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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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ESG: The SEC’s Scrutiny of ESG Investing Could Be a Blessing, Say Advisers
January 7, 2020

According to the Wall Street Journal, regulators are questioning the methodologies and criteria for the selection of companies by funds that tout ESG portfolios. ESG is an acronym for environmental-social-and…

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The DailyAlts Playbook: January 7, 2020
January 7, 2020

Today, the DailyAlts Playbook talks pension allocations in 2020, the cost of Carlos’ freedom, Blackstone Group’s 2020 Surprises, and a ridiculous valuation for TopGolf.

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Artificial Intelligence: Using Augmented Reality (AR) to Record the Skills of Retiring Workers For Posterity
January 7, 2020

Could the skills of retiring workers be lost before the next generation learns from them? That danger no longer exists with developing technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial…

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Real Estate: Could Manufactured Homes Help Solve America’s Affordable Housing Crisis?
January 7, 2020

The country’s entire annual shortage of 300,000 homes is for low- and middle-priced housing. Manufactured homes in blue-collar communities may alleviate the severe housing shortage for America’s working population. Consider…

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FinTech: Ripple Targets SWIFT in Brazil
January 6, 2020

Ripple targets SWIFT in Brazil and wants to make inroads into Brazil’s remittances market.

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Real Estate: M&G Continues Suspension of Its Real Estate Fund
January 6, 2020

M&G – the British insurer and asset manager – plans to continue the suspension of its 2.5 billion-pound property funds. The company made the announcement after it sold 70.4 million…

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Pershing Square Capital Finishes 2019 Up 58.1%
January 6, 2020

Pershing Square 2019 performance came in at 58.1%. The huge windfall comes after four straight years of losses. That return was also double the return of the S&P 500. In…

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Byron Wien And Joe Zidle Release Their Ten Surprises for 2020
January 6, 2020

Byron Wien, Vice Chairman of Blackstone Group, and Joe Zidle, Chief Investment Strategist in the Private Wealth Solutions group, released a list of “Ten Surprises for 2020.”

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Hedge Fund Marshall Wace is Shorting Denmark’s Largest Lender
January 6, 2020

Marshall Wace has taken a short position against Danske Bank. The Danish FSA said that the firm has a short position that reaches the threshold of 0.5% of issued shares. 

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Tim Melvin: Expectations for REITs in 2020
January 6, 2020

NAREIT – the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts — explored REITs’ strong 2019 performance and linked the sector’s success to a bounceback from 2018’s lackluster performance.  Last week’s…

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