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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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NBER: Beware Bond Mutual Funds and Their Reported Holdings
November 5, 2019

The National Bureau of Economic Research issued a stark warning about bond mutual funds and risk. In a new report, NBER says that at least 30% of bond mutual funds…

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Inmarsat Rejects Oaktree’s Push to Delay Court Hearing
November 5, 2019

Oaktree Capital had requested a delay to a takeover court hearing around the takeover of Inmarsat. The British satellite company, however, rejected the delay for the November 12 meeting. Oaktree…

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HCM Capital to Launch Second, Larger Venture Fund
November 5, 2019

HCM Capital is reportedly exploring a new fund to invest in early tech startups. HCM Capital receives funding and support from Foxconn Technology Group. A report in Reuters notes that…

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An Ares Management Earnings Recap
November 5, 2019

Ares Management shows strong revenue gains. Ares Management earnings arrived last week. Revenue grew by 94% to $466.5 million year-over-year while the reported earnings of $.23 a share represented a…

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CEM Benchmarking: How REITs Match Up Against Other Investments
November 5, 2019

In October, CEM Benchmarketing compiled a study for the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). The study is called “Asset Allocation and Fund Performance of Defined Benefit Pension…

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Ardevora Asset Management to Shut Its Trading Desk
November 4, 2019

Ardevora Asset Management will shutter its desk and outsource its trading and execution to Northern Trust. The TRADE first reported the development on Friday. 

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Brown Advisory Launches Global Leaders Sustainable Fund
November 4, 2019

Brown Advisory has announced the launch of the Global Leaders Sustainable Fund under its Irish domiciled UCITS umbrella. The $76 billion company said that the new UCITS Fund adds environmental,…

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CPPIB to Buy Pattern Energy Group for $2.63 Billion
November 4, 2019

The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) announced plans to buy Pattern Energy Group for $2.63 billion. CPPIB announced details of the deal for the renewable energy giant on Monday….

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Leon Cooperman: Stop Vilifying Billionaires
November 4, 2019

Hedge fund manager tears up while discussing the political divide Hedge fund manager Leon Cooperman teared up on CNBC Monday while discussing his spat with Elizabeth Warren. The U.S. Senator…

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Berkshire Hathaway Beats Earnings Despite Global Economic Woes
November 3, 2019

Berkshire Hathaway reported earnings on Saturday (more on why in a moment). Warren Buffett’s firm announced that profits topped Wall Street expectations thanks to resilient consumer spending. The firm’s success…

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