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Israeli Company Creates Opportunities to Invest in High-Tech Startups

For financial investors outside Israel, iAngels screens for the best Israeli start-up opportunities so they don’t have to. “Today we see 85 deals a month and, of these deals, we usually invest in only one,” said Shelly Hod Moyal, one of the founders of the Israeli investment company. “We’re very selective.” The Tel Aviv-based Hod […]

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For financial investors outside Israel, iAngels screens for the best Israeli start-up opportunities so they don’t have to.

“Today we see 85 deals a month and, of these deals, we usually invest in only one,” said Shelly Hod Moyal, one of the founders of the Israeli investment company. “We’re very selective.”

The Tel Aviv-based Hod Moyal visited Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal in late-October for meetings with members of the investment community to raise awareness of Israel’s high-tech start-ups.

According to “Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle,” by Dan Senor and Saul Singer, Israel has more high-tech start-ups and a larger venture capital industry per capita than any other country in the world.

“iAngels allows for private investors all over the world to invest in Israeli high tech start-ups,” said Hod Moyal in an interview with the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin. “All our opportunities are led by the top tier investors in Israel who have already made money on their investments. You get to join with local investors, and we bring you in under the same terms.

“According to our company research, 80 per cent of the successful companies are attributed to these top investors. Therefore, we made a decision that to increase the probability of good return; we invest only with these prominent investors. We have our own researchers on the ground that do due diligence on all these opportunities.”

The response in Canada has been “amazing,” she said.

“The investment community has been very receptive to investing in technology and innovation, and is interested in what we’re doing. What was also nice is that successful businesses are eager to get involved. They see the value of opening the doors of investment. From their perspective, Israel is known for creating wealth and returns for investors. It’s a great place to start. We look forward to long-term relationships with the community here,” she said.

Hod Moyal has evaluated investment opportunities for investment firms, private individuals and corporations around the world. iAngels specializes in enterprise software, cyber security, financial technology, advertising technology, mobile technology and the Internet.

“Israel has been a source for the leading technologies in the world, and has the highest exit ratio,” she said. “There is more liquidity, and a lot of start-ups are successfully exiting.”

The exit strategy is a way of cashing out an investment.

While investing with iAngels mitigates the risk with rigorous analytics, it’s important to diversify, she said.

“All the start-ups have been screened carefully. You can invest $5,000 US in one opportunity, and you can create a portfolio of 20 opportunities. You can invest in the best deals.”

Potential investors are invited to join iAngels via the company website at www.iangels.co. Once iAngels verifies that an investor meets the criteria, they will receive full access to the investing platform including a complete investment deck, portfolio dashboard, webinars, lead investors’ testimonials and the iAngels’ investment thesis.

This article originally appeared on the Ottowa Jewish Bulletin

Source: https://www.iangels.com/2015/11/israeli-company-creates-opportunities-to-invest-in-high-tech-startups/

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Boston startups expand region’s venture capital footprint

This year has shaken up venture capital, turning a hot early start to 2020 into a glacial period permeated with fear during the early days of COVID-19. That ice quickly melted as venture capitalists discovered that demand for software and other services that startups provide was accelerating, pushing many young tech companies back into growth […]

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This year has shaken up venture capital, turning a hot early start to 2020 into a glacial period permeated with fear during the early days of COVID-19. That ice quickly melted as venture capitalists discovered that demand for software and other services that startups provide was accelerating, pushing many young tech companies back into growth mode, and investors back into the check-writing arena.

Boston has been an exemplar of the trend, with early pandemic caution dissolving into rapid-fire dealmaking as summer rolled into fall.

We collated new data that underscores the trend, showing that Boston’s third quarter looks very solid compared to its peer groups, and leads greater New England’s share of American venture capital higher during the three-month period.

For our October look at Boston and its startup scene, let’s get into the data and then understand how a new cohort of founders is cropping up among the city’s educational network.

A strong Q3, a strong 2020

Boston’s third quarter was strong, effectively matching the capital raised in New York City during the three-month period. As we head into the fourth quarter, it appears that the silver medal in American startup ecosystems is up for grabs based on what happens in Q4.

Boston could start 2021 as the number-two place to raise venture capital in the country. Or New York City could pip it at the finish line. Let’s check the numbers.

According to PitchBook data shared with TechCrunch, the metro Boston area raised $4.34 billion in venture capital during the third quarter. New York City and its metro area managed $4.45 billion during the same time period, an effective tie. Los Angeles and its own metro area managed just $3.90 billion.

In 2020 the numbers tilt in Boston’s favor, with the city and surrounding area collecting $12.83 billion in venture capital. New York City came in second through Q3, with $12.30 billion in venture capital. Los Angeles was a distant third at $8.66 billion for the year through Q3.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/23/boston-startups-expand-regions-venture-capital-footprint/

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Alternative Investments/Real Estate: Housing Market Demand Is “Insane”

Speaking to CNBC on Power Lunch, Glenn Kelman, CEO of real estate brokerage Redfin (NASDAQ: RDFN), said he expected the current boom conditions in the housing market to last well into next year. He attributed the high demand to affluent professionals looking for remote homes as well as low interest rates. Also, he thinks some sellers will put their properties on the market only after the presidential election.

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Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman says the boom could last into next year.

Speaking to CNBC on Power Lunch, Glenn Kelman, CEO of real estate brokerage Redfin (NASDAQ: RDFN), said he expected the current boom conditions in the housing market to last well into next year. He attributed the high demand to affluent professionals looking for remote homes as well as low interest rates. Also, he thinks some sellers will put their properties on the market only after the presidential election. (CNBC)

Kelman: Too good to last forever

“This level of demand is absolutely insane. I would expect it to last into 2021, at least,” Kelman said.

Recent data from the National Association of Realtors shows up the strength in the housing market.

Existing home sales shot up 9.4% in September beating expectations. Even though the median purchase price of a home rose approximately 15% year over year, there is just a 2.7-month supply of for-sale homes, showing tight market inventory conditions.

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 2.80% for the week ending Oct. 22, down from 2.81% in the previous week and 3.75% a year ago, according to the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Therefore, mortgage rates crept even lower in the latest week.

However, “there’s no way it can last forever,” Kelman warned of the bullish conditions.

Canada: Off the charts

Meanwhile, at the northern neighbor, home sales activity in September is described as “off-the-charts.”

Housing data released by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) last week showed a nationwide year-over-year increase in sales of 45.6%.

This was a new all-time monthly record for the third month in a row.

“This is starting to sound like a broken record (about records being broken), but Canadian home sales and prices set records once again in September … as they did in July and August,” said Shaun Cathcart, senior economist at CREA, in a statement.

Real Estate ETFs in the U.S.

The year-to-date performance of some real estate ETFs is shown below:

iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (ITB)              +24.61%

SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB)                          +20.83%

Vanguard Real Estate Index Fund ETF                      -13.91%

It may be noted that despite the boom conditions in housing, real estate ETFs and stocks have declined in recent days.

According to Barron’s, this may be due to yields on the 10-year and 30-year Treasuries moving higher in recent weeks.

Other reasons could be fears of inflation ticking up in the future amidst an improving economic situation.

Nevertheless, the view is that interest rates are likely to remain low for longer. So demand may remain strong.

“Part of what is fueling this boom is that the economy has just split into two and rich people are able to access capital almost for free, so, of course, they’re going to use that money to buy homes,” said Redfin’s Kelman.

Related Story:   Mortgage Rates Set Another Record Low; Real Estate ETFs Could Benefit

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Source: https://dailyalts.com/alternative-investments-real-estate-housing-market-demand-is-insane/

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Asda’s new owner EG Group seeks new leadership ahead of IPO – report

EG Group is owned by the billionaire Issa brothers and the private equity firm TDR Capital, who teamed up for a £6.8 billion takeover of Asda last month

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UK grocer Asda Group’s new owner EG Group is looking for a new chairman and independent directors as it prepares for a £10bn initial public offering, The Timesreports.

EG Group is owned by the billionaire Issa brothers and the private equity firm TDR Capital, who teamed up for a £6.8 billion takeover of Asda last month.

The move comes after Deloitte resigned last week as the company’s auditor because of concerns over the group’s governance and lack of internal controls, according to the publication.

A decision on candidates will be taken before the end of this year, although roles haven’t been finalised yet as the company is in the process of deciding whether to float in the UK or the US, The Times reports.

Write to Barcelona editors at barcelonaeditors@dowjones.com

From Dow Jones Newswires

Source: https://www.penews.com/articles/asdas-new-owner-eg-group-seeks-new-leadership-ahead-of-ipo-reports-20201023

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