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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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ESG bites into banks’ lending to corporates, says a report by Fitch Ratings. Fitch Ratings fielded a survey in the third quarter of 2019 and received 182 responses from banks….

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Fintech: Bond Bot Creator Katana Labs, Incubated at ING, is Spun Off
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ING announced Tuesday the spin-off of Katana Labs – an in-house start-up nurtured at its ING Lab incubator. ING Ventures, the venture capital arm of ING, will invest £ 1.5…

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