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Modeling an Asset Class: Why Wall Street May Be in the Single-family Rental Market for Keeps

Wall Street has its eye on the single-family rental market. A convergence of rising home prices, changing rental preferences, and advancing technology is fueling the boom.

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Hudson Cashdan

Hudson Cashdan

Hudson is a finance expert with a decade of experience organizing and investing in single-family housing funds. He has worked as a hedge fund equity analyst, portfolio manager, and startup advisor, and has deep expertise in financial modeling and forecasting.

Crypto Exchange Wars: How Coinbase Stacks Up Against Its Rivals

Coinbase is among the hundreds of cryptocurrency exchanges that have sought to fill a gap left by the mainstream, for years offering investors the only platforms for investing in Bitcoin and other tokens. However the industry has matured, and the mainstream is warming up to crypto, making the exchange business hotly contested and challenging leaders like Coinbase.

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Michael J. McDonald

Michael J. McDonald

Michael J. McDonald is an award-winning journalist who has worked at Bloomberg News and Thomson Financial. He is a Senior Writer at Toptal.

Thinking of Using a SPAC to Go Public? Here's What to Consider

“I know more people that have a SPAC than have COVID” is a common refrain among finance professionals these days. So what’s driving the spike? Is a SPAC IPO right for your company?

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Aleksey N. Krylov, CFA

Aleksey N. Krylov, CFA

Aleksey has significant experience raising equity. As CFO, he completed the reverse merger of SELLAS into a Nasdaq-listed company in 2018.

Why Music Royalties Are an Attractive Asset Class

In the current market environment of low yields and interest rates, music royalties are an increasingly attractive asset class. Their low correlation with macroeconomic performance and high income potential have resulted in more investors wanting to invest in music royalties.

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Jimmy Stone

Jimmy Stone

Jimmy has executed and evaluated $1+ billion in debt, equity, and M&A transactions across a range of industries.

The State of Private Equity in 2020

The state of global private equity in 2020 is complex, mainly due to economic activity drastically contracting since the second quarter. Many businesses are on the brink of collapse. In these extraordinary times, what are the main challenges that private equity funds face?

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Natasha Ketabchi

Natasha Ketabchi

Natasha transitioned to venture capital after a career in banking built in prestigious firms such as JPMorgan and ESM.

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Five Steps to Success: A Private Equity Fundraising Checklist

Raising money as a new private equity fund manager can be a daunting task. Breaking down the tasks into a checklist is an effective way of building a compelling and consistent investment strategy.

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Frank Elvinger

Frank Elvinger

Frank is a finance consultant and CFA with expertise in best-use modeling, valuation, business plan creation, capital-raising, and loan structuring. He has a master’s degree in international finance from HEC Paris, a master’s in analytics and management from London Business School, and has advised clients on a range of transactions totaling more than €50 million.

Distressed M&A: Assessing Opportunities for Bargain Purchases

Bankruptcy often presents an opportunity to purchase quality distressed assets at bargain prices. However, it also brings major challenges in terms of assessing the value of businesses with difficult realities, dwindling liquidity, limited resources, and uncertain prospects.

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Jeff Anapolsky

Jeff Anapolsky

Jeff is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School with experience in multiple industries.

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Neil Portus | CFA, CMA

Neil is a CFO for growth companies and a former equity analyst at Goldman Sachs in NY where he helped lead numerous transactions including Zipcar's $1.1 billion IPO. He was also an equity analyst at Barclays Capital & Lehman Brothers and began his career at a boutique investment bank (M&A, restructuring, debt financings). He's built his operational skills both as a startup founder and as the CFO of an East Africa-focused impact investment firm.
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