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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: Google CEO Sundar Pichai Calls for “Sensible Regulation”
January 22, 2020

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FinTech: Fintechs That Could be in Play After the Visa-Plaid Deal
January 22, 2020

There are too many fintechs out there, but many can’t survive on their own. A Barron’s analysis of likely deal-making in the fintech sector after the landmark Visa-Plaid deal shows…

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Hedge Funds: The Top Ranking Hedge Funds since Inception-How They Fared in 2019
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TCI and Lone Pine led the list of top-performing hedge funds for last year. Chris Hohn’s TCI and Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital logged gains of $8.4 billion and $7.3…

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Hedge Funds: Shades of LTCM Lurk, Only This Time It Could Be Much Bigger
January 22, 2020

Regulations hobbled banks’ risk-taking abilities after the last global financial crisis. But risk never really went away, it just switched masks. And hedge funds are the new face of unbridled…

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Private Equity: Lexington Partners Raises $14 Billion for Ninth Fund
January 22, 2020

Lexington Partners announced the closing of Lexington Capital Partners IX which raised $14 billion of commitments. Lexington Capital is one of the largest funds that invest in private equity and…

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ESG: Citigroup Social Impact Fund Hits $150 Million
January 22, 2020

The details around the Citigroup social impact fund emerged this week. The bank announced it funded a $150 million social impact fund. The fund will invest in private companies that…

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Next Generation Technology Growth Fund II Closes at $2.2 Billion
January 21, 2020

The KKR Next Generation Technology Growth Fund II has closed. KKR announced a $2.2 billion fund dedicated to growth equity investment opportunities in the technology space in North America, Europe,…

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Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman: Fewer Things to Buy Today for Private Equity
January 21, 2020

Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman confirmed our concerns about dry powder and higher valuations during an interview at the World Economic Forum. Schwarzman discussed the lack of opportunities with CNBC. The…

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Real Estate: KKR Buys the Summit from Hines Global REIT
January 21, 2020

Hines Global REIT is a non-traded real estate investment trust that has been selling properties and winding down operations. Last week, the firm announced that it had sold The Summit…

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Digital Assets: UAE a Flag-bearer for Blockchain Technology Deployment
January 21, 2020

The UAE is a Flag-bearer for Blockchain Technology Deployment. A joint white paper has been issued by the World Economic Forum and the United Arab Emirates’ Centre For The Fourth…

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