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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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Madison Dearborn Partners Eyes Eighth Fund, Sets $4.5 Billion Goal
October 11, 2019

Madison Dearborn Partners, a Chicago-based private equity giant, is launching its eighth fund. The company wants to raise $4.5 billion. The figure would top the $4.4 billion it raised for…

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Fidelity Investments Eliminates Commissions
October 11, 2019

Fidelity Investments announced Thursday that it is eliminating commissions for stock trading. The elimination of commissions will also include exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and options. The firm is the latest in…

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AGF Leverages Its Quants Team to Offer Three Liquid Alternative Funds in Canada
October 11, 2019

Three new liquid alternative funds from AGF Investments Inc. provide better risk-adjusted returns. AGF has just launched three liquid alt funds in Canada. These are the (AGFiQ) US Market Neutral…

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Ripple’s Blockchain to Support Finastra’s Cross-Border Payments
October 11, 2019

Enterprise blockchain provider and payment network Ripple has tied-up with giant fintech Finastra. The latter’s users can utilize Ripple’s blockchain based network and its RippleNet partners for cross-border payments. RippleNet,…

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Bitcoin Options to be Highly Popular with Asian Traders, Miners: CME Group
October 10, 2019

CME Group’s forthcoming launch of Bitcoin options will likely be lapped up by Asian crypto players. Asian crypto traders and miners, along with European speculators and hedgers, already account for…

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Will Testify Before House Financial Services Committee
October 10, 2019

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress about his firm’s cryptocurrency project. Zuckerberg will speak before the House financial services committee on the launch of Libra.

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Here’s What Negative Interest Rates Would Do to the Community Banking Industry
October 10, 2019

Negative interest rates have generated a lot of noise in Europe and Asia. What would happen if the Federal Reserve adopted negative interest rates? That was the subject of a…

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Blackstone Sells Last Building from Famous 2007 Real Estate Deal
October 10, 2019

The Wall Street Journal says that Blackstone has sold the last office building it purchased in 2007. The building was part of their $39 billion purchase of Equity Office Properties…

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CFTC Chairman: Ethereum is a Commodity
October 10, 2019

CFTC Chairman Heath Tarbert has said that Ethereum is a commodity. During a talk at the Yahoo! Finance All Markets Summit, the CFTC chair said he doesn’t think ether is…

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LGPS Launches Climate Change Strategy
October 10, 2019

LGPS Central has announced the launch of a multi-factor equity fund. The manager of pooled assets from nine British public sector pension funds say that climate change sits at the…

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