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Blackstone’s $69 bln REIT curbs redemptions in blow to property empire

NEW YORK, December 2 (Reuters) – Blackstone Inc. (BX.N) limited withdrawals from its $69 billion unlisted real estate income trust (REIT) on Thursday after a spike in redemption requests, an unprecedented blow for a franchise that has helped it grow into an asset management giant. The brakes came because redemptions hit pre-set limits, rather than …

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Florida pulls $2 bln from BlackRock in largest anti-ESG divestment

Dec 1 (Reuters) – Florida’s chief financial officer said on Thursday his department would withdraw $2 billion from its assets managed by BlackRock Inc. (BLK.N)the largest such divestment by a state opposed to the asset manager’s environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) policies. The move will hardly affect BlackRock’s $8 trillion in assets and drew …

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Crypto lender BlockFi files for bankruptcy, cites FTX exposure

Filing follows weeks after FTX collapse FTX listed as BlockFi’s #2 creditor Bitcoin down over 70% from 2021 peak Nov 28 (Reuters) – Cryptocurrency lender BlockFi has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, it said on Monday, the latest crypto casualty after the firm was hurt by exposure to the dramatic collapse of the FTX exchange …

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Musk says Twitter to hold off relaunching blue check verification

Nov 21 (Reuters) – Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk said on Monday the social media company was pausing the relaunch of its blue check subscription service, a delay from its original tentative schedule to bring the service back on the platform. “Withholding Blue Verified relaunch until there is high confidence in stopping spoofing,” Musk said …

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EXCLUSIVE Bankman-Fried’s FTX, parents bought Bahamas property worth $121 mln

FTX unit purchased 7 condos in upscale resort for “key personnel” Bankman-Fried’s parents named owners of $16.4 million vacation home Bankman and Fried tell Reuters: Seeking to return the deed to FTX NEW PROVIDENCE, Bahamas, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX, his parents and top executives of the failed cryptocurrency exchange have purchased at …

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Crypto lender Genesis says no immediate plans to file for bankruptcy

Nov 21 (Reuters) – Cryptocurrency lender Genesis said on Monday it had no immediate plans to file for bankruptcy, days after the collapse of crypto exchange FTX l forced to suspend customer redemptions. “We do not intend to file for bankruptcy imminently. Our goal is to resolve the current situation on a consensual basis without …

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FTX fires three of its top executives – WSJ

Nov 18 (Reuters) – Cryptocurrency exchange FTX, which recently sought protection in a U.S. bankruptcy court, has fired three of its top executives, including co-founder Gary Wang, The Wall reported on Friday. Street Journal, quoting an FTX spokeswoman. The other fired executives were engineering director Nishad Singh and Caroline Ellison, who ran FTX’s trading arm, …

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Special Report: FTX’s Bankman-Fried begged for a rescue even as he revealed huge holes in firm’s books

FTX founder sought to raise $7 billion from investors including Sequoia, Apollo, TPG, three sources say FTX also turned to Nomura and Saudi wealth fund – sources FTX and trading affiliate Alameda, nominally independent, both listed same assets on their books – investor presentations Records seen by Reuters show FTX diverted large share of fee …

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Fed’s Barr: Concerned about blowback to financial system from crypto

Nov 15 (Reuters) – Michael Barr, the Federal Reserve’s top financial regulator, said on Tuesday he was concerned about risks to the non-banking sector, including cryptocurrencies, for which the U.S. central bank and other regulators have low visibility. “We are concerned about risks that we ignore in the non-banking sector,” Barr said in response to …

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Buffett’s Berkshire discloses $4.1 bln TSMC stake

Nov 14 (Reuters) – Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRKa.N) said it purchased more than $4.1 billion worth of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing stock (2330.TW)a rare significant foray into the tech sector by billionaire conglomerate Warren Buffett. The news sent shares of TSMC soaring, closing up 7.9% in Taiwan on Tuesday, as it bolstered investor sentiment for the …

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