Tag: Fintech

The CEORater CEO Hall of Fame Class of 2020

The CEORater CEO Hall of Fame Class of 2020

For our inaugural CEO Hall of Fame class we selected CEO Hall of Fame members largely based upon their contribution toward building their respective companies as well as creating long-term shareholder value. Our selection process included a variety of quantitative and qualitative elements including financial operating performance, total stock returns, longevity, innovation, corporate governance and … Continue reading The CEORater CEO Hall of Fame Class of 2020

Consolidation Will Not Save Asset Managers

Consolidation Will Not Save Asset Managers

Mass Mutual and Athene made a bid for American Equity Investment Life. Activist Trian took stakes in Invesco and Janus in an effort to build one of the largest Asset Managers. M&A is a quick way to scale AUM, but it does not change the paradigm for legacy Asset Managers. Legacy Asset Managers (and depository … Continue reading Consolidation Will Not Save Asset Managers

Capital Markets FinTech Update<span class="badge-status" style="background:red">Premium</span> 

Capital Markets FinTech UpdatePremium 

In the midst of the most exuberant Tech bubble in history we offer an alternative. We have updated our list of FinTech names, some of which are reasonably valued. Click on the thumbnail below to access the table in large format. Subscribers may access the table in spreadsheet format behind the paywall ($19.99). Click on … Continue reading Capital Markets FinTech UpdatePremium 

Insurers as Acquirers and TEK2day’s “On-Demand CAO” Service

Insurers as Acquirers and TEK2day’s “On-Demand CAO” Service

We believe large insurance carriers could bolster their valuations by taking equity stakes in leading InsurTech, AutoTech, PropTech, HealthIT, FinTech and CyberSecurity companies. Sound too ambitious? Sounds rational to us. First, an announcement: We have launched a new Data & Analytics advisory service - "On-Demand CAO" - which is primarily geared to mid-market insurance carriers. … Continue reading Insurers as Acquirers and TEK2day’s “On-Demand CAO” Service

The Mortgage Processing Market Is A Riddle Best Solved by FinTech Companies

The Mortgage Processing Market Is A Riddle Best Solved by FinTech Companies

Intercontinental Exchange (ticker: ICE) recently announced that it agreed to acquire Ellie Mae from Thoma Bravo for approximately $11 billion. It makes sense that a large FinTech company is working to drive automation across the mortgage processing landscape. Ellie Mae will nicely augment Intercontinental's 2018 acquisition of MERSCORP. MERSCORP operates the MERS System, a national … Continue reading The Mortgage Processing Market Is A Riddle Best Solved by FinTech Companies

Explosive Mobile Data Traffic Growth & New Use Cases

Explosive Mobile Data Traffic Growth & New Use Cases

Ericsson forecasts a five-fold increase in mobile data traffic from year-end 2019 (approximately 33 Exabytes consumed per month) through 2025 (approximately 164 Exabytes consumed per month). This does not include wireless data traffic. New protocols (5G), new services (AR/VR, streaming, work-from-home, remote medicine), and consumer connected device growth will help drive this trend. Phones today … Continue reading Explosive Mobile Data Traffic Growth & New Use Cases

TINA, ZIRP, The Future & The Retail Investor

TINA, ZIRP, The Future & The Retail Investor

Investors have lost their minds when it comes to high-flying stocks such as Tesla (TSLA, up 830% over 13 months), Shopify (SHOP, up 210% over 4 months), DataDog (DDOG, up 220% since the March lows), and many other names where valuations are based on anything but the fundamentals. Why? There Is No Alternative (TINA): The … Continue reading TINA, ZIRP, The Future & The Retail Investor

Long-Term Bullish On RIA/Private Client/Trust Investment Services

Long-Term Bullish On RIA/Private Client/Trust Investment Services

I traded text messages with a friend who is contemplating a Chief Investment Officer role with a large RIA firm. Increasingly it seems Portfolio Managers who spent much of their career working for large, long-only investment managers are looking for a change to where they can operate with more flexibility and creativity. The RIA/Private Client/Trust … Continue reading Long-Term Bullish On RIA/Private Client/Trust Investment Services

There Is No Substitute For In-Person Due Diligence

There Is No Substitute For In-Person Due Diligence

This week Wirecard announced that EUR 1.9 billion of cash is missing. A trip to the company's profit center would have spared investors from suffering a major headache and major losses. The Financial Times put forth a detailed case about Wirecard's red flag-waving accounting practices in its October 2019 article: "Wirecard’s suspect accounting practices revealed," … Continue reading There Is No Substitute For In-Person Due Diligence

The Rise of Fractional Share Trading

The Rise of Fractional Share Trading

Robinhood (pvt.), Fidelity (pvt.), Schwab (tkr: SCHW), SoFi (pvt.) and Square (tkr: SQ) each have fractional share investment offerings. Fractional shares enable investors to purchase one U.S. Dollar's worth of a given equity ($5 in Schwab's case), rather than a full single share. For example, investors may purchase $1 worth of Amazon (tkr: AMZN) rather … Continue reading The Rise of Fractional Share Trading