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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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Artificial Intelligence: Now AI Could Unlock Secrets From 2,500-Year Old Iranian Tablets
March 13, 2020

Researchers at the University of Chicago’s DeepScribe project have deployed machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to decipher thousands of clay tablets dating back to the ancient Iranian Achaemenid Empire…

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The DailyAlts Playbook: Buffett Plays to an Empty Room, Disney is Going to Be Quiet, and China’s Latest Lies
March 13, 2020

THE DAILYALTS PLAYBOOK March 13, 2020 Today, the DailyAlts Playbook talks about Buffett Playing to an Empty Room, Disney’s Quiet Period, and China’s Latest Lies. PRIME OVERVIEW Good morning: We…

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ESG: Standard Life Makes Huge Pivot with 25 New Funds
March 13, 2020

Standard Life ESG investment will be a major trend in the year ahead. Standard Life Aberdeen has announced plans for 25 new funds centered around sustainability. According to Citywire, the…

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Alternative Investments: CoronaVirus Roundup for Thursday, March 12, 2020
March 12, 2020

Coronavirus has paralyzed the global markets, with Europe experiencing its worst one-day downturn in history. The FTSE shed 10.8%, the DAX was off 12.2%, and the CAC shed 12.5%. Here…

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Alternative Investments: Activists Pressure GameStop for Board Seat
March 12, 2020

Hestia Capital Partners is part of a group of investors pushing for a board seat at embattled gaming retailer GameStop (NYSE: GME).  A report indicates that Hestia joins Permit Capital…

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Liquid Alternatives: What the Proposed New Regulations on Leveraged ETFs Mean for Investors
March 12, 2020

The SEC’s proposed regulations have triggered widespread opposition, particularly those relating to leveraged (geared) ETFs. The public has until March 24, 2020, to submit its comments on the proposals.

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Artificial Intelligence: IBM’s Debater AI Technology Set for Commercialization
March 12, 2020

IBM Research’s Project Debater, the only AI system capable of debating humans on complex topics, will soon help businesses to better utilize language and text-based data. The Debater technology enabled…

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Venture Capital: Nissan Motors to Bails Out of Venture Fund With Auto Partners
March 12, 2020

Nissan Motor Company is reportedly exiting a venture capital fund it operates with several auto alliance partners. Reports indicate that the Japanese auto maker is looking to cut costs and…

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Digital Assets: Industry Funding for Digital Asset Data Providers Surpasses $110 Million
March 12, 2020

A global study was conducted by Outlier Ventures and DIA of 42 digital asset market data vendors globally. These vendors handle data for daily trading volumes exceeding US$100 billion. This…

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Venture Capital: New Enterprise Associates (NEA) Raises $3.6 Billion For Its Latest, And Biggest Fund
March 12, 2020

New Enterprise Associates Inc (NEA) closed on $3.6 billion in its largest fund so far. As in the past, the fund will invest most of the money in early-stage companies…

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