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This is a quick-fire look at what’s driving your alts week.
What’s on deck today:
- The Fed will probably/maybe hold rates steady in December.
- What do Detroit and Saudi Arabia have in common?
- Signs of weakness in the AI startup community may open the door to competition.
- ESG is actually good for PE returns.
- Jim Cramer is bullish on BTC
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- Fed Chair Powell and Chicago Fed President Goolsbee both indicated rates won’t rise anytime soon.
- More companies say it’s increasingly easy to find good employees.
- US Oct construction spending rose +0.6% m/m, stronger than expectations of +0.3% m/m.
- Federal Reserve Governor Michelle Bowman said she expects another Fed rate hike.
- S&P Global Ratings agrees.
- Slightly more Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, but the overall number of people in the U.S. collecting benefits rose to its highest level in two years.
- The US Nov ISM manufacturing index was unchanged at 46.7, weaker than expectations of an increase to 47.8 and the 13th consecutive month of contraction in manufacturing activity.
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December and Beyond
The markets aren’t expecting any surprises in December.
What are we doing?
ALTS 1 Fund news:
We’re drawing up the paperwork for our art acquisition.
When you can’t even fraud right.
From an SEC press release detailing a $35 million fraud + stock manipulation scheme.
The SEC’s complaint also alleges that Larmore and Cole Capital Funds LLC, an entity Larmore formed and controlled, issued a press release in November 2023 falsely stating that Cole Capital intended to purchase 51 percent of all minority ownership shares in WeWork, Inc., an unrelated public company, at $9 a share, more than nine times WeWork’s then-current trading price.
According to the SEC’s complaint, WeWork’s stock rose close to 150 percent in after-hours trading shortly after the press release was issued. The complaint alleges that Larmore purchased more than 72,000 call options in WeWork at a price far below the stock price in the days before the press release was published, hoping to execute the trades at profit after manipulating the stock price.
However, due to a delay in the issuance of the press release, most of the options expired before Larmore could exercise them.
- Amazon is eyeing up office space in Miami.
- Investment funds like Manulife Investment Management and Nuveen have hoovered up more than a million acres of American farmland.
- Most forecasts show lower home prices and lower mortgage rates in 2024.
- The Saudi residential market is hot.
- Airbnb is looking to fill homes left vacant by Japan’s declining population.
- American home prices rose by 0.3% in September and now stand 3.9% above its year-ago level.
- Metro Detroit home prices saw the largest increase, followed by San Diego and NYC. Vegas, Phoenix, and Portland slid the furthest.
- Costar: “With little to suggest a trend reversal or an inflection point, office building performance is expected to get worse before it gets better.”
- Hong Kong’s property market is stagnating.
- Luxury multi-family real estate is facing an oversupply problem.
- 54k people canceled home purchase contracts in October — more than 17%. Numbers were highest in Vegas, Florida, and Texas.
- Of sales that went through, more than a third featured a concession.
- The median price of both one-bedroom and two-bedroom rentals in the U.S. fell for a second month in a row in November.
How to invest in real estate right now:
- Fast-fashion retailer Shein has confidentially filed to go public in the U.S. and is moving ahead with its long-awaited IPO.
- VC deal value for the retail fintech sector rose 53.2% in Q3 compared with Q2.
- Reddit is looking to IPO next year in the $15 billion range.
- VCs are getting more equity in later rounds than they were a couple of years ago.
- Drama at OpenAI is opening the door for competitors.
- VCs are focussing on an old but new market – black farmers.
- Prosus has written down the valuation of edtech giant Byju to below $3 billion, marking a steep drop from the $22 billion valuation the Indian startup hit just early last year.
- Stability AI, the London-based startup behind Stable Diffusion, is looking for a buyer.
How to invest in startups right now:
Private Equity and Private Credit
- Research shows funds that make changes based on environmental or other ESG factors can increase PE IRRs.
- When investing in private credit, the deal’s vintage can make a big difference in returns.
How to invest in PE and Private Credit right now:
I feel a credit bubble
Crypto & NFTs
Here’s what you need to know:
Crypto is ripping.
Greediest reading in over two years.
NFTs managed to lose money last week while Eth shot up.
- Executives in the cryptocurrency industry called the start of a new bull run with a growing number of voices calling for fresh all-time highs for Bitcoin in 2024 above $100,000.
- The amount of circulating Bitcoin that is in profit hit a high of over 83% last week, the highest level since November 2021.
- Former Binance CEO Changpeng ‘CZ’ Zhao will have to stay in the U.S. ahead of his sentencing in February.
- Standard Chartered expects the price of Bitcoin to surge to $100k by the end of 2024.
- Bitcoin is now worth more than Berkshire Hathaway.
- Jim Cramer is bullish on Bitcoin.
- Binance announced it will delist Tornado Cash, and the token fell by 56%.
- Institutional traders are bullish on bitcoin, mixed on ether, and skeptical of altcoins.
How to invest in Crypto & NFTs right now:
It’s still accumulation season.
That’s all for this week