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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: A Deep Learning Computer System Teaches Itself to Predict Extreme Weather
February 7, 2020

Researchers at Rice University have developed a computer system that taught itself how to accurately predict extreme weather events such as heatwaves and cold spells up to 5 days in…

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FinTech: InterMex To Use Ripple’s ODL Solution For Cross-Border Transactions
February 7, 2020

International Money Express, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMXI), a cross-border remittances and payment services company operating primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean, announced its partnership with Ripple, the provider of enterprise…

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Liquid Alternatives: Investors Get Currency Hedged Versions of Vanguard’s Flagship Japan Fund
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Investors seeking currency-neutral exposure to Japanese stocks can invest in the new Vanguard currency-hedged Japan ETFs. Vanguard has addressed a long-pending demand from European investors for currency-hedged versions of its…

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Private Equity: Count Vanguard in as a Competitor in the Space
February 6, 2020

Vanguard, the world’s largest investment firm, has entered the private equity business. The firm will provide PE in a suite of new funds and target pensions, endowments, and other institutions….

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Community Banking: Reich & Tang Reaches Deal with Smiley Technologies
February 6, 2020

Fintech firm Reich & Tang has reached a deal with Smiley Technologies, a developer and provider of core banking solutions to U.S community banks. Community banks typically struggle to keep…

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FinTech: Visa and AirWallex Offer Card-based B2B Payment Solution
February 6, 2020

Card giant Visa and global fintech leader AirWallex announced a global partnership to offer the Airwallex Borderless Card, a B2B card-based payment solution. Offered initially only in Australia, the card…

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Venture Capital: Chinese VC Investors Home In on Indian Startups
February 6, 2020

Shunwei Capital, a VC firm founded by Xiaomi founders Lei Jun and Tuck Lye Koh, has co-led a $5.5 million funding round in regional language podcast app Kuku FM. The…

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Digital Assets: Founding Duo of Zima Digital Assets Arrested In $7.5M Criminal Complaint
February 6, 2020

Founding Duo of Zima Digital Assets Arrested In $7.5M Criminal Complaint. The United States Secret Service arrested John Michael Caruso, 28, of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Zachary Salter, 27, of Paradise…

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Private Equity: Black Dragon Capital Buys 100% of Grass Valley, a Media Technology Company
February 6, 2020

Black Dragon Capital, a private equity firm, has agreed to acquire all of Grass Valley from Belden Inc. (NYSE: BDC), reports TVTechnology. According to a statement, Black Dragon intends to…

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ESG: Institutional Investors Press Hedge Funds on ESG Investing
February 6, 2020

Institutional investors are pushing hedge funds to adopt ESG in their investment decisions. These investors see ESG investing as a way to serve their own long-term interests and wider society. This…

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