Buffett Shades the Uber IPO

Buffett Shades the Uber IPO

We’ve written a bit on Uber’s IPO, one of the most anticipated stock offerings in many years. However, one person who is not sharing in the enthusiasm is Warren Buffett, who is going to pass on this one. That’s part of a larger strategy the Oracle of Omaha abides by, which is not to invest in any new stock offerings as a practice.

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The Rise of “Africa’s Amazon”

The Rise of “Africa’s Amazon”

It all started with the “original” Amazon, which changed e-commerce forever and almost single-handedly introduced the word “platformification” into the popular lexicon. Then came the “Amazon of China,” Alibaba, which successfully integrated digital payments, e-commerce, and fintech to create a world-beating behemoth.

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Why Are Big Banks Suddenly Interested in Small Deals?

Why Are Big Banks Suddenly Interested in Small Deals?

We really enjoyed an interesting read from The Wall Street Journal this week on why investment banks are more aggressively pursuing mid-market deals. Any investment banker worth his or her salt typically wants to be involved with advising on the large, global mega deals that dominate news cycles.

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Muni Quants

Muni Quants

“At least for the foreseeable future, quants aren’t going to displace traditional fixed-income traders. Bonds—and especially munis—are by definition less homogeneous than equities and don’t lend themselves to perfect automation.” That’s the assessment by Bloomberg’s  Brian Chappatta. In the past, Chappatta has made the point that muni-related roles have been a relative Wall Street oasis for job seekers with the required skills.

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