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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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Hedge Funds Are Buying Oil Contracts – Have You Noticed?
December 6, 2019

Hedge funds and oil prices aren’t like water and oil. Just two weeks after hedge funds sold off after an oil rally, they’re buying oil contracts once again. Reuters’ John…

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The Illinois Pension Crisis Goes from Bad to Worse
December 6, 2019

The Illinois pension crisis just got much worse. According to reports, the state’s unfunded pension liabilities jumped $3.8 billion to $137.3 billion at the end of the fiscal year 2019….

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Pershing Square Capital Boosts Stake In Howard Hughes
December 6, 2019

Pershing Square Capital Management has increased its stake in Howard Hughes Corp., according to an S-4 filing with the SEC. Activist hedge fund manager Bill Ackman and his firm announced…

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Prescott Group Closes Strategies Fund I at $63.4 Million
December 6, 2019

Prescott Group announced the closing of its first real estate private equity fund. The Prescott Strategies Fund I closed with a total commitment of $63.4 million. The Fund will invest in…

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Mark Wiseman Out at BlackRock
December 5, 2019

Mark Wiseman found himself in the running to replace BlackRock Chief Larry Fink. Now he finds himself out of a job. Multiple media outlets report that Wiseman allegedly violated BlackRock’s…

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High Net Worth Investors in the U.S. (and Their Next-Gen) Reach for ESG
December 5, 2019

A report by Cerulli Associates says wealthy American investors, as well as their next-gen successors, are considering ESG investing. High net worth (HNW) investors in the US are increasingly gravitating…

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CBRE Talks U.S. Net-Lease Investment for the Third Quarter
December 5, 2019

CBRE, the global real estate investment and advisory firm, released the third quarter U.S. Net-Lease Investment Report.

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Inland Private Capital Corporation Announces Full Funding of Opportunity Zone Fund
December 5, 2019

Inland Private Capital Corporation announced the full funding of its first private placement offering by a qualified opportunity fund, Saint Paul Opportunity Zone. The fund will no longer accept any…

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Liability Mismatch Strikes Again: £2.5 Billion M&G Property Fund in the U.K. Suspended
December 5, 2019

Is the Woodford Income Fund saga in replay? Property or unlisted shares – both are hard to sell. M&G Investments suspended dealings in its £2.5 billion M&G Property Portfolio with…

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Natixis Investment Managers Survey Shows Shift To Private Investments
December 5, 2019

Natixis Investment Managers has released the results of its survey of investment managers this week. Natixis surveyed 500 institutional investors, who collectively manage more than $15 trillion in assets. These…

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