Interlinked Weekly Investment News – Nov. 7th, 2014

U.S. jobs data to show economy’s resilience

The latest round of US jobs data has been freshly released this Friday, and according to many economists, they’re looking up. Businesses have been hiring at a faster rate this past month, adding a number of new jobs to the economy, despite a slowing global demand for labor in developed economies.

“It all speaks to the story that the U.S. can sustain pretty strong growth even when there are concerns about growth slowing in places like China and the euro zone,” said Jeff Greenberg, a senior economist at JP Morgan Private Bank in New York.

Job growth has exceeded 200,000 in seven of the last eight months, sufficient strength to keep the economy on a higher growth path after it expanded at a 3.5 percent pace in the third quarter. The relatively strong pace of job gains also signals that the slack in the labor market is being absorbed.

Source: Reuters

 

People Who Work In Tech Are Investing Better Than Their Friends In Finance

Tech startups are certainly not new to the scene as far as investment goes, but according to Business Insider, the people that drive them are making far better decisions than their counterparts in finance. Could it be? Well, according to recent data from Openfolio, the answer is yes.

By analyzing about 700 portfolios of Openfolio users working in the tech industry, about 500 portfolios of users working in finance, and about 160 from users working in advertising and media, the company found that finance users aren’t the most effective investors and, in fact, are outranked by both of the other cohorts in terms of their portfolios’ performance over the last year.

These findings aren’t unprecedented. Openfolio points to a recent study of mutual fund managers’ private portfolios published in the Journal Of Financial Intermediation, in which the authors write, “We find no evidence that financial experts make better investment decisions than peers; they do not outperform, do not diversify their risks better, and do not exhibit lower behavioral biases.”

Source: Business Insider

 

Paramount Seeking Up to $2.5 Billion in Record U.S. REIT IPO

After Alibaba’s record-setting IPO earlier this year, the bar has been set very high for companies to compete with. That, however, won’t stop some advantageous companies from trying. One case is US office property giant, Paramount Group Inc.

Paramount is offering 131 million shares for $16 to $19 apiece, according to a regulatory filing yesterday. Even at the low end of that range, the IPO would top a 2006 sale by Douglas Emmett Inc. that raised almost $1.6 billion, data compiled by Bloomberg show.

The company, which plans to qualify as a REIT, owns or has stakes in 12 office buildings in New York, Washington and San Francisco. The Bloomberg REIT Index has gained 21 percent this year through yesterday and is near its highest level since June 2007.

Paramount’s properties, which include San Francisco’s One Market Plaza and New York’s 712 Fifth Ave., were 92.1 percent leased to 260 tenants as of Sept. 30, the filing shows. Its New York buildings accounted for 76 percent of annualized rent.

Source: Bloomberg

 

Looking to Raise Business Capital? Clear Investor Communication is Key

Raising investment capital for your business is no small task. There are a lot of steps to take, and a lot of trial and error. But if you play your cards right, and stay focused on your end goals, you can make it happen. While there are many factors that go into achieving this success, the biggest one is clear communication. Here’s why:

Before you reach out to an investor, there are some key things you need to keep in mind. First and foremost, you need to know who your audience is. Don’t have a set pitch that you give to everyone. It won’t work, and it shows that you’re not thinking about the investor’s interests, you’re only thinking about your own goals. Try to communicate from a base of understanding your investor’s needs, even if they’re not your investor yet.

Think of your pitch as if someone was pitching it to you. What benefit will I have in investing here? Why should I trust this group? How big is the risk, should I choose to take the plunge and invest in said interests? These are all things that investors will consider, and so they should be things that you think about equally, while trying to pitch them.

Read more about how clear investor communication can help you raise capital

 

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About Delray Wannemacher

Delray Wannemacher is President and CEO of Interlinked and its two subsidiaries InterlinkedTV and FSXinterlinked. Interlinked is a global multi-dimensional investment platform that connects investors, companies and partners by leveraging technology, media and physical events to achieve its goals. Delray has over 20 years of experience serving small and micro-cap companies, primarily in Internet, software, finance and communications. He works with startup companies, helping them achieve their goals as efficiently and effectively as possible. Delray has also successfully built four companies of his own.

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