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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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DailyAlts Playbook: ESG Bubbles, Sharp CEF Discounts, Brexit Demands, and Bill Ackman’s Bullish Views on Burritos.
February 28, 2020

The DailyAlts Playbook talks about ESG Bubbles, Sharp CEF Discounts, Brexit Demands, and Bill Ackman’s Bullish Views on Burritos. The Dow Jones projects another triple-digit loss as the worst selloff…

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Liquid Alternatives: Now, An AI-Enabled ETF That Delivers Investors’ Five Favorite Things
February 28, 2020

Merlyn.AI Corporation (MAI), the Palo Alto-based ETF provider that previously introduced the WIZ ETF, has now launched the Merlyn.AI Tactical Growth and Income ETF (Nasdaq: SNUG) on the Nasdaq exchange….

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Hedge Fund: Whitney Tilson Pumps Berkshire Hathaway as Top Retirement Stock
February 27, 2020

Former hedge fund manager Whitney Tilson has called Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) the to retirement stock. Tilson, who now writes for Empire Financial Research, issued a note this week praising…

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Liquid Alternatives: Invesco Launches New Sterling Corporate Bond ETF With ESG
February 27, 2020

Invesco, the fund manager with $1.23 trillion in assets under management as of December 31, 2019, has launched in Europe a new, first-of-its-kind, sterling-denominated, corporate bond ETF with an ESG…

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Digital Assets: The SIX Swiss Exchange Buys A Stake in Crypto Trading Platform Omniex
February 27, 2020

SIX Swiss Exchange announced it had struck a partnership agreement last week with San Francisco-based Omniex. The financial terms of the agreement, which also includes the acquisition of a stake…

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Artificial Intelligence: Hackers Raid Notorious Facial Recognition Startup Clearview AI
February 27, 2020

Clearview AI, the facial recognition startup that allegedly scraped billions of photographs from websites such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Venmo, has been hacked. The controversial company works with 600…

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ESG: Graham Clapp Says ESG-Focus is Creating a New Bubble
February 27, 2020

RWC Partners fund manager Graham Clapp warned that sustainable investing trends are poised to form a possible bubble in the markets. He compared it to the tech boom of the 1990s….

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DailyAlts Playbook: Mike Pence’s Battle to Save the World, Climate Investment, ESG Naysayers, and “The Activists.”
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We start today with the first U.S. coronavirus case of an unknown origin. The CDC is not aware of how a person in Northern California obtained the virus. However, they…

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Venture Capital: VCs, Wake Up And Smell The ClimateTech Coffee
February 27, 2020

Andrew Chung, of 1955 Capital, says climate change is the perfect storm. A huge market is shaping up around ClimateTech, a category of solutions that enable governments, companies, and individuals…

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Preqin: Hedge Fund AUM Hits All-Time High in 2019
February 26, 2020

Hedge fund assets under management (AUM) reached an all-time high for the industry by the end of 2019. A new report by Preqin shows that assets reached $3.66 trillion thanks…

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