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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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Real Estate: Takeaways from the NAREIT Study on the U.S. Economy
February 12, 2020

The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) commissioned advisory and consulting firm EY to examine the economic impact that REITs have on the US economy.

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Real Estate: Ellington Residential Mortgage Reports Quarterly Earnings
February 11, 2020

Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT (NYSE: EARN) reported financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. Ellington had an impressive quarter. Net income registered at $9.7 million, or $0.78 per…

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Digital Assets: Bitcoin to Beat the Dow to $40K, Says Analyst Tom Lee
February 11, 2020

Bitcoin to Beat the Dow to $40K, Says Analyst Tom Lee. The Fundstrat Global Advisors co-founder said in a CNBC interview on February 10 that he expected Bitcoin to record…

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Private Equity: Harvard Law School Publishes Memo on PE Year in Review, Outlook for 2020
February 11, 2020

The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance published a memorandum from Andrew Nussbaum, Karessa Cain, and Steve Cohen of the Wachtell Lipton law firm. Wachtell Lipton is a New…

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Venture Capital: VC Funding in Australia in 2019 Bucks Weak Asian Trend
February 11, 2020

VC Funding in Australia in 2019 Bucks Weak Asian Trend. VC funding in Australia in 2019 rose to a record US$1.145 billion from US$1.033 billion in 2018. Australia was a…

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Liquid Alternatives: Simon-Taubman Deal for Malls Sparks Rally in REITs ETF
February 11, 2020

Simon Property Group will buy Taubman Centers in a $3.6 billion deal. The Invesco KBW Premium Yield Equity REIT ETF (NYSEArca: KBWY) shot up 3.6% on Monday on news of…

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Artificial Intelligence: New Magnetic Memory Device Could Punch Through The Physical Barriers To Faster AI
February 11, 2020

Researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Messina in Italy have developed a new magnetic memory device. Built of antiferromagnetic (AFM) materials, it solves the limitations of existing hardware…

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FinTech: ASX-Listed, Buy Now Pay Later Startup Sezzle Notches Up 1M Customers
February 11, 2020

The Sezzle payments platform, which enables credit-starved shoppers to “buy now, pay later,” now boasts of one million customers across the United States and Canada. Launched in 2016, it took…

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Real Estate: Taubman Centers Sells to Simon Property Group
February 10, 2020

Taubman Centers (NYSE: TCO) reported financial results for the quarter and full-year periods ended December 31, 2019. It also provided a big surprise for shareholders. The outlet operator has sold…

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Alternative Investments: Brookfield Asset Management Closes $20 Billion Global Infrastructure Fund
February 10, 2020

Brookfield Asset Management announced the closing of its fourth flagship infrastructure fund. The Brookfield Infrastructure Fund IV has total commitments of $20 billion. That figure surpassed its target goal of $17 billion…

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