Size Matters: The Total Addressable Market of Cannabis/Hemp is Far Bigger than Analyst Predictions

Published June 24, 2019

By Mitch Baruchowitz As Illinois becomes the 11th state to legalize cannabis for adult-use, and other states look to follow suit, it is important to look at what the normalized, total addressable market (TAM) is in cannabis since that is one of the driving factors of the global opportunity.  At Merida, it is our belief …

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U.S. Direct Lending – Where is the Opportunity in Today’s Market?

Published June 24, 2019

By Antonella Napolitano When Deerpath was formed back in 2007 with the purpose of investing in privately negotiated senior loans to companies in the US lower middle market, direct lending was considered a new and niche asset class for investors.  While the U.S. private equity market had been well established, even within the lower end of …

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Diversification within Private Money Lending

Published June 24, 2019

by Gregg Bernstein As we approach the end of the 2nd quarter, with the summer approaching, Westridge is ready to continue the 2nd half of 2019 with more, quality real estate-secured debt transactions for the Fund.  Westridge Lending Fund, LLC is a real estate-backed Mortgage/Trust Deed Fund specializing in business purpose loans (i.e., commercial and …

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Rise in Natural Disasters Leads to Insurance Deficits

Published June 24, 2019

by Nicole Nouhra Disasters Increasing in Frequency and Severity Natural disasters in the United States are increasing in both frequency and severity. Since 2009 the number of catastrophes has doubled and the claims dollars paid out has quadrupled as reported by The Insurance Information Institute. Last year, California experienced some of the deadliest and most …

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