August, 2023

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Warren Buffett at 93: All of the big moves from the still-active investing legend in the past year

CNBC: Investing

Many Buffett watchers have been dazzled by the "Oracle of Omaha's" sharp mental acuity and astute investments he's able to pull off over the past year.

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Luxembourg Adopts New Foreign Direct Investment Screening Regime

JD Supra: Mergers

In Short - The Background: Luxembourg has introduced a new foreign direct investment regime with a suspensory mandatory notification requirement in relation to investments in a broad range of sectors.

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Apica acquires Logiq.ai to bring together observability and synthetic data

TechCrunch: M&A

Apica , a 17-year old Swedish company, helps companies test applications using synthetic data. Today, the company announced it has acquired Logiq.ai to help expand beyond purely testing into post-production monitoring, an approach which should enable companies to improve their synthetic data set based on the application’s behavior in production.

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The A.I. Revolution Is Coming. But Not as Fast as Some People Think.

The New York Times: Banking

From steam power to the internet, there has always been a lag between technology invention and adoption across industries and the economy.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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insightsoftware Acquires Vizlib, Extending Write-Back to Qlik Users

Global Newswire by Notified: M&A

Following success with Power ON, insightsoftware takes strategic evolution, growth, and product enhancements to the next level with software to extend visual planning and write-back solution capabilities to Qlik users Following success with Power ON, insightsoftware takes strategic evolution, growth, and product enhancements to the next level with software to extend visual planning and write-back solution capabilities to Qlik users

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Warren Buffett, who turns 93, is at the top of his game as he pushes Berkshire Hathaway to new heights

CNBC: Investing

Berkshire shares have roared back to an all-time high on record operating profit, making it the biggest nontech company by market capitalization.

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Corporate Finance and M&A in Québec: Finding the Bright Spots in a Challenging Year

JD Supra: Mergers

In 2023, private equity, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital financings have experienced a slowdown across Canada, on the heels of a historically strong year in 2022. In this post we look specifically at the province of Québec, which has not escaped this broader trend, but whose bright spots remain resilient, boding well for 2024 and beyond.

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Union Investment’s trading head Hock steps away from role to pursue digital asset aspirations

The TRADE

Union Investment’s Christoph Hock is set to step away from his role as head of multi-asset trading later this year to pursue an opportunity in digital assets and tokenisation within the asset management firm, The TRADE can reveal. Union is bolstering its digital assets division, The TRADE understands. His new role is not yet public but will be communicated in due course.

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UBS Reports $29 Billion Profit, a Record

The New York Times: Banking

The huge gain stems from the bank’s acquisition of its rival Credit Suisse this spring for about $3.2 billion, a steep discount that is skewing its quarterly results.

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Predictions You Can Rely On: How Data Drives Successful Financial Forecasting

Speaker: Robbie Bhathal, Founder & CEO, and Matthew Acalin, Head of Credit Intelligence

In today's volatile financial environment, how confident are you in your company’s financial forecasting? To get the most accurate cash predictions that will lead to long-term financial survival, real-time data is critical. Innovative cash management strategies can lead to better credit opportunities, more sustainable growth, and long-term financial prosperity.

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Extended Reality Market Size to Surpass USD 1,134.79 Billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 36.0%

Global Newswire by Notified: M&A

As per the report by Fortune Business Insights, the global Extended Reality Market size is projected to reach USD 1,134.79 Billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 36.0% during the forecast period. As per the report by Fortune Business Insights, the global Extended Reality Market size is projected to reach USD 1,134.79 Billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 36.0% during the forecast period.

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How businesses can use intelligent pricing to navigate economic volatility and enhance resilience

Global Banking & Finance

How businesses can use intelligent pricing to navigate economic volatility and enhance resilience John Moss, CEO of Flintfox The economic landscape has grown increasingly complex in recent years, posing new challenges for businesses, particularly when it comes to pricing.

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Citi upgrades Verizon and AT&T, says companies can support their nearly 8% dividend yields

CNBC: Investing

Analyst Michael Rollins upgraded telecommunication giants Verizon and AT&T to buy, and assigned price targets indicating higher upsides for both companies.

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What the IRS is Saying Lately about the Employee Retention Tax Credit

JD Supra: Mergers

The employee retention tax credit (“ERTC”) has garnered a lot of “buzz” lately – both from the IRS and businesses who have either received the credit or are seeking the credit. The buzz is well deserved, as the IRS has recently published several items of new guidance revealing what businesses should expect when claiming the ERTC.

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How Embedded Analytics Gets You to Market Faster with a SAAS Offering

Start-ups & SMBs launching products quickly must bundle dashboards, reports, & self-service analytics into apps. Customers expect rapid value from your product (time-to-value), data security, and access to advanced capabilities. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) tools can provide valuable data analysis capabilities, but they have a barrier to entry that can stop small and midsize businesses from capitalizing on them.

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Storm Update

FineMark

Tropical Storm Idalia Update: August 28, 2023 Tropical Storm Idalia is forecast to become a hurricane later today as it approaches the Gulf Coast of Florida. The storm is expected to make landfall early Wednesday, north of Tampa. Southwest Florida is currently under a tropical storm warning and conditions are expected to deteriorate beginning tomorrow and into Wednesday.

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Voice Deepfakes Are the Latest Threat to Your Bank Balance

The New York Times: Banking

Artificial intelligence tools have given scammers a potent weapon for trying to trick people into sending them money.

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Bay Club Continues to Deliver on Growth Strategy With Bay Area Country Club Acquisition

Global Newswire by Notified: M&A

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Bay Club Company ("Bay Club") proudly announces the first milestone that underscores a continued growth plan along the West Coast–the acquisition of Crow Canyon Country Club ("Crow Canyon").

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Thyssenkrupp’s Nucera targets growth to meet green hydrogen demand

Global Banking & Finance

Thyssenkrupp’s Nucera targets growth to meet green hydrogen demand By Rachel More and Tom Käckenhoff BERLIN (Reuters) – Thyssenkrupp Nucera laid out growth plans on Monday after reporting strong sales and operating income, as the company works to meet growing demand for the green hydrogen hailed as key to decarbonising the German economy.

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Embedding BI: Architectural Considerations and Technical Requirements

While data platforms, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and programming platforms have evolved to leverage big data and streaming data, the front-end user experience has not kept up. Holding onto old BI technology while everything else moves forward is holding back organizations. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) aren’t built for modern data platforms and don’t work on modern architectures.

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Here's the bitcoin outlook for September as crypto industry turns focus on Washington

CNBC: Investing

Bitcoin is on pace to end August down sharply despite several positive regulatory developments for crypto.

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Majority of prop trading firms obliged to join FINRA under expanded SEC rule

The TRADE

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has moved to expand the remit of national securities associations such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). to cover previously exempt proprietary trading firms. The move to increase the number of broker dealer firms registering with FINRA comes as the commission aims to promote fair, orderly, and more efficient markets.

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Drinks With The Deal: Shearman’s Aryani on Getting Comfortable With Discomfort

The Deal

“If you’re not uncomfortable, you’re not learning,” said Lara Aryani, an M&A partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York, on this week’s Drinks With The Deal podcast. As an associate, Aryani embraced that sentiment in changing her focus from capital markets work to M&A. “When I thought about what I wanted to do more of, I was looking to the practice area that I was a little less familiar with, a little bit more uncomfortable in,” she said.

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Cisco Networking Academy fostering founders, one learner at a time

Cisco: M&A

As we celebrate World Entrepreneurs’ Day on August 21, it is interesting to reflect on how an established company like Cisco—a Fortune 500 company with more than 80,000 employees —relates to entre… Read more on Cisco Blogs

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How to Leverage AI for Actionable Insights in BI, Data, and Analytics

In the rapidly-evolving world of embedded analytics and business intelligence, one important question has emerged at the forefront: How can you leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance your application’s analytics capabilities? Imagine having an AI tool that answers your user’s questions with a deep understanding of the context in their business and applications, nuances of their industry, and unique challenges they face.

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Identity as a Service Market Size to Surpass USD 23.88 Billion by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 25.3%

Global Newswire by Notified: M&A

As per the report by Fortune Business Insights, the global Identity as a Service Market size is projected to reach USD 23.88 Billion by 2029, at a CAGR of 25.3% during the forecast period. As per the report by Fortune Business Insights, the global Identity as a Service Market size is projected to reach USD 23.88 Billion by 2029, at a CAGR of 25.3% during the forecast period.

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World shares rally as China offers markets a hand

Global Banking & Finance

World shares rally as China offers markets a hand By Nell Mackenzie and Amanda Cooper LONDON (Reuters) -U.S. stocks were set to open higher on Monday after China announced measures to support its ailing markets, but markets remained cautious ahead of economic data expected later in the week due to determine central bankers’ next steps.

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Sixth Street — which manages more than $70 billion — is betting big on sports teams and live events

CNBC: Investing

Alan Waxman, the CEO and co-founder of Sixth Street, talked about his vision in the increasingly crowded sports industry.

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Citi is reportedly mulling a major revamp of its largest business unit

American Banker - Investment Banking

The New York megabank is considering splitting its institutional clients group division into three parts following the upcoming departure of top executive Paco Ybarra, the Financial Times reported. The heads of the three segments would report directly to CEO Jane Fraser.

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Embedded Analytics Insights for 2024

Organizations look to embedded analytics to provide greater self-service for users, introduce AI capabilities, offer better insight into data, and provide customizable dashboards that present data in a visually pleasing, easy-to-access format. To better understand the factors behind the decision to build or buy analytics, insightsoftware partnered with Hanover Research to survey IT, software development, and analytics professionals on why they make the embedded analytics choices they do.

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Cargill to Offload Deicing Salt Businesses

The Deal

Private agricultural and chemical products giant Cargill is looking to offload a selection of U.S. deicing salt businesses, The Deal has learned. The company is working with advisers on a sale process for a selection of assets within its deicing technologies segment that generate roughly $40 million of Ebitda on about $375 million in revenue, according to people who have viewed marketing materials for the business.

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Making Your First Terraform File Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

Cisco: M&A

For the past several years, I’ve tried to give at least one Terraform-centric session at Cisco Live. That’s because they’re fun and make for awesome demos. What’s a technical talk without a demo?

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Predictive Analytics Market Size to Surpass USD 67.66 Billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 24.4%

Global Newswire by Notified: M&A

As per the report by Fortune Business Insights, the global Predictive Analytics Market size is projected to reach USD 67.66 billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 24.4% during the forecast period. As per the report by Fortune Business Insights, the global Predictive Analytics Market size is projected to reach USD 67.66 billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 24.4% during the forecast period.