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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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Private Equity Giant Apollo Global Management-Backed Airline to Fuel Amazon Shipping
December 19, 2019

Sun Country Airlines is steaming up with Amazon.com to boost its package-delivery business. The low-cost airline – based in Minneapolis – will fly 10 Boeing 737s during the second quarter…

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Digital Assets: The ESCB has Proof-of-Concept of Anonymous Digital Currency
December 19, 2019

An ECB-coordinated project, conducted by the European System of Central Banks (ESCB), has established a proof of concept (PoC) for anonymity in digital cash, reports COINTELEGRAPH. The experiment does not…

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The Saudi Arabia Sovereign Wealth Fund Launches Fund of Funds Company
December 18, 2019

The Saudi Arabia Sovereign Wealth Fund has launched its own fund of funds firm. The Public Investment Fund will put 4 billion riyal – or $1.07 billion – forward to…

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Sun Life Financial Takes Big Stake in Real Estate Manager
December 18, 2019

Sun Life Financial and its alternative asset management arm just received a boost. Sun Life announced it plans to purchase an 80% stake in the infrastructure and real estate investment…

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Digital Assets: Fidelity Digital Assets Floats UK Arm to Sell Crypto Services
December 18, 2019

Fidelity Digital Assets has branched out across the Atlantic and incorporated its UK arm on December 16. The UK office will offer crypto services to European businesses, hedge funds, and…

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Venture Capital: Despite Negative Publicity, VC is Alive and Well
December 18, 2019

Despite the negative publicity surrounding it in recent months, venture capital is quite well, thank you. There was doom-and-gloom all around in the venture capital industry after the failed WeWork…

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Alternative Investments: Japanese Corporations Unlocking Value; ETFs to Buy
December 18, 2019

A Nikkei Quick survey showed that the percentage of Japanese companies that thought their shares were undervalued hit a high of 67% in 2019. This was the highest level since…

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Activist Update: Carl Icahn Sued by Xerox Investor Over Alleged Insider Trading
December 18, 2019

Shareholder activist Carl Icahn is in the dock for alleged insider trading when he bought a chunk of HP stock worth $ 1.2 billion. According to the Miami Firefighter Relief…

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Intel Scoops Up Israeli Artificial Intelligence Firm for $2 Billion
December 18, 2019

Intel Corporation has acquired Habana Labs for $2 billion. Habana Labs is an Israel-based developer of programmable deep learning accelerators for data centers. The deal will deepen Intel’s artificial intelligence…

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Alternative Investments: Bank of England Weighing Redemption Rejig for Open-Ended Funds
December 18, 2019

The Bank of England considers the liquidity mismatch in open-ended funds a potential “systemic risk.” After the recent debacles in the Woodford Equity Income Fund and M&G Investments property fund,…

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