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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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Pershing Square 13-F: Ackman’s Hedge Fund Buys Agilent Technologies
December 10, 2019

The Pershing Square 13-F filed in November has revealed Bill Ackman’s latest stake. According to the SEC filing, Ackman’s hedge fund has scooped up a 2.9 million-share stake in Agilent…

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Digital Assets: The SEC Thaws; Approves Bitcoin Futures Fund
December 10, 2019

In what Commissioner Hester Peircetook hailed as “a bit of progress,” the SEC cleared the decks for the launch of a bitcoin futures fund. The SEC last week approved the…

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Liquid Alternatives: YTD Returns for Alternative UCITS Strategies Swing Dramatically from 2018
December 10, 2019

YTD Returns for Alternative UCITS Strategies Swing Dramatically from 2018. About 80% of alternative UCITS funds generated positive returns until end-October, with nearly all strategies doing well. According to HedgeWeek,…

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VC Giant Sequoia Capital Raises $3.4 Billion for U.S. and China Investments
December 10, 2019

Venture capital giant Sequoia Capital has raised $3.4 billion for two new investment funds. The first fund will invest in late-stage companies in the United States. The second will invest…

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Hedge Fund Asia Research & Capital Management Shorts Premier Oil
December 9, 2019

Premier Oil is the target of a massive short position. Asia Research & Capital Management (ARCM) has reportedly built a massive bet against the energy company.

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Magnetar Capital Aims to Launch $400 Million Health Fund
December 9, 2019

Magnetar Capital will launch its first healthcare hedge fund in 2020. The firm aims to close a $400 million fund by mid-2020, according to Bloomberg. The company will look to…

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Hacker Uses Ingenious MO to Siphon $1M from VC Firm
December 9, 2019

Security researchers at cybersecurity firm Check Point relate how Chinese hackers hijacked $1 million of seed money that was supposed to travel from a Chinese venture capital firm to an…

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Hedge Fund Billionaire Bill Ackman Looks for 50% Returns in 2019
December 9, 2019

Billionaire Bill Ackman and his hedge fund are having a great 2019. Last month, Ackman’s hedge fund added another gross return of 3.4% — or 3.2% after fees. This gain…

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Hedge Fund White Elm Capital to Shut Down Despite Big Gains
December 9, 2019

White Elm Capital is shutting down its hedge fund operations. Founder Matthew Iorio wrote a letter to investors Friday announcing the decision.

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Five Star Funds Launches Hedge Fund to Focus on Vegas, Baby
December 9, 2019

Five Star Funds announced it would create the Flamingo All Weather Fund, a new fund aimed to capitalize on favorable economic conditions in Las Vegas.

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