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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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Liquid Alternatives: The iMaps Investment Strategy Based ETI Launches for Retail Investors On Vienna Bourse
January 16, 2020

The first Exchange Traded Instrument (ETI) from the Liechtenstein-based iMaps ETI plc launched on January 13 on the Vienna Stock Exchange. Asset manager and BaFin licensed PP Asset Management, which…

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Digital Assets: “Its Utility Will Drive The Value of Bitcoin, Not Speculation,” Says Bitcoin Jesus
January 16, 2020

Roger Ver, nicknamed Bitcoin Jesus for his championship of the digital currency, says BTC is now a pyramid scheme. Speaking to BlockTV, Ver said the sole argument in favor of…

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Liquid Alternatives: In 2019, Globally, and especially in Europe, ETFs Raked It In
January 16, 2020

The global ETF market drew in inflows of nearly half a trillion euros (€495bn) in 2019. But European ETFs were a standout, pulling in €104bn of net new assets, and…

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This morning, U.S. markets are ticking higher as markets largely ignore Impeachment drama in Washington and cheer the Phase One trade deal between the U.S. and China. The dollar is…

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Investment Company Institute: Funds are Pouring Money into Bonds
January 16, 2020

The Investment Company Institute cited the largest outflows of capital from mutual funds and ETFs since September. During the first full week of 2020, fund investors pulled $13.1 billion out…

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Hedge Funds: Bridgewater Co-CIO Is Bullish on Gold Prices
January 16, 2020

Bridgewater Co-CIO Greg Jensen believes that gold prices could hit $2,000 or more. Jensen told the Financial Times this week that geopolitical uncertainty and inflationary policies could press gold at least 30%…

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Private Equity: AMP Capital’s Global Infrastructure Fund II (GIF II) Fund Closes with $3.4B Kitty
January 15, 2020

In an impressive encore, AMP Capital’s latest Global Infrastructure Fund II romped home with $3.4 billion, well-ahead of its targeted raise of $3 billion. The predecessor fund raised $2.4 billion…

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Artificial Intelligence: Chinese Think Tank Doesn’t Think AI and Robots Will Destroy Jobs
January 15, 2020

The Chinese people need have no fears that their jobs would be taken over by artificial intelligence and robots says a government report. According to a report by The Chinese…

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Digital Assets: Fidelity Digital Assets UK To Provide Bitcoin Custody Services to European Fund
January 15, 2020

The UK-regulated Nickel Digital Asset Management announced Tuesday it’s launch of the Nickel Digital Gold Institutional Fund, its second cryptocurrency offering. The digital assets of the fund will be secured…

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Venture Capital: New, Boston-Based VC Firm to Target Insurtech and Fintech
January 15, 2020

Boston-based Brewer Lane Ventures is a newly minted venture capital firm that launched January 9. Brewer Lane is founded by John Kim, who was previously President and Chief Investment Officer…

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