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Fundraising for Women-Run Venture Capital Funds Accelerates
Venture Capital
Despite remaining underrepresented in the industry, women-owned funds are securing more capital and making more deals in 2017 Women make up an average of 21% of staff at venture capital funds. This proportion falls to 11% of senior staff, and just 6% of board members at venture capital firms. However, women-owned* venture capital vehicles have seen fundraising reach new heights
Investing Like the Mafia 2017
As famed market strategist Richard Bernstein has pointed out, investors should pattern common stock selection after the investment style of the Mafia. What causes the Mafia to get such good returns? How do they spot opportunities? Why should we as investors in publicly-traded common stocks emulate their behavior near the end of 2017? First, the Mafia invests in areas where
How to Fix The Biggest Lie in Corporate America
Lifestyle
In his song “Blizzard of Lies,” the jazz pianist Dave Frishberg ticks off some of the fibs that we utter with stunning regularity: “We must have lunch real soon.” “I’ll get right back to you.” “Your secret’s safe with me.” “This won’t hurt a bit.” Missing from his list is the lie told most routinely throughout corporate America: “Our people are our
Assessing the Durability of the Emerging Market Resurgence
With the MSCI Emerging Markets Index up 33.4 percent year-to-date, it's not surprising that some investors are wondering if they have missed the emerging markets party. Further stoking that debate is the emerging markets benchmark's 2016 gain of about 11 percent, meaning the index is approaching a two-year gain of almost 50 percent. The good news is that fundamental factors
Singapore to Regulate Securities-Like ICOs
FinTech
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) recently published a paper on ICOs and among other things, it looks like some token sales are going to be regulated. According to the paper (PDF), all ICOs with tokens that fall under capital markets products definitions will automatically be subject to the Securities and Futures Act (SFA), just like every equity or debt
Some Strange Trends Among 2017 Hedge Fund Returns
Hedge Funds
From one perspective, there is an odd disparity in the force. Hedge fund returns in certain categories are experiencing fat tail correlation and return extremes when compared to players inside a particular category as well as compared to the category average itself. No better can this be seen than in the most formulaic of all hedge fund strategies, managed futures.
Fund Managers Get Bullish
Summary: Global equities have risen 18% so far in 2017 and yet, until this month, fund managers have held significant amounts of cash and been, at best, only modestly bullish on equities. All of this has suggested lingering risk aversion. That has now changed. Cash levels have fallen to the lowest level in 4 years. Allocations to global equities have
Americans Agree on Something: They Don’t Like Big Corporations
Lifestyle
Americans are down on corporations. Almost two-thirds (62%) distrust the Fortune 500, and nearly half (47%) say business behavior is headed in the wrong direction, according to a new poll. Just Capital’s latest poll, of 10,000 representative respondents, finds big majorities of Americans–including 85% of Democrats and 72% of Republicans–“believe companies share too little of their success with employees.” More than two-thirds of
AMD Has More to Lose Than Nvidia Should Bitcoin Mining Hardware Sales Decline
FinTech
The cryptocurrency craze has been a major tailwind for both Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) and NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA). However, should cryptocurrency lose favor among investors, one analyst says AMD may have much more to lose. The Analyst Morgan Stanley analyst Joseph Moore maintains an Underweight rating and $8 price target for AMD stock and an Equal-Weight rating and $222 target for Nvidia. The Thesis AMD
Despite Restrictions, Asian Investors Are Still Flocking to ICOs
FinTech
Apparently, neither bans nor harsh restrictions can stay Asian investors from ICOs. Financial Times: …the halt on ICOs has not stopped investors from buying into the deals. In China, over-the-counter bitcoin sales rose from 5 per cent before the ban to more than 20 per cent in November. Back in September, the Chinese government banned token sales alleging, among other