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Diversification is About Decades

A Wealth of Common Sense

A lot of investors have abandoned international diversification (or at least strongly considered it) in recent years. I understand why this is happening. The U.S. stock market has destroyed all comers ever since the Great Financial Crisis ended. Since 2009, a total U.S. stock market index fund is up more than 660% while a total international index fund is up more like 180%.

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This Ridiculously Cheap Warren Buffett Stock Could Make You Richer

The Motley Fool

Like bargains? Most people do. Whether you're talking about groceries, airplane tickets, or automobiles, the lower the price, the better the buy. Bargain prices aren't limited to physical goods though. Stocks can be bargains as well. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett largely became a billionaire, in fact, by buying value stocks as a means of maximizing the long-term bang he gets for his investment buck.

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CoreWeave Secures $7.5 Billion Debt Financing Facility led by Blackstone and Magnetar

Blackstone News

Reinforces CoreWeave’s market position as the AI hyperscaler Builds on CoreWeave’s significant momentum, evidenced by over $12 billion raised from equity and debt investors over the last 12 months Historic financing builds on the Company’s recently announced $1.1 billion Series C and $2.3 billion debt raise in 2023 Investment represents one of the largest private financings in history New funding will be used to support the market’s unprecedented demand for CoreWeave’s specialized AI cloud infra

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What Stagflation?

The Big Picture

The Misery Index — the combination of Inflation and unemployment — failed as a bearish criticism of the economy. Unemployment remains at 60-year lows, and Inflation has plummeted from 9% down to the 3s. If you have a bearish mindset , and seek confirmation of that perspective, then the next economic critique after the Misery Index you try on for size is “Stagflation.” We have heard the S-word from Jamie Dimon , Stanley Druckenmiller , Bank of America , Barclays , Fox , Ma

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Gambler’s Fallacy in the Stock Market

A Wealth of Common Sense

These are the trailing total returns for the U.S. stock market1 over various time frames: Year to date: +11% One year: +30% Five years: +94% Ten years: +223% Fifteen years: +679% Not bad considering we’ve had two bear markets in the past four years. If you put $10,000 into the U.S. stock market five years ago, your money has essentially doubled: Now look at the returns by year: 2019: +31% 2020: +21% 2021: +26% 2022.

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3 Things You Need to Know If You Buy New York Community Bancorp Today

The Motley Fool

New York Community Bancorp (NYSE: NYCB) managed to take the 2023 bank run scare in relative stride. In fact, it even bought parts of Signature Bank, one of the banks that ended up going out of business. But New York Community Bancorp ran into problems as 2024 got underway, with the stock now down around 75% from its 52-week high. If you buy shares of this bank, you need to know these three key facts. 1.

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Astorg overcomes industry fundraising headwinds to raise €4.4bn for biggest fund yet

AltAssets

Pan-European private equity firm Astorg has raised €4.4bn for its biggest-ever flagship fund, four months after bringing in two new senior IR execs as part of a European LP push. The post Astorg overcomes industry fundraising headwinds to raise €4.4bn for biggest fund yet first appeared on AltAssets Private Equity News.

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The Destiny of Demographics

A Wealth of Common Sense

Demographics are destiny but the reactions to that destiny aren’t set in stone. Take a look at how things have changed from 2010 to today along with where we’re going in the future: The largest age brackets today are in the 30-34 and 35-39 range. Hello millennials. By the 2030s and 2040s the largest cohorts will be in their 30s to 50s. But look at how the older buckets will slowly fill up over time.

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Huge Artificial Intelligence (AI) News for 3 Tech Companies This Week -- None of Which Are Named Nvidia

The Motley Fool

When people think of artificial intelligence (AI), they gravitate to graphics processing unit (GPU) chip leader Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) -- and rightly so. Nvidia currently has a huge lead making the chips needed for today's most advanced AI applications. But AI benefits will offer growth opportunities for lots of tech companies that haven't seen their stocks run as far and fast as Nvidia.

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enspired Raises € 25.5M in Series B Funding

FinSMEs

enspired, a Vienna, Austria-based AI-based power trading company, secured €25.5m in Series B funding. The round was led by Zouk Capital with participation from PUSH VC, Banpu NEXT, Vopak Ventures, Presidio Ventures, Emerald Technology Ventures, Helen Ventures, 360 Capital, and EnBW New Ventures. The company intends to use the funds to expand operations and its […] The post enspired Raises € 25.5M in Series B Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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RIA Breakaways: What’s Driving Movement of Advisors at Independent Firms?

Diamond Consultants

This new wave of transitioning advisors is feeling the pushes and pulls of an evolving industry. Over 9,000 advisors changed firms in 2023, marking a 7% increase from the year before.* While this movement is prevalent across all industry channels, it is particularly pronounced within the RIA world and represents a growing trend that’s a dichotomy of sorts.

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Northern Europe PE major FSN Capital launches small-cap strategy with €400m Compass Fund

AltAssets

European private equity house FSN Capital Partners has raised more than €400m for Compass Fund, a small-cap vehicle looking to address “society’s key challenges” Compass will invest in areas including the green transition and knowledge economy, and uses the same advisor team as the €1.8bn flagship Fund VI the firm closed in 2021. More than half […] The post Northern Europe PE major FSN Capital launches small-cap strategy with €400m Compass Fund first appeared on AltAssets Priva

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Alibaba Stock Is Beaten Down Now, but It Could 10X

The Motley Fool

When Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA) went public at $68 per share on Sept. 18, 2014, it raised $25 billion and became the largest initial public offering (IPO) in U.S. history. At the time, the bulls were impressed by the Chinese e-commerce and cloud leader's rapid growth rates. On Oct. 27, 2020, Alibaba's stock reached its record high of $312.87. That was a near five-bagger gain for its initial investors, and many analysts were convinced its stock could go even higher over the next few years.

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InstaAstro Raises $2.30M in Pre-Series A Funding

FinSMEs

InstaAstro, a Mumbai, India-based provider of an online astrology platform, raised $2.30M in Pre-Series A funding. Backers included LogX Ventures, Singularity Ventures, IR Capital Partners, and Aloke Bajpai, MD & CEO of Ixigo. The company intends to use the funds to launch a new spiritual e-commerce, Daily Pooja, and Reiki healing services. Led by CEO […] The post InstaAstro Raises $2.30M in Pre-Series A Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Gridiron loses three dealmakers

Private Equity Wire

Private equity firm Gridiron Capital has informed investors of the impending departure of Senior Managing Director Will Hausberg and Managing Directors Brad Skaf and Doug Rosenstein, according to a report by Bloomberg. The report cites unnamed people with knowledge of the matter in confirming that the trio are set to explore other opportunities, including potentially starting a new firm.

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ODDO BHF triples debut secondaries fund total with €715m sophomore raise

AltAssets

The private equity arm of Franco-German financial services veteran ODDO BHF has breezed past its target for its sophomore secondaries fund to reach a €715m final close. The post ODDO BHF triples debut secondaries fund total with €715m sophomore raise first appeared on AltAssets Private Equity News.

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Stock Market vs. 5% CD: How Much $5,000 Grew Over the Past 2 Years

The Motley Fool

Image source: The Motley Fool/Upsplash There are many great options for investors looking to earn money. One option that's gained in popularity lately is opening a certificate of deposit (CD). Some CD rates pay annual percentage yields (APYs) of more than 5%, but is a CD the best place to grow your money? Probably not. Here's how much a 5% CD would have earned you over the past two years compared to the stock market's gains.

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trawa Raises €10M in Seed Funding

FinSMEs

trawa, a Berlin, Germany-based green energy provider, raised €10M in Seed funding. The round, which brought the total amount to over $12M, was led by Balderton Capital. AENU also participated in the round, alongside previous investors Speedinvest, Magnetic and TinyVC. The company intends to use the funds to expand its AI technology and build out […] The post trawa Raises €10M in Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Greybull sell Summit Professional Education to Avathon Capital

Private Equity Wire

Private investment firm Greybull Stewardship has sold health professional education provider Summit Professional Education to Avathon Capital. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Greybull acquired the company in 2014. Greybull said that Summit had shifted from its sole offering of in-person courses to include live streams, live webinars, online courses and podcasts, and that the company grew EBITDA by 600%.

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Deal Roundup: KKR agrees IQGeo take-private, Castik to buy PE-backed Andra Tech

AltAssets

KKR has agreed a £316m take-private deal for UK-based geospatial network managing software specialist IQGeo Group. The 480 pence per share deal is 19% above IQGeo’s last closing stock price. KKR said it sees an opportunity to accelerate IQGeo’s transition towards a recurring software centric business model and the development of IQGeo’s future product roadmap […] The post Deal Roundup: KKR agrees IQGeo take-private, Castik to buy PE-backed Andra Tech first appeared on Alt

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Want Decades of Passive Income? 2 Stocks to Buy Now and Hold Forever

The Motley Fool

If you're seeking passive income, you need to think about investing in a slightly different way. Dividends become more important, for sure, but so does a company's ability to keep paying that dividend through thick and thin. On that score, energy giants ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) and Chevron (NYSE: CVX) have proven they are both buy-and-hold stocks for dividend investors.

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Leya Raises $10.5M in Seed Funding

FinSMEs

Leya, a Stockholm, Sweden-based legal tech startup, raised $10.5M in Seed funding. The round was led by Benchmark with participation from Hummingbird, SV Angel and Y-Combinator. The company intends to use the funds to expand operations and development efforts. Leya provides a platform offering an AI system that works natively with the documents and knowledge […] The post Leya Raises $10.5M in Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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TrueBridge raises $1.6bn across five VC investment vehicles

Private Equity Wire

Venture capital investment firm TrueBridge Capital Partners has raised $1.6bn in capital commitments across five investment vehicles focusing on investments in other venture capital funds and technology companies. According to a press statement, the vehicles – TrueBridge Capital Partners Fund VIII, TrueBridge Seed & Micro-VC II, TrueBridge Direct Fund III, TrueBridge Secondaries I and TrueBridge Blockchain I – attracted support from both existing limited partners and new investors, including

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Hedging Against World War III

A Wealth of Common Sense

A reader asks: I ran across this blog post by Econ blogger Noah Smith, “Americans are still not worried enough about the risk of world war.” He makes the case that we could well be in what he calls “the foothills” of another conflict on the scale of World War II, arguing that right now feels a lot like the mid-late 1930s must have felt as conflicts broke out across the world and gradually merged in.

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2 Millionaire-Maker AI Stocks

The Motley Fool

Artificial intelligence (AI) stocks are zooming. Even the private market is going like gangbusters. Right now, more than one-fifth of all venture capital funding is going toward AI start-ups, According to a report from Crunchbase. Want to get involved? Here are two AI stocks that have minted a sizable number of new millionaires in recent months. 1. Nvidia: This 1 stock is the king of AI No list of red-hot AI stocks would be complete without Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA).

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Gamma Raises $12M in Series A Funding

FinSMEs

Gamma, a San Francisco, CA-based provider of an AI powered presentation platform, raised $12M in Series A funding. The round was led by Accel, with participation from Script Capital, South Park Commons, Lorimer Ventures, and Fellows Fund. The company intends to use the funds to continue to expand operations and its development efforts. Led by […] The post Gamma Raises $12M in Series A Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Ares, CDPQ and Schroders Capital agree €750m Vantage financing

Private Equity Wire

Ares Management’s Infrastructure debt and alternative credit strategies, CDPQ and Schroders Capital’s private debt and credit alternatives team will provide up to €750in financing to data centre provider Vantage Data Centers. Ares and CDPQ are providing up to €300m respectively, and Schroders Capital is contributing up to €150m, with the financing set to be used to expand Vantage’s EMEA data centre portfolio.

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Deal Roundup: Permira agrees $6.9bn Squarespace deal, Cinven said it eye $3bn Jaggaer sale

AltAssets

Permira has agreed a $6.9bn take-private buyout of website building and hosting company Squarespace. The purchase price is a roughly 29% premium over Squarespace’s 90-day volume weighted average trading price on the NYSE. Permira partner David Erlong said, “Squarespace has built a distinct and globally recognized creative brand and an incredible, design-driven platform of tools […] The post Deal Roundup: Permira agrees $6.9bn Squarespace deal, Cinven said it eye $3bn Jaggaer sa

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Are Retirees Ready for a 21% Cut to Social Security Benefits? Here's Exactly When It Could Happen.

The Motley Fool

Social Security benefits help millions of seniors to afford necessities, especially as far too many people don't have enough retirement savings. Unfortunately, these benefits don't do a great job of providing for all of the financial needs of retirees. That's because most people need to replace around 70% to 80% of pre-retirement income at a minimum when retiring, while Social Security benefits typically replace only about 40% of what you were earning before you retired.

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Monitaur Raises $6M in Series A Funding

FinSMEs

Monitaur, a Boston, MA-based model governance software company, raised $6M in Series A funding. The round was led by Cultivation Capital, with participation from Rockmont Partners and others including Defy VC, Techstars, and Studio VC. The company intends to use the funds to accelerate its growth and add talent across functions. Led by CEO Anthony Habayeb, Monitaur is a provider […] The post Monitaur Raises $6M in Series A Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Paramount: the takeover battle that could reshape Hollywood

Financial Times M&A

The tussle for the venerable studio has been billed as the money men against the creatives, but the outcome may help decide who survives in the streaming era

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GP minority stakes investments set to take off in Europe’s mid-market

AltAssets

Antoine Dupont-Madinier, co-head of Lincoln International’s Financial Institutions Group in London, examines why the GP minority stake market has soared in recent years – and highlights his top considerations for firm if they want to get a successful deal done. There is a huge opportunity for mid-market General Partners (GPs) in Europe to take advantage […] The post GP minority stakes investments set to take off in Europe’s mid-market first appeared on AltAssets Private Equity News.

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Want $2,000 in Annual Dividends? Invest $30,000 in These 3 Stocks

The Motley Fool

If you've got money sitting in the bank that you can afford to invest in the stock market today, targeting dividend stocks can be a great move to make right now. Many investors have been putting money into bonds and high-yielding assets which are less risky than stocks. But with interest rates potentially coming down later this year, that could push the pendulum back in the other direction; dividend stocks could soon be hot buys again.

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Switchboard Health Raises $6.5M in Seed Funding

FinSMEs

Switchboard Health, a Boise, ID-based creator of a high-value specialty care network and software platform, raised $6.5M in seed funding. The round was led by First Trust Capital Partners with participation from founding investor Route 66 Ventures, InnovateHealth Ventures, Capital Eleven, and Ikigai Growth Partners. The company intends to use the funds for the continued development of its […] The post Switchboard Health Raises $6.5M in Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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