SEC Cracks Down on Fraudulent ICOs in Latest Enforcement Action Oct13

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Two initial coin offerings (ICOs) were the target of a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement action filed on September 29. Based on the SEC’s descriptions, both ICOs, on their face, appear to be frauds, with marketing materials that allegedly contained multiple misleading and fraudulent statements. For those in the investment management space and those who personally participate in ICOs, this enforcement action serves as a reminder that due diligence is a necessary step before making an investment. Essentially, the two ICOs in question provide a roadmap of exactly how not to conduct an ICO

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Informatics Firms and Information Supply Chains Oct9

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One of the most revolutionary steps in the evolution of manufacturing has been the emergence of sophisticated supply chains. To understand them, first imagine how a person or a firm could create a new product by gathering raw materials and making all the parts themselves. Then imagine how pieces of that process are picked up by others who specialize in various ingredients that go into creating the finished products, such as raw materials providers, tools makers, and (eventually) component manufacturers who create standardized subsets of a product that can be assembled by multiple downstream firms to produce different end products

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How GPN Changed the Merchant Acquiring Biz Aug22

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At the time, Global Payments (ticker GPN) acquisition of Accelerated Payment Technology (APT) for $413 million did not seem to be a milestone event. GPN’s stock in mid-August of 2012 was roughly $20 per share, and the deal to acquire this fully- integrated software solution was met with a resounding yawn. Henry David Thoreau is not usually considered a luminary for financial or stock market wisdom, but we find one of his quotes quite appropriate: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Five years after its modest APT acquisition, GPN has dramatically altered the traditional merchant acquiring industry. At $95 per share, up nearly 400%, GPN’s stock reflects its 1st mover advantage

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When AI Becomes the New Investment Option Aug3

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Artificial Intelligence as a locus of investment is very tempting for asset owners. Expectations for AI are lofty, ranging from cost savings, creating productive capacity, and enabling human cognitive capabilities, resulting meaningful impact on portfolio returns. We did an analysis of popular Google Search terms including AI as a key word along with standard fund investment options, and as seen below, AI was dramatically more popular

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Global Investing As We Enter The New Technology Paradigm Jan6

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The world is entering the final 10 years of the old technological paradigm, and within the next decade we will experience the most profound technological revolution of the last 100 years. This historical inflection point will lead to a fundamental overhaul of the way we think about energy, transportation and manufacturing. Technological changes will force societal, political, and macroeconomic changes. The way we think about global and emerging markets will also change

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