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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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Alternative Investments: IRS Releases Regulations for Opportunity Zones
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Digital Assets: Millennials Trust Bitcoin Over Berkshire Hathaway
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Millennial investors trust Bitcoin more than Berkshire Hathaway, according to a new report from Charles Schwab. The investment bank examined self-directed portfolios of millennial investors. It found that the majority…

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EY: Private Equity Firms Really Loved Germany in 2019
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Private equity investment in Germany topped out at about 32 billion euros, according to EY. That figure represents a year-over-year increase of about 80%, the firm said this week. Private…

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Digital Assets: James Altucher’s 2020 Bitcoin Prediction Will Miss by More Than $992,000
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James Altucher is best known for his hedge fund, his Choose Yourself messaging, his iconic hair, and an ultra-bullish stance on Bitcoin. The former hedge fund manager’s crypto-newsletter advertisements also…

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Digital Assets: Crypto Hedge Funds Shuttered in 2019 At a Stunning Pace
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Crypto hedge funds shuttered at a rather alarming click in 2019. According to Crypto Fund Research, 70 such funds had closed by early December. That means there was still time…

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Alternative Investments: Decline in IPOs Worldwide as Investors Prefer Private Markets
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Liquid Alternatives: Franklin Templeton Launches FLSP, its First Alternative ETF
December 30, 2019

Franklin Templeton added a new active fund to its ETF range. The Franklin Liberty Systematic Style Premia ETF (FLSP) is an alternative ETF that is actively risk-managed, seeking a target…

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Hedge Funds: Investors Looking to Bail? The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator is at a 12-Month High
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The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for December is up marginally from last month. Simply put, the SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator shows how much investors are looking to bail…

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Digital Assets: Singapore’s MXC Exchange to Launch Leveraged Crypto ETFs
December 30, 2019

Singapore’s MXC Exchange to Launch Leveraged Crypto ETFs. It announced December 28 the launch of its range of leveraged ETFs based on cryptocurrencies BTC, ETH and EOS. These ETFs are…

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