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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: Swiss Ski Resort Zermatt Goes Crypto; Will Accept Taxes in Bitcoin
January 30, 2020

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Artificial Intelligence: Microsoft’s $40 Million Healthcare AI Program
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Microsoft announced Wednesday its AI for Health, a new $40 million, five-year program that will use artificial intelligence to solve the world’s toughest challenges in health. “Through AI for Health,…

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Digital Assets: Insurance Market Evolving in Step With Growth of Cryptos
January 29, 2020

Insurance coverage for digital assets is gradually adapting to the rapid changes and growth in crypto assets, says a presentation by Marsh JLT Speciality, a global leader in risk management…

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ESG: Is Biodiversity is the New Climate Change?
January 29, 2020

Biodiversity is now in the same league as climate change from an ESG perspective. AXA Investment Managers, BNP Paribas Asset Management, and Sycomore Asset Management want investors to focus on…

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Hedge Funds: Citadel, Marshall Wace Take Aim at Airline Stocks
January 29, 2020

British Airways announced plans to suspend flights to mainland China this week. The coronavirus continues to deter commercial travel among tourists and business people. We’ve now seen hedge funds take…

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Liquid Alternatives: The Goldman Sachs “Stealth” ETF
January 29, 2020

Earlier this month, Goldman Sachs filed to set up a non-transparent ETF that would not disclose its investments daily. The fund would, therefore, be different from run-of-the-mill ETFs which are…

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Venture Capital: The Kobe in “Bryant Stibel & Co”
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FinTech: Founding Member Standard Chartered Boosts Investment in Contour, the Blockchain Trade Platform
January 29, 2020

Standard Chartered invests an undisclosed amount in Contour. Contour is a global trade finance platform that runs on R3’s Corda blockchain. It specializes in digitally creating, exchanging, approving, and issuing…

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