Category: Information Services

Technology Platform Companies Include More Than The Usual Suspects

Technology Platform Companies Include More Than The Usual Suspects

Technology platform companies include more than Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft. We contemplate a few FinTech platform companies below. PayPal (ticker: PYPL): A "Payments" platform company that re-invented itself by acquiring another payments company - Venmo - that was built on top of another platform company - Facebook. The architect that drove PYPL's strategy … Continue reading Technology Platform Companies Include More Than The Usual Suspects

The Fed’s Digital Dollar Will Remake The Capital Markets

The Fed’s Digital Dollar Will Remake The Capital Markets

From instant trade settlement, to real-time AML transparency and reporting, the Fed's CBDC / "Digital Dollar" will drive efficiency, enhance transparency and reduce privacy. "We are the Federal Reserve and we are here to help" (translation: run for cover). The Federal Reserve will have rolled out its CBDC - the Digital Dollar - by 2025 … Continue reading The Fed’s Digital Dollar Will Remake The Capital Markets

Insurance M&A Will Drive InsurTech M&A

Insurance M&A Will Drive InsurTech M&A

We expect that Claims Processing technology providers will merge with one another (P&C with Health & Life) as well as with Policy Administration technology providers to better serve insurance company customers as insurance M&A continues its rapid pace (See the Chubb / Cigna A&H deal HERE). One hypothetical M&A example would be Solera (P&C) merging … Continue reading Insurance M&A Will Drive InsurTech M&A

Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren Announces He Will Retire Sept. 30

Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren Announces He Will Retire Sept. 30

We recently wrote that it was outrageous for Fed officials to have traded equities as the Fed was doing deals with corporate issuers in 2020. One of the offenders - Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren - has been dealt with. The other direct offender was Dallas Fed President Robert Steven Kaplan. Frankly, Chairman Powell ought … Continue reading Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren Announces He Will Retire Sept. 30

Automating The IPO Process

Automating The IPO Process

Founded in 2017, Capital Markets Gateway ("CMG") is working to automate the IPO process, an effort that is long overdue. CMG was highlighted in today's WSJ. The firm's platform aggregates data from issuers, underwriters and investors and provides real-time information and analytics to users that otherwise would be aggregated, error checked and tabulated by hand. … Continue reading Automating The IPO Process

Muted Real GDP Provides The Fed With Excuse Not To Taper. Stick To Quality.

Muted Real GDP Provides The Fed With Excuse Not To Taper. Stick To Quality.

The Atlanta Fed's GDPNow estimate of 3.6% real GDP for Q3, down from 3.7% a week earlier provides the Fed with the narrative necessary to not taper MBS asset purchases (currently approximately $40 billion per month), nor Treasury purchases (approximately $80 billion per month). Investors ought to stick to quality names. In the face of … Continue reading Muted Real GDP Provides The Fed With Excuse Not To Taper. Stick To Quality.

Is State Street Lost At Sea?

Is State Street Lost At Sea?

If reports are true State Street has lost its way. If State Street (ticker: STT), CEO Ron O'Hanley truly hired Goldman Sachs to help he and the Board think through corporate strategy the company is toast. Any CEO who trusts his company to outsiders has lost his way. Did State Street truly need Goldman Sachs … Continue reading Is State Street Lost At Sea?

Google To Dissolve Google Health

Google To Dissolve Google Health

Google Health's CEO is to become Cerner's CEO. Google will allocate its Health projects to different parts of the organization. This wreaks of government interference. Cerner and Epic are two prime examples of large, established Healthcare IT players that should have been acquired by some combination of Amazon, Apple, Google or Microsoft by now. The … Continue reading Google To Dissolve Google Health

NASDAQ Is Social Engineering Boards

NASDAQ Is Social Engineering Boards

NASDAQ's (ticker: NDAQ), Board diversity proposal is one that puts gender and race ahead of meritocracy. Why should someone's gender or race matter regarding Board selection? Also, why should Board member race and gender be tracked and reported? Where does a prospective Board member's career experience fit into this equation? A Board member candidate's reputation … Continue reading NASDAQ Is Social Engineering Boards