark. The company intends to use the funds to accelerate the deployment of its innovative AI voice solutions. Led by CEO Lyle Pratt, Vida is a provider of enterprise-grade AI […] The post Vida Raises $3M in Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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AIMCo talks total portfolio approach, private credit, and risk

Top 1000 Funds

As AIMCo prepares to beef up its private credit team in New York, CIO Marlene Puffer explains how she plans to scale the allocation, as well as describing a new total portfolio approach to private markets, and the investor's new approach to risk management

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The Automatic Investing Revolution

A Wealth of Common Sense

My personal finance pipedream for America is that we adopt something like Australia’s retirement system where workers are forced to save a certain percentage of their income for retirement. That pipedream will never happen because Americans hate being forced to do anything. You need to make people think that saving for retirement is their idea.

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A Shocking Robotaxi Stock You Don't Want to Overlook

The Motley Fool

Croatian automaker Rimac announced a robotaxi concept last week, and Mobileye (NASDAQ: MBLY) is the one powering the company's autonomous driving technology. Could this be a path to millions of vehicles becoming fully autonomous? In this video, Travis Hoium covers the company's strategy to be a key technology provider. *Stock prices used were end-of-day prices of June 30, 2024.

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HIG Capital to acquire CGH Group

Private Equity Wire

An affiliate of HIG Capital, a global alternative investment firm with $64bn of capital under management, is to acquire CGH Group, a manufacturer of large, engineered storage tanks and tank accessories in EMEA. CGH was established in the mid-1990s and is headquartered in Bydgoszcz, Poland. According to a statement, the company applies a fully automated production process of environmentally friendly storage tanks for flammable and hazardous liquids, water, or liquefied petroleum gas, as well as t

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How collaboration and creativity come together in OTPP’s new offices

Top 1000 Funds

OTPP has re-imagined the office with its new downtown Toronto headquarters. George Konidis explains how the premises will help attract top talent and support a new kind of working and collaboration.

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2 Artificial Intelligence Stocks That Could Make You a Millionaire

The Motley Fool

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the hot trend on the market today. While there is certainly some hype associated with it, AI looks to have some staying power and is poised to have a real effect on the economy. People and companies are using AI to use and create all kinds of transformative applications. Photo imaging that's never been done before and data analysis at unheard-of speeds are just two examples.

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Pieces Raises $13.5M in Series A Funding

FinSMEs

Pieces, a Cincinnati, OH-based developer productivity tech startup, raised $13.5m in Series A funding. The round was led by Drive Capital with participation from Cincinnati’s Cintrifuse Capital, Miami University’s RedHawk Ventures and local high-net-worth investors. The company intends to use the funds to roll out the next phases of its product. Co-founded by Tsavo Knott, […] The post Pieces Raises $13.5M in Series A Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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EQT to acquire Keywords in £2.2bn deal

Private Equity Wire

Swedish private equity firm EQT is to acquire Keywords Studios, an Irish company focused on developing software used in video games, in a deal that values the business at £2.2bn, according to a report by MarketWatch. Under the terms of the transaction, EQT will pay 2,450 pence per share, representing a 66.7% premium over the software developer’s share price on 17 May, when formal negotiations began.

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Public speaking venues you may not have thought of for public speaking and prospecting

Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT)

By Bryce Sanders It has been said public speaking is the future of prospecting. If you stand up in a room of 50-plus people and make a good impression, logically you should gain a client or two plus several prospects. If you’d like to try it out, here are a few ideas to get you started and some places to speak that you — and other financial advisors — may not have thought of.

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One of Warren Buffett's 8 "Forever" Holdings Just Became Wall Street's Newest Stock-Split Stock

The Motley Fool

For almost 60 years, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) (NYSE: BRK.B) CEO Warren Buffett has been wowing Wall Street with his investing prowess. Since becoming CEO in 1965, the affably dubbed "Oracle of Omaha" has overseen a nearly 4,950,000% aggregate return in his company's Class A shares (BRK.A). This explains why roughly 40,000 investors eagerly flock to Berkshire's annual shareholder meeting each year.

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Tembo Raises $14M in Series A Funding

FinSMEs

Tembo, a Cincinnati, OH-based provider of a Postgres managed service for organizations to handle open-source database for transactional, analytical and AI workloads, raised $14M in Series A funding. The round was led by GreatPoint Ventures with participation from Venrock, Grand Ventures, Wireframe Ventures, Defined Capital, Cintrifuse Capital, and angels.

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PE firms up acquisitions of UK companies

Private Equity Wire

Private equity firms have significantly increased their buyouts of British companies, with 95 deals worth a cumulative £13.8bn in the first half of 2024, according to a report by the Times citing industry research. Figures compiled by the Centre for Private Equity and Management Buyout Research at Nottingham University Business School show that across Europe, there were a total of 327 deals valued at €49.6bn, including 11 “mega deals” each worth more than €1bn.

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HitecVision picks up LACERA Capital for second New Energy Fund following sharp pivot from fossil fuels

AltAssets

HitecVision, a veteran oil and gas investor for more than 30 years, is continuing to haul in capital targeting energy transition deals following its sharp pivot away from fossil fuels two years ago. The post HitecVision picks up LACERA Capital for second New Energy Fund following sharp pivot from fossil fuels first appeared on AltAssets Private Equity News.

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Is SoFi Stock a Once-in-a-Generation Investment Opportunity While It's Below $10?

The Motley Fool

The financial services sector is one of the largest and oldest industries out there. But in the past decade or so, there has been tremendous innovation. That's because the internet and tech advancements have created new avenues for businesses to serve customers. This is precisely what SoFi Technologies (NASDAQ: SOFI) is doing. Its name recognition seems to get more powerful with each passing year.

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Uncaged Innovations Closes $5.6M Seed Funding

FinSMEs

Uncaged Innovations, a NYC-based biomaterial company creating sustainable leather from grains at scale, raised $5.6M in Seed funding. The round was co-led by Green Circle Foodtech Ventures and Fall Line Capital, with participation from Ponderosa Ventures, Golden Seeds and existing investor InMotion Ventures, the investment arm of JLR (Jaguar Land Rover).

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IK in talks over sale of Mademoiselle Desserts to the Emmi Group

Private Equity Wire

IK Partners’ IK VIII Fund has entered into exclusive discussion to sell its stake in Mademoiselle Desserts, a European manufacturer of frozen pastries, to the Emmi Group. Financial terms of the proposed transaction have not been disclosed. In partnership with IK since 2018, Mademoiselle Desserts has acquired Pâtisserie Michel Kremer in 2018; Les Délices Des 7 Vallées in 2019; Planète Gourmet in 2021; and Galana in 2023.

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Deal Roundup: BlackRock buys Preqin in £2.55bn deal, EQT and Oakley seal strong Idealista sale to Cinven for €2.9bn

AltAssets

BlackRock has agreed to buy private markets data provider Preqin in a £2.55bn cash deal. The company said it would bring Preqin’s data and research tools together with its own Aladdin portfolio management software as complementary businesses. The firm said private markets are the fastest growing segment of asset management, with alternative assets expected to […] The post Deal Roundup: BlackRock buys Preqin in £2.55bn deal, EQT and Oakley seal strong Idealista sale to Cinven for €2.9

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2 "Magnificent Seven" Stocks to Buy Right Now

The Motley Fool

Bank of America analyst Michael Hartnett took a cue from a classic Western film last year when he expanded on the idea of the FAANG stocks, dubbing his new set of the most important companies on Wall Street the " Magnificent Seven. " These commanding megacaps are: Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) Meta Platforms (NASDAQ: META) Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) All of them remain dominant forces in today's market -

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Pi Squared Raises $12.5 Million in Seed Funding Led by Polychain Capital to Build a Universal ZK Circuit Powered by Proof of Proof

FinSMEs

Champaign, Illinois, United States, 2nd July 2024, Chainwire The post Pi Squared Raises $12.5 Million in Seed Funding Led by Polychain Capital to Build a Universal ZK Circuit Powered by Proof of Proof appeared first on FinSMEs.

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KKR to acquire Varsity Brands from Bain Capital in $4.75bn deal

Private Equity Wire

Private equity firm KKR & Co has agreed a deal to acquire Varsity Brands, a US manufacturer of sports uniforms and school yearbooks, from Bain Capital for approximately $4.75bn, including debt, according to a report by Reuters. The report cites sources familiar with the matter as confirming that the acquisition will see Varsity Brands become part of KKR’s Americas private equity fund.

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Deal Roundup: Ardian buys back into DIAM, Astorg ups Acturis stake to 52%

AltAssets

Ardian has agreed to buy a majority stake in DIAM, a specialist in the visual merchandising and shopfitting markets for the beauty and luxury sectors, alongside BNP Paribas Développement. Ardian previously invested in DIAM between 2016 and 2018. The company has continued to grow, and last year its sales exceeded €400m. Arnaud Difer, head of […] The post Deal Roundup: Ardian buys back into DIAM, Astorg ups Acturis stake to 52% first appeared on AltAssets Private Equity News.

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Should You Buy Rocket Lab Stock Below $5?

The Motley Fool

There might not be anything harder than building a private spaceflight company. One company has done so with consistent commercial success -- SpaceX -- with other start-ups such as Blue Origin failing to gain much traction even with close to unlimited funding from their owners. The opportunity in front of these companies is enormous. Analysts expect the space economy to be worth more than $1 trillion within a decade, but few are seemingly up to the task.

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Rejuvenate Bio Receives $4M in Funding

FinSMEs

Rejuvenate Bio, a San Diego, CA-based biotechnology company dedicated to developing novel gene therapies for chronic age-related diseases, received $4M in grant from California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The company intends to use the funds to complete its IND-enabling activities for the development of RJB-0402 for the treatment of desmoplakin gene variant arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy […] The post Rejuvenate Bio Receives $4M in Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Albion Capital completes Egress sale

Private Equity Wire

KnowBe4, a security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, has completed the acquisition of cyber security specialist Egress, the portfolio company of private equity firm Albion. Egress was founded in 2007 and offers a cloud email security platform using what it calls an adaptive security model, which leverages AI to assess human risk and provide email protection.

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US intervened in Congo mine sale to Chinese arms group

Financial Times M&A

US officials encouraged state miner Gécamines to review sale to a subsidiary of Chinese defence company Norinco

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Buy Everything (With Just 2 Vanguard ETFs)

The Motley Fool

Many people find investing daunting, and for good reason. Selecting individual investments can be a confusing, time-consuming, and stressful task. There's always a fear that you might be "wrong" even though everyone is wrong sometimes. Don't let that put you off. There's a simple way to get started, and all you need are two Vanguard exchange-traded funds (ETFs)!

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Redactive AI Raises $7.5M USD in Seed Funding

FinSMEs

Redactive AI, a Melbourne, Australia-based provider of a developer platform that solves for the missing AI engineering and security skill sets lacking within enterprise software teams, raised $7.5M USD in Seed funding. The round was led by Felicis and Blackbird, alongside Atlassian Ventures and automation unicorn Zapier. The company intends to use the funds to […] The post Redactive AI Raises $7.5M USD in Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Pemberton holds first close of NAV strategy at over $1bn

Private Equity Wire

European private credit manager Pemberton Asset Management has held the first close of its new NAV strategic financing strategy at over $1bn of investible capital. The strategy, which provides financing solutions to private equity firms, secured investment from Abu Dhabi Investment Authority as anchor investor, Legal & General and others. According to a press statement, NAV strategic financing “capitalises on the growth of the private equity fund finance market to provide non-dilutive

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Overcoming 4 common reasons why people don’t buy insurance

Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT)

By Zilia Tam Sometimes, due to preconceived ideas, prospects and clients do not think they need life insurance or other types of insurance. They then reject financial advisors and life insurance agents who approach them Here are some reasons why you might experience a lack of interest from clients in insurance, and seven-year MDRT member Oi Tung Lee , of Kowloon, Hong Kong, China, advises what to do about it.

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Are You Financially Secure? CNBC Survey Reveals What Americans Think That Means

The Motley Fool

Image source: Getty Images If you spend enough time on social media, you'll find them: the financial security bros. They'll tell you how to become more financially secure with their 14-point plans, but they never really tell you what financial security means. This is probably, in part, because financial security can mean a lot of different things to different people, depending on their income and financial situation.

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American Discovery Capital Closes Fund II, at $190M

FinSMEs

American Discovery Capital, a Los Angeles, CA-based merchant bank focused on founder-led and family-owned companies operating in the lower middle market, closed its Fund II, at $190M. ADF I closed in 2019 and invested $60M across six portfolio companies and 17 add-on acquisitions. Consistent with its prior fund, ADF II will continue to target majority and significant […] The post American Discovery Capital Closes Fund II, at $190M appeared first on FinSMEs.

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