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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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Hedge Funds: The Empire Strikes Back At HKD Short-Sellers and Doomsayers
January 17, 2020

Such is the power of Kyle Bass, the hedge fund manager who correctly predicted the crisis from US subprime mortgages in 2007. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority deemed it appropriate…

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Digital Assets: The Digital Dollar Foundation and Accenture Launch the Digital Dollar Project
January 17, 2020

J. Christopher Giancarlo, former Chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), along with Charles Giancarlo and Daniel Gorfine, have joined hands with Accenture on the digital dollar, or US…

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Digital Assets: In Reforms Push, China Mulling Rules for New Digital Banks, Including by Foreigners
January 17, 2020

China is working on guidelines for the establishment of online-only banks. Chinese regulators are pushing for the establishment of new, 100% digital banks to reduce risk in the country’s financial…

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The DailyAlts Playbook: Short Strategies for Tesla and Apple, where Ken Griffin was on Wednesday, Kyle Bass’ Hong Kong Worries, and the GAO’s Statement on Donald Trump
January 17, 2020

Today, the DailyAlts Playbook talks about short strategies for Tesla and Apple,  where Ken Griffin was on Wednesday, Kyle Bass’ Hong Kong worries, and the GAO’s statement on Donald Trump.

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Private Equity: KKR Outlook 2020 Suggests Volatility Ahead
January 17, 2020

Private equity leader KKR released its latest macro outlook this week. Head of Global Macro & Asset Allocation Henry McVey outlines where KKR thinks the best opportunities will be this…

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Key Takeaways from the J.P. Morgan Asset Management “Global Alternatives Outlook”
January 17, 2020

The Global Alternatives Outlook was released by JPMorgan Asset Management this week. The report provides a 12-18-month outlook across key alternative asset classes. The report also the views of the CEOs, CIOs,…

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VC-Real Estate: WeWork Leasing Numbers Tanked After Failed IPO
January 16, 2020

WeWork leasing numbers plunged in the wake of its failed IPO. A new report from CBRE reveals that the company saw a 93% decline in leasing activity in the fourth…

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FTSE Russell Launches European Climate Risk Index
January 16, 2020

FTSE Russell has launched a new fixed income offering in Europe that weighs factors in each country’s efforts to mitigate climate change. The FTSE Climate Risk-Adjusted European Monetary Union Government…

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ESG: ValueAct Salutes the BlackRock “Climate Change of Heart”
January 16, 2020

ValueAct founder Jeffrey Ubben expressed his excitement this week that BlackRock chief Larry Fink had sounded an alarm around climate change. The founder of the $17 billion hedge fund has…

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ESG: Lately-turned Tesla Bull Jim Cramer Adds Fink To The Mix
January 16, 2020

Larry Fink’s emotionally charged plug for ESG ticks all the investment boxes for Tesla. According to Cramer, electric car maker Tesla could be a beneficiary of BlackRock’s new-found love for…

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