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5 trends we’re watching this week

[alert type=yellow ]Every week at Tradestreaming, we’re tracking and analyzing the top trends impacting the finance industry. The following is a list of important things going on we think are worth paying attention to. For more in depth trendfollowing, subscribe to Tradestreaming’s newsletters .[/alert]

  1. BDCs: An untapped tool for local investing? (Locavesting): In fact, business development corporations (BDCs) may be the only solution for a growing problem that is starting to hit communities across the country—the increasing number of baby boomer small business owners who are ready to retire. They’re flooding the market with businesses for sale, resulting in many just being shut down for lack of a buyer. But through a BDC, the community can essentially become the buyer and keep those businesses up and running, retaining the jobs they generate.
  2. The Economist plans to double circulation profits in 5 years (Digiday)
    The British magazine has an ambitious goal: to double circulation profits in the next five years. Here’s how the magazine plans to do it…
  3. Victory Park Capital taps Goldman exec for CIO role (FINalternatives)
    Behind many of the $100m+ investment rounds sits Victory Park Capital (VPC), a provider of lending facilities for many of today’s top online lending startups. Former Goldman Sachs managing director Upacala Mapatuna has joined Victory Park as chief investment officer.
  4. Citibank: Google should buy AIG and turn it into a fintech lab (BusinessInsider): So why exactly does Citi think Google should pair up with one of the largest insurers? Could be really interesting, actually.
  5. How Murano helps hedge funds identify better, close more investors (Tradestreaming)
    The world of third party marketing has enabled the hedge fund industry to massively ramp its AUM over the past 15 years. With >10k funds and 30k allocators, it’s time that someone emerge to be a better matchmaker. Check out what one company is doing to improve the outcomes in institutional fundraising.

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