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  • European Private Equity Deals a Mixed Bag in Second Quarter
    The second quarter in the private equity space in Europe this year was less lethargic than the first, with a 12.2% increase on a quarter-to-quarter basis. Pitchbook, in partnership with ACG, has issued its quarterly European PE Breakdown offering eve…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Sep 19, 8:00pm -
  • The Newest New Thing? Initial Exchange Offerings
    Initial Exchange Offerings, that is, offerings administered by a crypto exchange, on behalf of a startup—where the startup is trying to raise funds with newly issued tokens—has developed as an alternative to an older model, the Initial Coin Offer…
    - 4 days ago, 11 Sep 19, 8:00pm -
  • Negative Interest Rates: A Reason to Invest in Hedge Funds?
    Negative interest rate policy—that is, central bank arrangements that seek to inspire spending by punishing savings, not merely in real but in nominal terms—have spread in recent years among the developed economies, and are now in use in Japan, S…
    - 6 days ago, 9 Sep 19, 8:00pm -
  • Zebras Are Reactionaries
    Someone told me that it’s all happening At the Zoo. In this case, it was Paul Simon in his 1967 title song where he anthropomorphizes the animals he sees in the Central Park Zoo. Some are deemed to be honest, some kindly but dumb, and some insincer…
    - 6 days ago, 9 Sep 19, 8:46am -
  • PORTFOLIO PROTECTION VIA MANAGED FUTURES LIQUID ALTS?
    By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) INTRODUCTION The mafia and the hedge fund industry share some characteristics. Both are powerful, non-transparent, and create little value for society. Naturally the mafia is a criminal organizat…
    - 7 days ago, 8 Sep 19, 8:00pm -
  • Back to the Near Future: 2019 Mergers & Acquisitions
    Intralinks has put out its predictions for mergers and acquisitions activity through the remainder of this year. The Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor tracks early-stage deal activity to predict how many deals have reached public-announcement stage six…
    - 10 days ago, 5 Sep 19, 8:00pm -
  • New Study Shows Hedge Fund Investors are Quick Learners
    A recent study by two scholars at the University of California Irvine asks how quickly investors learn about the skills of their asset managers, including their hedge fund managers. Christopher Schwarz and Zheng Sun, both associate professors of fina…
    - 12 days ago, 3 Sep 19, 8:00pm -
  • Corporate Restructuring: United States vs. United Kingdom
    David Stevenson, a US District Court Judge for the Northern District of Texas, has presented his analysis of the  differences between the law in the United Kingdom and the United States concerning “a debtor’s ability to approve a restructuring a…
    - 13 days ago, 2 Sep 19, 8:00pm -
  • Options: When Skewness is Not on the To Do List
    Which options do hedge funds employ in their portfolios? A recent paper concludes that hedge funds as a trader/investor class prefer liquid high-embedded leverage options without lottery-like skewness. The paper also finds that they are good at what…
    - 17 days ago, 29 Aug 19, 8:00pm -
  • Is it Time for the Gold Bug to Bite?
    Diane Merritt, of the Closed-End Fund Association (CEF) spoke recently with Axel Merk, of Merk Investments, about precious metals as part of a portfolio, and specifically the role these metals can play late in the business cycle: which, according to…
    - 19 days ago, 27 Aug 19, 8:00pm -

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      FOMC Preview

      The consensus is the FOMC will cut the Fed Funds rate 25 bps to a range of 1.75% to 2.0% at the meeting this week.  A 50 bps cut is not impossible, but seems unlikely at this meeting.A key will be if the FOMC signals another rate cut in October.  T…
      - 2 hours ago, 15 Sep 19, 9:55am -
    • Schedule for Week of September 15, 2019

      Schedule for Week of September 15, 2019

      The key economic reports this week are August Housing Starts and Existing Home Sales.For manufacturing, August Industrial Production, and the September New York and Philly Fed surveys, will be released this week.The FOMC is expected to cut the Fed Fu…
      - 1 day ago, 14 Sep 19, 8:11am -
    • "Mortgage Rates' Week Goes From Bad to Worse"

      "Mortgage Rates' Week Goes From Bad to Worse"

      From Matthew Graham at MortgageNewsDaily: Mortgage Rates' Week Goes From Bad to WorseMortgage rates were already having their worst week since 2016 as of yesterday afternoon. Rather than help to heal some of the damage, today's bond market momentum…
      - 2 days ago, 13 Sep 19, 5:21pm -
    • Q3 GDP Forecasts: Around 1.5% to 2.0%

      Q3 GDP Forecasts: Around 1.5% to 2.0%

      From Merrill Lynch: 3Q and 2Q GDP tracking remain at 2.0% qoq saar. [Sept 13 estimate]emphasis addedFrom Goldman Sachs: Following this morning’s data, we boosted our Q3 GDP tracking estimate by one tenth to +2.0% (qoq ar). [Sept 13 estimate]From th…
      - 2 days ago, 13 Sep 19, 1:01pm -
    • Sacramento Housing in August: Sales Down 6.5% YoY, Active Inventory DOWN 22% YoY

      Sacramento Housing in August: Sales Down 6.5% YoY, Active Inventory DOWN 22% YoY

      From SacRealtor.org: Median sale price, sales volume decrease for AugustAugust ended with 1,567 sales, a 7.4% decrease from the 1,693 sales last month. Compared to the same month last year (1,676), the current figure is down 6.5%. ...The Active Listi…
      - 2 days ago, 13 Sep 19, 11:15am -
    • Retail Sales increased 0.4% in August

      Retail Sales increased 0.4% in August

      On a monthly basis, retail sales increased 0.4 percent from July to August (seasonally adjusted), and sales were up 4.1 percent from August 2018.From the Census Bureau report:Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for August 2019, a…
      - 2 days ago, 13 Sep 19, 8:40am -
    • Friday: Retail Sales

      Friday: Retail Sales

      Friday:• At 8:30 AM ET, Retail sales for August will be released.  The consensus is for a 0.3% increase in retail sales.• At 10:00 AM, University of Michigan's Consumer sentiment index (Preliminary for September).
      - 3 days ago, 12 Sep 19, 10:31pm -
    • LA area Port Traffic Down Year-over-year in August

      LA area Port Traffic Down Year-over-year in August

      Special note: The expansion to the Panama Canal was completed in 2016 (As I noted a few years ago), and some of the traffic that used the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is probably going through the canal. This might be impacting TEUs on the Wes…
      - 3 days ago, 12 Sep 19, 4:38pm -
    • Early Look at 2020 Cost-Of-Living Adjustments and Maximum Contribution Base

      Early Look at 2020 Cost-Of-Living Adjustments and Maximum Contribution Base

      The BLS reported this morning:The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) increased 1.5 percent over the last 12 months to an index level of 250.112 (1982-84=100). For the month, the index was unchanged prior to seaso…
      - 3 days ago, 12 Sep 19, 2:00pm -
    • Cleveland Fed: Key Measures Show Inflation Above 2% YoY in August, Core PCE below 2%

      Cleveland Fed: Key Measures Show Inflation Above 2% YoY in August, Core PCE below 2%

      The Cleveland Fed released the median CPI and the trimmed-mean CPI this morning:According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the median Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% (2.6% annualized rate) in August. The 16% trimmed-mean Consumer Price Index…
      - 3 days ago, 12 Sep 19, 11:08am -

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