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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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Digital Assets: Emerging Trends After the Virus Pushed Real Estate Across the Digital Divide
March 16, 2020

Foreigners located in Japan, South Korea, China have suddenly discovered the virtues of closing property deals in the US remotely and online, writes Natalia Karayaneva in an article in Forbes….

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The DailyAlts Playbook: Limit Down, Bill De Blasio’s Economic Ignorance, and Scott Minerd on the Market
March 16, 2020

We start today where we left on Thursday night. Friday was a dead cat bounce, and we’re back to limit down. The Dow Jones projected a 1,041 point loss in…

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Venture Capital: Reddit Co-founder Ohanian “@Initializes” Billboards in Times Square
March 16, 2020

On Saturday, passersby in New York’s Times Square may have been bemused to see a billboard saying “Staying home means saving lives,” with the hashtag “#FlattenTheCurve” at the bottom. Said…

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ESG: Older ESG Funds Are Beating New Ones in Performance
March 16, 2020

ESG investment funds with long track records are beating new competitors as the markets continue to unravel. Roughly 400 of the 2,800 ESG funds were in positive territory for the…

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Alternative Investments: Elliott Supports SoftBank’s Buyback Plan
March 13, 2020

SoftBank has announced a $4.8 billion buyback plan, news that brings joy to Elliott Management.  According to a report, SoftBank can purchase additional shares at the completion of the merger…

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Hedge Funds: Carl Icahn Has Been Shorting Commercial Mortgage Bonds
March 13, 2020

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn told CNBC on Friday that he has been shorting the commercial bond market. The activist investor said that his short was his “biggest position by far”…

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Liquid Alternatives: Emerging Market Economies (And ETFs) To Benefit From The Oil Crash
March 13, 2020

One man’s meat is another man’s poison goes the saying. While oil-producing countries and US-listed oil companies have borne the brunt of the massive slide in crude oil prices recently,…

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Venture Capital: A Robotics Startup That Lived To Tell The Tale
March 13, 2020

Denmark-based Blue Ocean Robotics, led by Claus Risager, is selling hundreds of hospital robots to China to aid in the country’s battle against the coronavirus. At €60,000 each (US$67,000), the…

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Digital Assets: The Celo Foundation Plans Cryptocurrency for Billions of Smartphone Users
March 13, 2020

The Celo Foundation announced the Alliance for Prosperity with 50 founding members. They share a common mission to make digital assets available to everyone through Celo’s decentralized, open-source blockchain platform….

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FinTech: Revolut Adds Gold To Its App
March 13, 2020

Revolut has partnered for gold custody services with the London Bullion Market Association. Gold purchased by a customer via the Revolut App will be held by this firm. The customer…

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