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April 30, 2019

Denison University's Alts-Heavy Approach Continues To Be A Strength | David Barcus, Director Of Investments | Q&A

David Barcus, director of investments, joined Denison University in 2011. In this interview, he discusses the very successful transition welcoming their CIO, why Denison continues to have a significant allocation to hedge fund strategies, and how they plan to build a small but impactful venture portfolio.
Read by 67% of LPs 22 minutes ago

Proptech Fund Gets Global Backing To Raise $503M | News | Ipe Ra

Backers include Merlin Properties, Kenedix, DR Horton, Equity Residential, Toll Brothers. : Global investors have backed Fifth Wall to raise over half a billion dollars for its second property-technology fund, an amount which more than doubles the predecessor fund. The real estate technologies focused venture capital firm said the proptech Fund II raised $503m (EUR448.6m), exceeding the $212m raised in May 2017 for the predecessor fund. Unlike the first fund which raised capital from nine US strategic real estate investors, Fund II attracted strong global investor interest from over 50 corporate strategic investors from 11 countries, the manager said.
Read by 73% of LPs 22 minutes ago

For Wall Street, Brazil Is Back, Baby!

The Christ the Redeemer statue stands on top of Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro. The economy is still in very slow recovery mode, but investors are celebrating what looks like the final lap of pension reform. Brazil is on a tear lately. Its Bovespa Index is the beating all of the emerging markets. It's besting China. It's besting Trump's super-duper stock market here at home. It's all thanks to a once unpopular pension reform bill, which saw hundreds of thousands rally late last month in support of the new president's push to overhaul Brazil's teetering public pension system.
Read by 45% of LPs 22 minutes ago

San Francisco Employees To Invest $800M In Real Assets | News | Ipe Ra

In January SFERS expected to invest around $1bn in real assets this year. : San Francisco Employees' Retirement System (SFERS) is expected to invest around $800m (EUR713.1m) in real assets a year for the next three years. In a meeting document, investment consultant Cambridge Associates disclosed that the amount was based on a 4% overall growth in the pension fund's $3.9bn real assets portfolio. Real estate accounts for 67.7% of the pension fund's real asset portfolio. Natural resources and co-investments account for 30.1% and 2.1% of the portfolio respectively.
Read by 58% of LPs 32 minutes ago

Positive U.s. Economic News Offsets Worrisome Trends Elsewhere To Spur May Hedge Fund Inflows

Hedge funds reversed a brief two-month redemption trend in May with $800 million in industry inflows, a turnaround from April's $9.4 billion in redemptions. While the fund flow needle turned upward in May, the month's inflows represented a negligible portion of industry assets, according to the Barclay Fund Flow Indicator published by BarclayHedge, a division of Backstop Solutions.
Read by 32% of LPs 32 minutes ago

Schwab Tackles 'gaps' In Bond Etf Business With Three New Funds

The San Francisco-based broker's asset management arm is planning to start three new products focused on corporate bonds and Treasuries, almost doubling the number of debt exchange-traded funds it offers, regulatory filings show. The decision marks a shift for Charles Schwab Investment Management, which has largely ridden its equity-fund offerings to become the fifth-largest ETF issuer in the U.S.More than 84% of the $146 billion in Schwab ETFs is invested in stocks. But with global bond ETFs surpassing $1 trillion this year, debt funds are increasingly important for further growth.
Read by 76% of LPs 42 minutes ago

Fortify Closes $10M Series A Funding & Targets Early 2020 For Beta Shipments

Fortify has closed a $10 million in Series A funding led by venture capital firm Accel and with contributions from Neotribe, Prelude Ventures, and Mainspring Capital Partners.
Read by 70% of LPs 52 minutes ago

85% Of Top Postcodes For Btl Rental Yields Are Close To A University Campus

Lettings platform Howsy has revealed that Bradford's BD1 postcode -- where BTL landlords can secure yields of 10.2% -- was the best university investment option in the UK. The avera...
Read by 54% of LPs 1 hour, 17 minutes ago

Microsoft To Explore Using Rust

Rust has been gaining in popularity and Microsoft intends to see if it can hold up to its demands. : Microsoft plans to explore using the Rust programming language as an alternative to C, C++, and others, as a way to improve the security posture of its and everyone else's apps. The announcement was made yesterday by Gavin Thomas, Principal Security Engineering Manager for the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC). "You're probably used to thinking about the Microsoft Security Response Center as a group that responds to incidents and vulnerabilities," Thomas said.
Read by 53% of LPs 1 hour, 17 minutes ago

New Report Finds Cannabis Sales May Triple To $30B By 2023

PALM BEACH, Florida, July 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Recent cannabis industry retail sales revenues are projected by Marijuana Business Daily's annual Marijuana Business Factbook to triple to $30 billion by 2023. If these numbers are not enough to excite you (which they should!) according...
Read by 51% of LPs 1 hour, 22 minutes ago

Spruce Closes $3M In Venture Funding

HOUSTON, July 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Spruce, a comprehensive provider of hotel-inspired services to the multifamily industry, today announced it has closed a $3 million funding round. Fitz Gate Ventures led the round with Mercury Fund, Capital Factory and the Houston Angel Network also...
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