One of the reasons why I believe this bull market of the past year is fragile outside of the Fed's loose monetary policy is the amount of gimmicks I see at play - crypto currencies (where is the inherent value?), NFTs and SPACs to name several. One gimmick category we have yet to cover in … Continue reading AI-Managed Momentum ETFs
A one-size fits all approach to WFH policies will not work. CEOs and Executive Management teams must shape WFH policy based on corporate culture. Some companies such as Automattic (WordPress owner) have operated in a 100% remote work environment since their founding (Automattic founded in 2005). Other companies perform better when employees share a physical … Continue reading Work From Home Policy Is A Question of Company Culture
Many investors are aware of disruptive FinTech companies such as Apple Pay, Amazon Pay, Betterment, PayPal, Robinhood, Square and Stripe to name a few. These companies are disrupting the legacy FinTech landscape as well as traditional Banks in the pursuit of customers, deposits and payment volume. There is a new disruptive FinTech organization in town … Continue reading Bank & FinTech Consolidation to Continue. Central Banks as Disruptors.
Below are the most viewed CEOs on our CEORater platform from June 1st 2020 through June 1st 2021. The first table is a downloadable image file with the top 20 CEOs ranked by number of pageviews on CEORater.com. The second table is an interactive version - it provides direct links to the CEORater Profile for … Continue reading Most Viewed CEOs on CEORater
Since last year we have held the view that the retail investor has piled into the riskiest assets whether they be cryptocurrencies or profitless, high-multiple Technology stocks. This retail phenomenon was powered in large part by Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation benefits (part of the CARES Act), which drew a new investor class into the market. … Continue reading What Will Happen to Crypto & Risk Assets When COVID Unemployment Benefits Expire?
Based on the inbound traffic to our CEORater and TEK2day properties our best guess is that M&A due diligence is taking place for a deal between some combination of Fiserv (FISV), FIS Global (FIS) and Global Payments (GPN). The last time we saw this type of activity on our platform was in the several months … Continue reading Deals Brewing Based On CEORater and TEK2day Traffic?
Technology companies such as Stripe, FactSet and thousands of others make certain of their offerings available via APIs. Stripe was founded as an "API" company, simplifying the back-end infrastructure of the payments industry. If your company is new to making various data elements and tools available to customers and partners via APIs, understanding the Market … Continue reading When New To APIs, Which Data Services To Expose First?
A U.S. CBDC Means Less Privacy for Americans, More Competition for Banks, End of Days for Crypto. (Tickers mentioned: JPM, BAC, WFC) On Thursday Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell made a statement about the Fed's progress in exploring a U.S. CBDC ("Central Bank Digital Currency", see the below video). Powell assured viewers that a U.S. … Continue reading A Digital Dollar Is Coming
PayPal recently announced that it is moving core applications to Google Cloud. The PayPal Google Cloud relationship is not new (read more here). However, what is interesting to us is that Bill Ready (Google Commerce leader having joined Google in January 2020) is PayPal's former COO. Further, Google Commerce could use a boost in its … Continue reading PayPal’s Google Cloud Relationship Could Foreshadow A Future Deal
One news item that caught our eye this week was that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (a division of Treasury) wants banks to extend credit to those who lack credit history. Banks plan to share some consumer data with each other in order to build enough history to justify extending credit. Smells … Continue reading Treasury Wants More Consumer Spending