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
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
Tickers mentioned: AAPL AMZN FB GOOG PYPL SNAP TTD TWTR Google is flexing its online advertising muscles. The company will eliminate third-party advertising cookies and will not replace them with technologies that make it possible to track individual users across the Internet. Google and other Technology giants control the most eyeballs and will continue to … Continue reading Google Flexes Its Online Advertising Muscles. Big Fish Get Bigger.
Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft each grew headcount in 2020 with all but Alphabet accelerating headcount growth. Big Tech has a hunger for software engineers, architects, designers and data scientists. These skilled employees are working to scale sophisticated cloud platforms, applications and services that increasingly leverage advanced automation and analytics powered by artificial intelligence/ … Continue reading Big Tech’s Hunger For Talent
Last night it was reported that M&T Bank (tkr: MTB) would acquire People's United (tkr: PBCT) for more than $7 billion. These "scale" acquisitions between regional banks simply delay the inevitable. What is required is the hard work of evolving business models and service delivery capabilities. More of the same won't suffice. Regional banks are … Continue reading Banks Need To Try Something New
Fiserv (tkr: FISV), FIS (tkr: FIS) and Global Payments (tkr: GPN) need to re-tool their product and service portfolios to better compete with modern Fintech platforms such as Square (tkr: SQ), PayPal/Venmo (tkr: PYPL), Stripe (private) and others. Tech giants Alphabet (tkr: GOOGL), Amazon (tkr: AMZN) and Apple (tkr: AAPL) also loom large in the … Continue reading What’s Next for Fiserv, FIS and Global Payments?
A Big Tech vs. Big Government showdown is far less likely than a marriage of the titans. Whether it be Google's search monopoly, the Facebook/ Twitter/ TikTok social media oligopoly, the AWS/ Azure/ GCP oligopoly, the App Store/ Google Play duopoly, or the iOS/Android duopoly, the amount of power and influence concentrated among the world's … Continue reading The Marriage of Big Tech and Big Government
Cerner, Epic, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce and more will spearhead the Vaccination Passport. Tickers mentioned: AAPL, AMZN, CERN, CHNG/UNH, CRM, FB, GOOG, MSFT, ORCL, RAMP One could argue that we already have National ID cards. Our digital footprint serves as a unique identifier and is easy to aggregate using cross-device tracking technology served up by Google, … Continue reading A Vaccination Passport Is Coming. Digital Currency and A National ID Card Are Next.
There is a difference between truly Autonomous Vehicles - those qualified to operate without a driver - and ancillary technologies such as driver assist. Below we provide detail about where various Auto OEMs are in their Autonomous evolution as measured by Autonomous Vehicle permits held in the state of California. (For those who receive our … Continue reading Autonomous Vehicle Permits in CA
Apple CEO in-waiting Jeff Williams is a Tim Cook clone. We argue that Apple's next Chief Executive ought to be a risk-taking, product-focused CEO that conducts him/herself with a sense of urgency to drive Product & Services growth. Another caretaker CEO would be less than optimal. Companies mentioned: Alphabet (GOOG), Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Cerner … Continue reading Apple’s Next CEO Ought To Be An Innovator