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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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Hedge Funds: Carl Icahn Has Been Shorting Commercial Mortgage Bonds
March 13, 2020

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn told CNBC on Friday that he has been shorting the commercial bond market. The activist investor said that his short was his “biggest position by far”…

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Liquid Alternatives: Emerging Market Economies (And ETFs) To Benefit From The Oil Crash
March 13, 2020

One man’s meat is another man’s poison goes the saying. While oil-producing countries and US-listed oil companies have borne the brunt of the massive slide in crude oil prices recently,…

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Venture Capital: A Robotics Startup That Lived To Tell The Tale
March 13, 2020

Denmark-based Blue Ocean Robotics, led by Claus Risager, is selling hundreds of hospital robots to China to aid in the country’s battle against the coronavirus. At €60,000 each (US$67,000), the…

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Digital Assets: The Celo Foundation Plans Cryptocurrency for Billions of Smartphone Users
March 13, 2020

The Celo Foundation announced the Alliance for Prosperity with 50 founding members. They share a common mission to make digital assets available to everyone through Celo’s decentralized, open-source blockchain platform….

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FinTech: Revolut Adds Gold To Its App
March 13, 2020

Revolut has partnered for gold custody services with the London Bullion Market Association. Gold purchased by a customer via the Revolut App will be held by this firm. The customer…

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Artificial Intelligence: Now AI Could Unlock Secrets From 2,500-Year Old Iranian Tablets
March 13, 2020

Researchers at the University of Chicago’s DeepScribe project have deployed machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to decipher thousands of clay tablets dating back to the ancient Iranian Achaemenid Empire…

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ESG: Standard Life Makes Huge Pivot with 25 New Funds
March 13, 2020

Standard Life ESG investment will be a major trend in the year ahead. Standard Life Aberdeen has announced plans for 25 new funds centered around sustainability. According to Citywire, the…

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Alternative Investments: CoronaVirus Roundup for Thursday, March 12, 2020
March 12, 2020

Coronavirus has paralyzed the global markets, with Europe experiencing its worst one-day downturn in history. The FTSE shed 10.8%, the DAX was off 12.2%, and the CAC shed 12.5%. Here…

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Alternative Investments: Activists Pressure GameStop for Board Seat
March 12, 2020

Hestia Capital Partners is part of a group of investors pushing for a board seat at embattled gaming retailer GameStop (NYSE: GME).  A report indicates that Hestia joins Permit Capital…

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Liquid Alternatives: What the Proposed New Regulations on Leveraged ETFs Mean for Investors
March 12, 2020

The SEC’s proposed regulations have triggered widespread opposition, particularly those relating to leveraged (geared) ETFs. The public has until March 24, 2020, to submit its comments on the proposals.

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