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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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Private Equity: Blackstone Makes Bid for Soho China
March 11, 2020

Soho China could be next. Proving once again that the firm is fearless, private equity and alternative form Blackstone (NYSE: BX) is stepping up to the plate to bid for real…

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Liquid Alts: IMF Warns About ETF Liquidation
March 11, 2020

Call it the great bust of passive investing? The IMF warned Wednesday that regulators and authorities need to start watching asset managers and ETFs over the threat that they could…

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The ESG Data Market Will Be Worth $1 Billion Next Year
March 10, 2020

A new report from Opimas states that the value of ESG data could top $1 billion by next year. The firm’s newest report  ESG Data Market: No Stopping Its Rise…

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Artificial Intelligence: Banjo, the Startup That is Utah’s All-Seeing Eye-in-the-Sky
March 10, 2020

This Small Company Is Turning Utah Into a Surveillance Panopticon

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Venture Capital: African Startups’ Identity Crisis
March 10, 2020

More and more African founders are choosing to incorporate their startups outside Africa. Which raises the question: Can a startup founded and operating in Africa but domiciled abroad be called…

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Artificial Intelligence: How Machine Learning Algorithms are Helping Amputees
March 10, 2020

Researchers at the University of Michigan created an RPNI by cutting an amputee’s peripheral nerve and stitching it to a muscle. The subsequent healing in the area helps develop new…

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Liquid Alternatives: ETFs to Trade Market Volatility
March 10, 2020

Investors can use these ETFs to trade VIX, the “fear gauge” of the market. Savvy investors can take advantage of market panics that stem from black swan events like the…

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FinTech: Payments Startup Finix Gains $21M as Investor Sequoia Walks Away
March 10, 2020

In a somewhat dramatic turn of events Sequoia has bailed from its Finix investment, on grounds of conflict of interest with its investment in payment processor Stripe. Sequoia’s action is…

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Digital Assets: Now Use Cryptos to Privately Play (And Win) International Lotteries
March 10, 2020

Cryptos have crashed the global lottery party. Bitcoin.com announced Tuesday its partnership with Canadian gaming and lottery giant Bravio Technologies. Bitcoin.com will now have access to international lotteries, a highly…

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Hedge Funds: Coronavirus Hits Point72 Management
March 10, 2020

Coronavirus has hit one of Wall Street’s top financial shops. Multiple media outlets report that an employee at Point72’s Hudson Yard’s office has contracted Covid-19. The Wall Street Journal was…

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