Category: Financial Services

TEK2day Podcast #419: Guests Ken Bisconti and Bob Petrocchi – Co-Heads SS&C Intralinks

TEK2day Podcast #419: Guests Ken Bisconti and Bob Petrocchi – Co-Heads SS&C Intralinks

We had a conversation with Ken Bisconti and Bob Petrocchi who together co-lead Intralinks, an SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC) company. Intralinks is perhaps best known for its Virtual Data Room offering - "VDRPro" - part of a larger product portfolio that customers primarily use to securely manage M&A and related transactions. We covered a variety … Continue reading TEK2day Podcast #419: Guests Ken Bisconti and Bob Petrocchi – Co-Heads SS&C Intralinks

Legacy Technology Is Dragging On Amex & PayPal

Legacy Technology Is Dragging On Amex & PayPal

Both Amex (AXP) and PayPal (PYPL) are disadvantaged by legacy systems. This is not news to anyone who has worked with Amex or PayPal as a service provider. Management of each company is likely to continue to sweep the problem under the rug out of fear of disappointing Wall Street in the near-term (it is … Continue reading Legacy Technology Is Dragging On Amex & PayPal

Broadridge’s Acquisition of Itiviti. Nothing Is Cheap.

Broadridge’s Acquisition of Itiviti. Nothing Is Cheap.

Earlier this week Broadridge (BR) agreed to acquire trading platform Itiviti for $2.5 Billion in an all cash deal from PE firm Nordic Capital. This demonstrates that growth is valued at a premium as it values Itiviti at approximately 34x 2020 Non-GAAP Operating Income and 10x 2020 Revenue. Itiviti is growing organic revenues faster than … Continue reading Broadridge’s Acquisition of Itiviti. Nothing Is Cheap.

Square, PayPal, and Apple Will Dominate A Digital Currency World

Square, PayPal, and Apple Will Dominate A Digital Currency World

A digital currency world is coming. The 2022 Beijing Olympics will operate via a digital RMB for local attendees and may include digital cross-border payments as well. Our Federal Reserve is experimenting with digital currency. Both Fed Chair Powell and Treasury Secretary Yellen have talked down Bitcoin and said the U.S. will move slowly with … Continue reading Square, PayPal, and Apple Will Dominate A Digital Currency World

A Breakdown of Biden’s $2.3 Trillion Green New Deal

A Breakdown of Biden’s $2.3 Trillion Green New Deal

If you believe that the Federal Government is an efficient capital allocator you will love Biden's "infrastructure" spending program. Similarly, if you are a "GreenTech" executive or entrepreneur, this massive spending program is shaping up to provide a long-term tail wind. Government officials will have trillions of newly printed capital to play with. Slim chance … Continue reading A Breakdown of Biden’s $2.3 Trillion Green New Deal

The Ugliest Chart I Have Ever Seen

The Ugliest Chart I Have Ever Seen

With the Money Supply (M1) up 358% since January 2020 (as of February 2021), there is simply zero percent probability that prices are not going higher. A 3-4x increase in M1 ought to inflate prices by a similar multiple. Most of the recent $1.9 Trillion (the actual cost will be higher), COVID spending program was … Continue reading The Ugliest Chart I Have Ever Seen

The Fed’s Options To Fight Inflation Are Limited

The Fed’s Options To Fight Inflation Are Limited

The Federal Reserve has two primary tools that it may use to fight inflation: halting the printing press and raising interest rates. The first option is unlikely given Treasury Chief Yellen and Fed Chief Powell are operating in lock step. The Fed is limited in its use of the second option. If the Fed were … Continue reading The Fed’s Options To Fight Inflation Are Limited

Investors Will Be Left Holding The Bag When The SPAC Party Ends

Investors Will Be Left Holding The Bag When The SPAC Party Ends

SPACs simply are not investor-friendly. Never mind that SPAC sponsors collect a 20% fee. Most of the 2020-2021 SPAC class consists of CEOs that are not public market-ready nor are their companies. Most SPAC companies are venture-stage companies masquerading as seasoned public companies. Many are pre-revenue or at the early stages of revenue generation (profits … Continue reading Investors Will Be Left Holding The Bag When The SPAC Party Ends

Technology Is Running Circles Around Financial Regulators

Technology Is Running Circles Around Financial Regulators

The SEC Needs To Step Up Its Enforcement Game. Political Pressure Is Focused Elsewhere. Private, decentralized messaging platforms where user IDs are not tied to real world identities make it possible for public company executives to discretely disclose non-public information with select investors. Discord is one such example. It will be interesting to observe the … Continue reading Technology Is Running Circles Around Financial Regulators

Back To The Office Will Look Different Compared To 2019

Back To The Office Will Look Different Compared To 2019

Director & Officer ("D&O") insurance premiums spiked and coverage narrowed last year as a result of COVID-19. As vaccinations are distributed COVID-related underwriting risk will begin to soften which will be reflected in lower premiums and broader coverage. All of this is to say do not expect every mid-to-large-sized company to be fully back to … Continue reading Back To The Office Will Look Different Compared To 2019