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‘Iran able to attract $3.5t of investments in 20 years’

“Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Valiollah Seif has said the country is able to attract $3.5 trillion of investments within the next two decades” reports tehrantimes.com. To hit the set target, great opportunities and special incentives have been created in Iran to attract foreign investors, for instance, foreigners are presently capable of making investments in projects up to 100 percent.As previously reported, the government plans to attract $65 billion of foreign investment by March 2021, of which $30 billion is about to come in finance, $20 billion…

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Traders are gearing up for Trump’s tax cut plan

“President Trump has been talking about cutting the federal corporate tax rate from 35% to 15% since 2015” writes Kara Chin for businessinsider.com.au. It looks like “Trump Trade” is back on beca use of the tax proposal set to be released next Monday, which should reveal specifics on lowering the corporate tax rate.According to JPMorgan head of equity strategy, Dubravko Lakos-Bujas, if the tax rate is cut to 25% that could increase S&P 500 earnings per share by $US11.40 to $US143.40, adding 150 points to the index at the given…

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Study reveals where the ultra-wealthy are actually putting their money

“The ultra-wealthy are allocating more of their money to equities and less to hedge funds and real estate this year, a survey of family offices published on Wednesday found” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. Family offices also weren’t pleased with their investments in hedge funds.There is just too much money chasing fewer and fewer deals,” the executive said, according to the report. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Arctos Investments Ties with Neo & Partners to Enhance Trading Experience

“Arctos Investments, a multi-asset investment firm, has announced that it has chosen Neo & Partners Global Trading Atrium to enhance its electronic and voice trading service” reports financemagnates.com. It’s vital for a firm such as Arctos Investments to be able to handle all their multi-asset trading flow and private equity investments through one effective and efficient trading and business environment.In today’s trading and investment environment, the sum of the parts must be greater than the whole are of the essence.It also has proprietary trading applications that fund managers and commodity…

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Political risks are not deterring this pension fund from investing in the US

“Political risks in the United States, exacerbated by President Donald Trump’s struggles to pass key reforms amid a major federal investigation, are not deterring the manager of one of Canada’s largest pension funds from being bullish” writes Saheli Roy Choudhury for cnbc.com. We also have some direct infrastructure investments in other areas in Asia, as well as private equity.”. “We understand the risks we’re taking on and we’re confident in the investments we’ve made,” he said. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Wonkblog: GOP split in battle over business tax breaks

“Right now, companies are required to spread the tax benefit from these long-term investments over time” reports washingtonpost.com. If House Republicans accomplish this change, it would mark a huge shift in tax benefits away from companies that borrow money.It could strip away more than $1 trillion in tax benefits from companies that deduct interest on their debt and give those tax benefits to companies that make large, long-term capital investments.To offset the lost revenue, House Republicans have proposed eliminating or curbing the ability of companies to deduct interest payments on…

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Millennials are driving a shift in how the ultra-wealthy manage their money

“For instance, the study found that family offices find it difficult to identify “attractive deals” that require “measuring social/environmental impact.”” writes Frank Chaparro for businessinsider.com. Despite the spike in interest, a number of impediments present a challenge to the growth of sustainable investing by family offices.Regular people put their money into a savings account or hand it over to a financial adviser to manage. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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The VC arm of Google’s parent company is betting its billions on life-enhancing healthcare startups

“It obviously hopes to make a financial profit on its healthcare investments, but says that it’s not the only motive” writes Sam Shead for businessinsider.com. GV is investing roughly a third of the capital it gets from Alphabet into healthcare and life science startups.GV has backed over 50 healthcare companies worldwide to date, with investments ranging from $100,000 (£76,000) to tens of millions of dollars.The five-year-old company has raised $26.5 million (£20.46 million) from GV, Silicon Valley investor Sequoia Capital, and others. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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To support local founders, universities should invest in venture capital

“Tim Schigel is the founding partner of Refinery Ventures, an early stage venture capital investment firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio” writes Refinery Ventures for venturebeat.com. Partnering with private equity and venture capital can enable these organizations to drive change in ways that traditional, more conservative investments cannot.When it comes to venture investing by endowments, alignment is crucial.For university endowments, no matter how large or small, the impacts worth tracking are financial returns, regional impact, and intellectual property development.Triple bottom line investing is a measurement framework that takes into account the…

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A ‘first look’ at alternative investments and public pensions

“We estimated four separate equations that test the relationship of alternative investments to observed portfolio returns and volatility” writes Alicia H for marketwatch.com. Yes, this analysis should be viewed as preliminary and the periods under examination may be too short to fully evaluate performance of some alternative asset classes.These alternative investments include a diverse assortment of assets – private equity, hedge funds, real estate, and commodities.A third regression relates holdings in alternatives to the volatility (standard deviation) of overall portfolio returns. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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