FinTech

Digital payments alone could become a $100 trillion industry, according to PwC. And that’s just one component of the global Fintech industry. This channel tackles the lenders and buyers, the obstacles and achievements, and the trends and trend makers leading the ongoing technological evolution in global finance.

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Fintech: M&A In the Fintech Space Will Heat Up

One of the clear winners, if there is such a thing of the current economic situation, will be fintech companies. And we can expect to see a wave of fintech M&A as a result. There was already a trend towards digital platforms in the financial services industry. Now it’s just accelerating. Even those who prefer a hands-on face-to-face meeting on financial matters are turning to online platforms. They have to do so. Many banks are only offering drive-through services. This means more complex transactions are moving online. Why Fintech M&A Will Heat Up The shift to increased digital use in financial services will also accelerate the fight between incumbent banks, brokerages, and insurance companies to capture market share in a new digital marketplace. Underfunded startups will struggle. They lack the ability to spend billions of dollars a year like their larger financial counterparts. The smaller firms will also need to find funding sources to survive until economic activity begins to normalize. Fintech companies also have to be very careful about execution risk right now. Consider Robinhood, the online brokerage firm. Their system failed as markets became disrupted by the spread of the coronavirus virus in the United States. The future…

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FinTech: TransferWise Now Transfers $5.25 Billion Per Month
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TransferWise Now Transfers $5.25 Billion Per Month. The upstart fintech claims it does so saving people and businesses $4.5 million per day. What’s more, the TransferWise customer community is now…

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ZestMoney, the Loan Startup for India’s Credit-challenged, Raises $20 Million from Goldman Sachs and others

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Ant Financial has started raising $1 billion for a fund focused on Southeast Asia and India. The fintech arm of Alibaba is looking to expand its presence across the growing…

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Robinhood, the pioneering zero commission stockbroker, has put banking ambitions on the backburner. Robinhood withdrew its bank charter application to launch a federally insured bank. It had filed an application…

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London Stock Exchange and PrimaryBid To Democratize Public Equity Offerings
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The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has tied-up with fintech PrimaryBid to give retail investors access to share offerings. PrimaryBid’s internet-based investment platform will allow retail investors to digitally access share…

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iCapital Network, which connects advisors and their high net worth investors to leading alternative investment managers, ties up with PIMCO. iCapital Network said it will develop a customized technology platform…

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Neon, a Brazilian digital bank, has raised US$94 million from top investors. The challenger bank has ambitious plans in a high-growth market. It will use the funds to triple the…

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Blurring Lines of Distinction Between Banks and Fintechs
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Fintechs and techs are trying more and more to masquerade as banks. Should banks take the battle into the fintech camp? Here’s an interesting viewpoint: Incumbent and traditional banks are…

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Chinese Investors Pump In $120 Million Into Nigerian Fintech OPay
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Chinese Investors Pump In $120 Million Into Nigerian Fintech OPay. Nigerian fintech OPay is an arm of Opera, which is based in Norway and majority-owned by Chinese. Opera founded OPay…

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