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?
TikTok Gains, Facebook Loses and Don't Forget YouTube Some highlights (click here to download table): Snapchat has lost popularity among teens since 2018.TikTok has become the leading social media platform among teens.Instagram has lost share among teens since 2019.Twitter and Facebook were the biggest losers among teens (2012-2020).YouTube was not part of the survey yet … Continue reading Most Popular Social Networks Among Teens
FOMO is stronger than ever given social media, the 24-hour news cycle and various fintech apps that facilitate equity trading. FOMO ("Fear Of Missing Out"), is stronger than ever, especially among the retail trading community. Retail traders are flush with cash coming off of 2020's Federal Government issued checks and enhanced unemployment benefits. Technology has … Continue reading FOMO Is Stronger Than Ever
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
We highlight the example of Amazon's AWS unit leveraging Snowflake - a competitor and partner - to drive AWS revenue. Tickers mentioned: AMZN, GOOG, MSFT, SNOW. Snowflake makes a living providing cloud-based Data & Analytics tools to data scientists and analysts. Snowflake's offerings sit on top of AWS, Azure and GCP. Certain of its offerings … Continue reading Leveraging Competitors To Drive Your Revenue
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
The CEORater "Quality" Portfolio is an experiment which we began running at the end of 2018. The portfolio consists of a mix of Software, Information Services and Fintech companies, half of which are led by founder CEOs (we generally prefer founder CEOs). The question the experiment sought to answer was "How would a basket of … Continue reading CEORater “Quality” Portfolio Outperformed in 2020
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