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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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UBS’ Walsh on ESG: ETFs Can’t Be Subject to A Standard ESG Definition
October 28, 2019

Andrew Walsh is head of passive and ETF specialist sales for UK and Ireland at UBS Asset Management. He gave a pertinent example of the difficulty of applying a standardized,…

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JPMorgan Asset Management Closes $1.06 Billion Special Situations Fund
October 28, 2019

More than half of investors are first-time investors in a J.P. Morgan Alternatives fund. JP Morgan Asset Management closed its Lynstone Special Situations fund. The fund raised $1.06 billion for…

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AT&T Defuses Hedge Fund Elliott Management Pressure With Three-Year Plan
October 28, 2019

Activist hedge fund Elliott Management took aim at AT&T Corporation in September. Elliott had proposed cost cuts, divestment of certain businesses, and a freeze on further acquisitions. Now, the telecom giant…

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Now, Student Loan Refinance, in Minutes, on the Blockchain
October 28, 2019

Mike Cagney founded Figure Technologies uses the blockchain to process transactions on its lending platform. The use of the blockchain allows Figure to function paperless, and that helps to speed…

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AECOM-Canyon Partners Raise $500 Million for Flagship Fund
October 28, 2019

AECOM-Canyon Partners has closed a $500 million fund. The fund is a joint venture between the AECOM and California-based hedge fund Canyon Partners.

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ESG ETF Inflows Increase in September
October 28, 2019

ETFGI, a global research firm, says the uptick in ESG assets continues to accelerate due to booming investor interest. Global environmental, social and governance assets in ETFs and ETPs have…

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SoftBank Group Pumps $655 Million into Greensill Capital
October 28, 2019

Greensill Capital has received a large capital injections from SoftBank Group’s Vision Fund. The tech-focused investment fund gave the eight-year-old financing firm an additional $655 million. Greensill plans to use…

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Melvin: Recapping the Blackstone Earnings Report
October 27, 2019

The Blackstone earnings report is always an important quarterly event. Over my years in the investment business, I have learned to watch what people are doing with their money instead…

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Bitcoin Goes Vertical After Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Pro-Blockchain Remarks
October 26, 2019

Bitcoin rallied 16% after Chinese President Xi Jinping called for his country to “seize the opportunity” afforded by blockchain. Speaking at a Politburo Committee session on blockchain technology trends Thursday,…

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The Cost of Fisher’s Foot-in-Mouth: $2.6 Billion
October 25, 2019

Investors in Fisher Investments are heading for the exits after Ken Fisher’s lewd comments at a conference earlier this month. The Employees Retirement System of Texas became the latest in…

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