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When is the Mean Reversion Coming in the Stock Market?

A Wealth of Common Sense

I posted the following on Twitter this week: It’s turning into another banner year for the U.S. stock market (so far). Here’s a good follow-up question on these numbers: This is a legitimate concern. Since 2020 the S&P 500 has compounded at more than 14% per year. That’s not just a pandemic phenomenon either. Since the start of 2009, the S&P 500 has seen returns of 14.5% per year.

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Here's Why Shares in Whirlpool Zoomed Higher This Week

The Motley Fool

There's no secret to it. The market was awash with speculation over a potential takeover bid from German industrial giant Bosch following a Reuters article on the matter. The German company is reportedly looking at bidding for Whirlpool (NYSE: WHR). The speculation highlights the value case for the stock Investors and industry management can look at companies differently.

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Inflation is Obvious But Wage Gains Seem Invisible

The Big Picture

I’ve been observing how radically unusual various sentiment readings have been for a few years now. It made little sense to me that the post-pandemic era saw sentiment levels far below major dislocations such as the ‘87 crash, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Dotcom implosion, or the 08-09 great financial crisis. We have tried to identify the causal factors by considering social media , increases in partisanship , ignorance, even trolling of pollsters.

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EvolutionaryScale Raises $142M in Seed Funding

FinSMEs

EvolutionaryScale, a NYC-based artificial intelligence powered biology startup, raised $142m in seed funding. The round was led by Nat Friedman, Daniel Gross and Lux Capital, with participation from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and NVentures, the venture capital arm of NVIDIA, as well as angel investors. The company intends to use the funds to expand operations and […] The post EvolutionaryScale Raises $142M in Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Is Europe a Buy Here?

A Wealth of Common Sense

I came across a bunch of charts in the past few weeks about Europe’s economic and market struggles. Let’s take a look. These charts that show how the biggest companies in the U.S. stock market are as big or bigger than some of the biggest economic powers in Europe always get me: The UK has something like 1,900 stocks on the London exchange.

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You Can Retire on $41.67 a Month -- if You Do These 2 Things

The Motley Fool

Image source: Getty Images There are different guidelines out there when saving for retirement. But generally speaking, experts say you should aim to save 15% or more of your income annually for your senior years. Social Security will only replace about 40% of a typical wage in retirement, and that's without benefit cuts, which might happen if lawmakers can't fix the program's financial problems.

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Orby AI Raises $30M in Funding

FinSMEs

Orby AI, a Mountain View, CA-based technology company which specialises in generative AI solutions for the enterprise, raised $30M in funding. The round was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Wing VC and WndrCo with additional participation from Pear VC. The Series A financing followed a seed funding round co-led by NEA and Pear VC. […] The post Orby AI Raises $30M in Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Finding your way back from a career slump

Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT)

By Elke Rubach, LL.M., CLU Sometimes during your career as a financial advisor, you may feel like you’re struggling, and working harder isn’t getting you anywhere but more frustrated and tired. When this happens, my advice is to take a day off, sit down and don’t think about anything. This is your time to disconnect and hit the reset button. This gives you space to think about what’s at the root of your challenges as well as to think back to why you wanted to be a financial advisor.

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Prediction: These Could Be the Best-Performing Healthcare Stocks Through 2030

The Motley Fool

Believe it or not, we're nearly halfway through this decade. The healthcare sector could be in store for monumental changes over the next few years. These changes should present great opportunities for investors to make money. But where should they put their money? I predict these could be the best-performing healthcare stocks through 2030 (listed by descending market cap). 1.

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Chicago public school teachers’ pension fund allocates $30m to PE funds

Private Equity Wire

Chicago Public School Teachers’ Pension & Retirement Fund has allocated $30m to private equity funds following its 20 June board meeting, according to a report by Pensions & Investments. The $12.5bn pension fund has allocated $20m to the Mesirow Private Equity Co-Investment Fund IX managed by Mesirow Financial, having previously committed $20m to Mesirow Private Equity Fund VIII-B in 2021.

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Synthpop Raises $5.6M in Seed Funding

FinSMEs

Synthpop, a NYC-based provider of an AI-driven platform for healthcare workflows, raised $5.6M in Seed funding. The round was led by Peterson Ventures, with participation from defy.vc, Zelda Ventures, Think+ Ventures, and OVO Fund. The company intends to use the funds to hire additional engineering team members, enhancing their ability to provide agile software development […] The post Synthpop Raises $5.6M in Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Investment staff at Ohio STRS lose bonuses to board infighting

Top 1000 Funds

The investment committee at the $94 billion State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS Ohio) has narrowly voted to block bonuses to investment staff.

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4 Stocks That Turned $1,000 Into $1 Million (or More)

The Motley Fool

If you're like most investors, you're angling to find that stock that will turn $1,000 into a cool million. It's not an easy feat, but it has been done before, and it's likely to happen again. And some of the stocks that have accomplished this feat may surprise you. 1. Home Depot: $28.3 million If you had invested $1,000 in Home Depot 's (NYSE: HD) initial public offering in 1981, set your dividends to reinvest, and not touched that investment since then, you'd have a position worth more than $2

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Healthcare-focused PE firm Martis Capital Management opens third office in Miami

Private Equity Wire

US healthcare-focused private equity firm Martis Capital Management has opened an office in Miami, marking its third location after Washington, DC and San Francisco. As part of the opening in Coconut Grove, Martis has added Beth Dresdale as a principal on its value creation team and David Muckey as a director on its investment team. Dresdale was previously a principal at Incline Equity Partners.

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Feon Energy Raises $6.1M in Seed Funding

FinSMEs

Feon Energy, a Woburn, MA-based battery electrolyte startup spun out of Stanford University, raised $6.1M in Seed funding. The round was led by Fine Structure Ventures, with participation from Eight Roads, Foothill Ventures, MassVentures, EPS Ventures, and Valkyrie Fund. The company intends to use the funds to expand its R&D team, scale up its high-throughput molecular […] The post Feon Energy Raises $6.1M in Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Is the era of the mega private equity deal over?

Financial Times M&A

The lack of exit options for investments has forced some executives to reconsider more swashbuckling strategies

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Elon Musk Just Gave Super Micro Computer and Dell Investors a Reason to Cheer

The Motley Fool

One of the biggest themes in the markets for the last two years has been artificial intelligence (AI). Naturally, famed entrepreneur Elon Musk has found himself at the center of the AI revolution -- and he just gave investors a big reason to seriously consider both Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL) and Super Micro Computer (NASDAQ: SMCI). Let's explore how Musk is working with these AI leaders, and assess if these stocks are good buys right now.

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BGF invests £11.5m in UK leisure and hospitality EPOS solution provider Tevalis

Private Equity Wire

Growth capital investor BGF has invested £11.5m in UK leisure and hospitality EPOS solution provider Tevalis. The deal was led by Rob Johnson and James Baker from BGF’s Yorkshire and North East team. As part of the deal, Rob Caul has been appointed as a non-executive chair. Caul previously founded, scaled and oversaw HR software business Kallidus through multiple rounds of PE investment.

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Bright Machines Raises $126M in Series C Funding

FinSMEs

Bright Machines, a San Francisco, CA-based company which specializes in intelligent, software-defined manufacturing, raised $126M in Series C funding. The round, which brought the total amount to over $400M, consisted of $106M BlackRock with participation from NVIDIA, Microsoft, Eclipse, Jabil and Shinhan Securities, and $20M in venture debt from J.P.

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LVMH’s Bernard Arnault emerges as personal stakeholder in Richemont

Financial Times M&A

Investment could revive speculation about takeover scenarios among world’s biggest luxury groups

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Everything You Need to Know About an SBA Loan

The Motley Fool

Image source: Getty Images When it comes to small business financing, SBA loans are like the Swiss Army knife in your entrepreneurial toolkit. Flexible, supportive, and designed with small business owners in mind, these loans can be a game-changer for your company's growth. But navigating the world of SBA loans can feel like trying to solve a Rubik's Cube -- confusing at first but incredibly satisfying once you get the hang of it.

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KKR eyes $20bn for North American PE fund

Private Equity Wire

Private investment major KKR & Co is gearing up to secure approximately $20bn from investors for its latest flagship North America private equity fund, North America Fund XIV, according to a report by Reuters. According to Reuters’s sources, KKR commenced its investor outreach earlier this month. The firm aims to achieve a net internal rate of return in the high-teens percentage range and plans to deploy capital steadily at a rate of 20% to 25% annually.

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Compredict Raises $15M in Series B Funding

FinSMEs

Compredict, a Darmstadt, Germany-based company which specializes in AI-powered solutions for software-defined vehicles, raised $15M in Series B funding. The round was led by Woven Capital, Toyota’s growth fund, with participation from existing investor Shift4Good. The company intends to use the funds to expand its global footprint, diversify its product offerings, and enhance large-scale deployment capabilities. […] The post Compredict Raises $15M in Series B Funding appeared first o

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Private equity sale of can maker is rare windfall from faded buyout boom

Financial Times M&A

KPS deal to sell Eviosys comes as dealmakers have struggled to exit a growing stockpile of ageing investments

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Here's Why You May Never Want to Set Foot in Target Again

The Motley Fool

Image source: Upsplash/The Motley Fool There's an old joke that it's impossible to get through a Target run without spending at least $100. I've certainly managed to spend less. But to be fair, the last time I went, my bill came to just over $100 courtesy of my kids being with me and wanting extra things on top of what my shopping list contained. As a general rule, I don't tend to do a lot of shopping at Target.

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Arcus Infrastructure Partners exits cold storage provider to EQT

Private Equity Wire

European private equity major EQT, through its EQT Infrastructure VI fund, has agreed to acquire storage services provider Constellation Cold Logistics from Arcus Infrastructure Partners. EQT’s investment is expected to help Constellation expand within existing and new markets, both organically and through European M&A. The transaction is expected to close this October, after which EQT Infrastructure VI is expected to be 40-45% invested.

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Ario Raises $16M in Seed Funding

FinSMEs

Ario, a Palo Alto, CA-based AI-powered assistant for parents, raised $16M in Seed funding. Backers included Wing Venture Capital, Floodgate, Bain Capital Ventures, Moxxie, and angels. The company intends to use the funds to expand operations and development efforts. Led by CEO Sumit Agarwal, Ario is an AI life assistant that takes care of mundane […] The post Ario Raises $16M in Seed Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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Brussels explores antitrust probe into Microsoft’s partnership with OpenAI

Financial Times M&A

EU executive arm drops merger review into US tech companies’ alliance

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If You'd Invested $1,000 in Apple Stock 27 Years Ago, Here's How Much You'd Have Today

The Motley Fool

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock has experienced many struggles since its 1980 IPO. After its board fired Steve Jobs in 1985, the company spent years in the wilderness. It suspended its dividend payout in 1996, and was close to bankruptcy when it brought Jobs back in 1997. Shortly after that, Apple stock began a run that made it one of the most successful stocks in history, illustrating how innovation can dramatically improve a company's fortunes.

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Carey Olsen promotes six

Private Equity Wire

Offshore law firm Carey Olsen has promoted Michelle Falcucci, Richard Sykes, Tim Bamford, Rachel De La Haye, Andrew Tually and Nienke Malan, with effect from 1 July. The firm said that the promotions bring its total number of partners to 84. Falcucci joined Carey Olsen in 2019 from the London office of international law firm Reed Smith. She advises on Bermuda corporate and commercial law, focusing on insurance regulatory and transactional matters.

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MagicSchool AI Raises $15M in Series A Funding

FinSMEs

MagicSchool AI, a Denver, CO-based technology platform for K-12 educators and students, raised $15M in Series A funding. The round was led by Bain Capital Ventures. Additional investors included Adobe Ventures and Common Sense Media, as well as angel investors like Replit founder Amjad Masad, Clever co-founders Tyler Bosmeny and Rafael Garcia, and OutSchool co-founder […] The post MagicSchool AI Raises $15M in Series A Funding appeared first on FinSMEs.

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US drives nascent rebound in global M&A

Financial Times M&A

Uptick in big deals offsets dwindling number of acquisitions

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1 Trick to Boost Your Social Security Check Up to 28%, Even If You've Already Claimed Benefits

The Motley Fool

Several factors determine how much you collect in Social Security benefits every month, and you might have more control over them than you think. One of the biggest factors impacting your benefit is when you claim Social Security because the earlier you claim, the smaller your benefit. The difference between claiming as early as possible at age 62 and waiting until your benefits max out at 70 can be as much as 77%.

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Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz’s VC firm set to launch PE fund

Private Equity Wire

US venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz will enter private equity with the launch of its inaugural fund, a16z Perennial Private Equity Fund, according to a report by Fortune citing US SEC filings. Details on the fund’s strategy and launch timeline remain undisclosed. The disclosure was made through Andreessen Horowitz’s wealth management division, Perennial, which oversees the financial affairs and philanthropic endeavours of entrepreneurs and investors associated with the fi