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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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Alternative Investments: CalPERS May Foray Into Private Debt
January 10, 2020

CalPERS, the largest pension fund in the country, may invest in private debt to boost returns. The fund may also change its investment policy on private debt on the initiative…

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The DailyAlts Playbook – “Clown Airplanes”, Russian and Chinese-focused funds, AQR staff cuts, and Brexit Beginnings – January 10, 2020
January 10, 2020

Today, the DailyAlts Playbook talks “Clown Airplanes”, Russian and Chinese-focused funds, AQR staff cuts, Brexit Beginnings, and an offer for our new readers.

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Alternative Investments: Venture Capital Joins PE in Solar Development – Mercom Capital Group Report
January 10, 2020

Mercom Capital Group reported that corporate funding for solar development topped $11.7 billion in 2019. That figure represented a sharp increase of more than 20% from the previous year. The…

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CrunchBase: VC Deal Volume in 2019 Doesn’t Quite Match 2018
January 10, 2020

CrunchBase says that between 2010 and 2019, roughly $1.5 trillion spilled into VC deals. The bulk of that figure came from an acceleration of deal-making over the last few years, the…

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Artificial Intelligence: AI Can Detect Brain Cancer In Minutes With Patient Lying on The Operating Table
January 9, 2020

A new optical imaging technique used together with an artificial intelligence (or AI) algorithm accurately diagnoses the presence, or otherwise, of a brain tumor in under two minutes. New research…

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Private Equity: Manulife Investment Management Closes $1.5 Billion PE Fund
January 9, 2020

Manulife Investment Management has closed $1.5 billion in commitments for a new fund, Manulife Private Equity Partners (MPEP). MPEP is the company’s first fund-of-funds product. It is part of the…

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Private Equity: Insight Partners To Buy Cloud Giant Veeam in $5 Billion Deal
January 9, 2020

Insight Partners announced plans to purchase Swiss data management firm Veeam Software. The private equity shop plans to purchase the company for $5 billion. Insight will make the purchase about…

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Private Equity: Shoreline’s Inaugural Private Equity Fund Raises $300 Million
January 9, 2020

Private equity firm Shoreline Equity Partners, LLC began raising funds for its maiden buyout fund in March. It announced Tuesday the final closure of the fund at its hard cap…

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Artificial Intelligence: Facebook Bans Deepfake Videos… Advocates Worry
January 9, 2020

Social media firm Facebook announced that it has banned “deepfake” videos from their platform. These altered videos – typically incorporating AI – appear that people are doing or saying something…

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Hedge Funds: AQR Capital is Cutting Staff… “It’s Carnage”
January 9, 2020

AQR Capital has $186 billion under management. Its $2.1 billion Style Premia Alternative Fund lost 8.2% in 2019. And now, the company is cutting its staff for the second straight…

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