Rates are going higher

Hello and welcome to Alts Cafe

This is a quick-fire look at what’s driving your alts week.

What’s on deck today:

  • The Fed’s not done with you
  • Mortgage ​defaults​ are on the rise
  • Startup investment is down >50% YoY in most markets
  • Private credit is set to double to $3 trillion
  • Most NFTs are now worthless

Macro View

It was an awful one as the Fed ruined everyone’s week.

Bullish News

  • Nothing here, I’m afraid.

Bearish News

  • The Fed ​says​ interest rates will stay higher through 2026. [via ​ShortSqueez​]
    • And one more rate hike in 2023 is likely. There’s a ​75% chance​ the Fed hikes in November.
    • And 10-year yields ​hit​ a 16 year high
  • The global corporate default tally ​jumped​ to 107 as of Aug. 31, 2023, with 16 defaults in August, the highest August monthly tally since 2009.
    • And media and entertainment defaults are six times higher than at this point in 2022.
  • Fannie Mae thinks the US will face a mild ​recession​.

Forecasts 🎰

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📈 75%

​Chance of Fed hikes rates in November​


​Chance mortgage defaults will rise in Q3​


​National average house price increase in 2023​

The market is betting on the Fed doing what it says it’s going to do in November, and the chance of mortgage defaults has increased 7% since last week.

What are we doing?

​ALTS 1​ Fund news:

No change

Real Estate

Bullish News

  • Marathon Asset Management is ​bidding​ on $33 billion worth of distressed CRE.

Bearish News

How to invest in real estate right now:



Bullish News

  • Blockchain Capital ​closed​ two new crypto VC funds for a total of $580 million.
  • Several Southeast Asian companies are considering ​IPO’ing​ in the US.

Bearish News

  • Everything is not awesome
  • Startup M&A is way ​off​ this year too.
  • Expect to see a number of high profile startups ​fail​ in 2025.

How to invest in startups right now:

avoid secondaries

PE & Private Credit

Bullish News

  • Ares Management boss Mike Arougheti sees the $1.5 trillion private credit market ​doubling​ to $3 trillion within five years.
    • Meanwhile, Ares ​gave​ Chelsea FC $500 million to light on fire.
  • Goldman Sachs ​raised​ $14.2 billion for private-equity secondaries deals.

Bearish News

  • The FTC ​sued​ PE firm Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe, accusing it of price fixing. This could be a body blow to roll-up firms. [via ​ShortSqueez​]
  • PE firms are ​suing​ Morgan Stanley for $750 million, alleging fraud.
  • It’s a tough market, and PE firms are ​consolidating​.

How to invest in PE and Private Credit right now:

Wait, probably.

Crypto & NFTs 🪙

Here’s what you need to know:

Crypto sang to its own tune last week.

With investors mostly treading water.

But NFTs had a tough go of it.

Bullish News

  • In Japan, startups will be allowed to offer ​cryptocurrencies​ instead of stocks when receiving investment from investment funds.
  • Grayscale has ​applied​ to launch an ETH ETF.
  • Tim Draper has ​launched​ a crypto accelerator.
  • eToro has ​secured​ crypto registration in Europe for the first time.

Bearish News

  • Crypto funds have ​seen​ $500 million outflows over the last two months.
  • The SEC is ​coming​ after more exchanges and DeFi.
  • 95% of NFT collections are ​worthless​
    • But isn’t that what everyone expected to happen?
  • Australia’s corporate regulator is ​suing​ Bit Trade for failing to comply with design and distribution obligations.

How to invest in Crypto & NFTs right now:

It’s accumulation season.

Quick Hits

Music Rights

An astronomic deal

Second big music rights announcement in as many weeks. Katy Perry has sold her music rights to Litmus Music for $225 million. Litmus is back by Carlyle and the deal includes the master recordings and publishing rights five albums she released between 2008 and 2020: “One of the Boys,” “Teenage Dream”, “Prism,” “Witness” and “Smile.” Universal Music Group continues to own the masters to those albums.

Check out Stefan’s ​primer on music rights​ investing to understand exactly what Litmus has got itself into.




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With a background in finance & intelligence analysis, Wyatt has an unhealthy obsession with finding the best blue chip investment opportunities. His previous newsletter, Fractional, resonated deeply with subscribers, bringing actionable insights and unconventional trading strategies. His rare book collection specializes in banned editions. He currently lives in Spain with his beautiful wife, three young boys, and dog Monty.

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