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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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Artificial Intelligence: Hackers Raid Notorious Facial Recognition Startup Clearview AI
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Hedge fund assets under management (AUM) reached an all-time high for the industry by the end of 2019. A new report by Preqin shows that assets reached $3.66 trillion thanks…

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Alternative Assets: Elizabeth Warren Has “A Plan” for Larry Fink on ESG
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The Democratic candidate is pushing for the BlackRock chief to do more in his firm’s pledge to address climate change. In a letter released today, Warren asked Fink to support…

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Alternative Investments: Bernie’s FTT – A Gut Punch to Americans’ Retirement Savings
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Digital Assets: First Digital Trust Flags Off Asia’s First Rapid Settlement and Clearing Network (RSCN)
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Instant settlement 24/7. Irrevocable. No counterparty risk. No middlemen. That’s the promise from First Digital Trust’s Rapid Settlement and Clearing Network (RSCN) currently in testing but due to launch in…

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Venture Capital: SambaNova Systems Raises $250M for Its AI Systems Platform
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SambaNova Systems, whose founders are the crème-de-la-crème of Silicon Valley, raised $250 million in a Series C funding. The startup is at the cutting edge of AI and large-scale computing….

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Venture Capital: Salesforce Snaps Up CRM Startup Vlocity For $1.33B
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Salesforce snaps up CRM startup Vlocity for $1.33B. Vlocity builds CRM systems that are industry-specific, cloud and mobile-based. Vlocity’s industry solutions are communications, media and entertainment, insurance and financial services,…

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FinTech: Revolut’s Valuation Surges to $5.5B in Latest $500M ‘D’ Round
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Mobile-based neobank and a digital provider of financial services, Revolut just raised $500 million in its ‘D’ round led by TCV. Though it is yet to report a profit, Revolut…

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