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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: Two Blockchain Devices That Pressed The Right Buttons at CES 2020
January 15, 2020

Device security fanatics will welcome the blockchain based phone and camera. CES 2020 did – with innovation awards. The Consumer Electroncis Show (CES) 2020 at Las Vegas honoured the Blok…

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January 15, 2020

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ESG: A Firm’s ESG Investments Could Launch a Virtuous Circle – ISS Report
January 15, 2020

There is a mutual cause-and-effect relationship between a firm’s ESG investments and its profitability, says a report by ISS ESG. ISS ESG is the responsible investing arm of Institutional Shareholder…

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Artificial Intelligence: Ex-Goldman CIO Makes Leap to Healthcare
January 15, 2020

Marty Chavez walked away from Goldman Sachs in late 2019. Now, he’s sitting on the board of artificial intelligence startup Paige. The New York-based firm uses AI to detect, diagnose,…

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Real Estate: Only 16% of Loans to Indian Real Estate is under “Severe Stress,” Says Report
January 14, 2020

Only 16% of Loans to Indian Real Estate is under “Severe Stress,” Says a Report from Anarock Capital. This statistic should be heartening news for beleaguered Indian real estate.

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Venture Capital: Goodyear Launches New Venture Fund at CES 2020
January 14, 2020

Goodyear, one of the world’s largest tire companies, plans to advance the future of mobility with a $100 million venture capital fund. The company announced the fund, dubbed Goodyear Ventures,…

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Alternative Investments: This ETF Copycats Top Hedge Funds and Undercuts Their Fees
January 14, 2020

Launched in December, the iM DBi Hedge Strategy ETF (DBEH) is an actively-managed ETF. Its objective: to match or outperform the largest Global Equity Long/Short hedge funds from the HFR…

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Digital Assets: CME Options on Bitcoin Futures Now Trading
January 14, 2020

CME commenced trading in Bitcoin options on Monday. On the first day of trading, Bitcoin options worth $2.19 million traded on CME. This was ahead of the volume of $1.15…

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Alternative Investments: A Bidding War For Voya Financial May Happen This Year
January 14, 2020

Voya Financial may become a possible takeover target in the coming months, according to the Financial Times. The report indicates that the former ING Group insurance unit and retirement plan…

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Private Equity Merger: Aksia Buys Out TorreyCove Capital Partners
January 14, 2020

New York advisory Aksia will purchase private equity consultancy TorreyCove Capital Partners. The deal will see the two firms marry under the name Aksia. Aksia has specialized in private credit…

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