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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: Swiss President Says That Facebook’s Libra Has Failed
December 30, 2019

Switzerland president Ueli Maurer took a swipe at the Facebook Libra project as he prepares to walk out the door. The nation’s finance minister and the outgoing president called for…

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Kennedy Wilson Raises $775 Millon for New Real Estate Fund
December 27, 2019

Kennedy Wilson has locked up $775 million for a new fund. The Beverly Hills-based firm closed fundraising of the Kennedy Wilson Real Estate Fund. The real estate investment firm’s new…

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Venture Capital Firms Look for ClassPass to Hit $1 Billion Valuation
December 27, 2019

ClassPass could hit a $1 billion valuation, according to Reuters. A new report reveals that the fitness subscription app aims to raise another $285 million.

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First Eagle Investment Management to Purchase THL Credit
December 27, 2019

First Eagle Investment Management with acquire THL Credit, an alternative credit manager with approximately $17 billion in assets under management. The deal will likely close in the first quarter, according…

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Digital Assets: The YouTube-Vs.-Crypto Standoff Ends Happily Ever After
December 27, 2019

YouTube pushed crypto-channel owners into hiding. Now its admitted to an error. It will reinstate videos and resolve strikes.

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Alternative Investments: America’s Student Loan Debt in 2019 Hits New Record
December 27, 2019

A college degree is no longer a tool; it’s a luxury available to the rich About 45 million people in the US are being crushed under the weight of federal…

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Private Equity: KKR Earns 5X on Divestment of Locomotive Leasing Company
December 27, 2019

Infrastructure investments can deliver solid returns judging from private equity giant KKR’s sale of European Locomotive Leasing (ELL) last week. ELL is a leading provider of electric locomotive leasing solutions…

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Digital Assets: Chinese Stock Exchange Sets Up Blockchain Index
December 27, 2019

China’s tech-heavy bourse, the Shenzen Stock Exchange, announced December 24 its introduction of an index to track the performance of China’s top 50 blockchain companies including startups. According to a…

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Alternative Investments: Now, BlackRock, Temasek in Chinese Wealth Management JV
December 26, 2019

Global asset manager BlackRock and sovereign wealth fund Temasek are making a beeline for the vast opportunities opening up in the Land of the Red Dragon. Chinese regulations now allow…

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Alberta Investment Management Joins KKR in Canadian Pipeline Deal
December 26, 2019

Alberta Investment Management is linking up with private equity giant KKR to purchase a big stake in TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline. The Canadian pipeline project is part of a…

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