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Bregal Sagemount Acquires Financial Services Data Provider

Private equity firm Bregal Sagemount has acquired Discovery Data Inc ., a provider of data on retail financial services firms from the Ipreo LLC software company.

At the same time, Bregal Sagemount’s backing has helped Discovery Data acquire Meridian-IQ, which provides online databases and adviser market information, from AIQ Inc. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

New York-based Bregal Sagemount focuses on investing $15 million to $150 million per deal in companies in high-growth sectors, including software, digital infrastructure, healthcare IT, business and consumer services, and financial technology.Discovery Data Bob Herrmann, says that with Bregal Sagemount’s investment experience and capital, his company plans to accelerate its development of new products.

“These acquisitions provide us the opportunity to bring together two leading companies in the wealth management information sector,” says Daniel Kim, partner at Bregal Sagemount. “The demand for this comprehensive data set is expanding rapidly, and our investment will provide Discovery Data the resources to continue its expansion.

What Negative Rates Are Doing To Financial Services ETFs

It is no secret that low, and even negative, interest rates throughout major developed markets are pinching financial services stocks and exchange-traded funds. The punishment extends beyond U.S.-focused ETFs.

Negative interest rate policies (NIRP) should lower the cost of capital with the theoretical result being companies wanting to spend more, which should prompt banks to boost lending. However, financial services ETFs are not benefiting.

Financials And The Fed

Obviously, the United States does not have negative interest rates, but the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE: XLF ) and rival diversified financial services ETFs are among this year's worst-performing sector funds. XLF, the largest ETF tracking the S&P 500's second-largest sector weight, is off 2.1 percent. XLF has rallied off its February lows, but the ETF's most recent upside is likely attributable to expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next month, indicating XLF is back where it often is: waiting on Fed support .

Real Estate Financial service?

I have a concept for a financial real estate service and I would like some feedback on whether or not it could work.

Say someone has owned their home for several years and own a large amount of equity in their property "lets say $65,000".

It won't work. For the sake of clarity, lets assume the house was purchased for 165k and the owner has, as you say, 65k in equity. The third party investor is supposed to buy the house for 165k? Why would anybody do that, where is their profit?