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Square, PayPal, and Apple Will Dominate A Digital Currency World

Square, PayPal, and Apple Will Dominate A Digital Currency World

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

Back To The Office Will Look Different Compared To 2019

Back To The Office Will Look Different Compared To 2019

Director & Officer ("D&O") insurance premiums spiked and coverage narrowed last year as a result of COVID-19. As vaccinations are distributed COVID-related underwriting risk will begin to soften which will be reflected in lower premiums and broader coverage. All of this is to say do not expect every mid-to-large-sized company to be fully back to … Continue reading Back To The Office Will Look Different Compared To 2019

Banks Need To Try Something New

Banks Need To Try Something New

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

Artificial Intelligence Is Electricity 2.0

Artificial Intelligence Is Electricity 2.0

AWS, Azure and GCP are to thank in large part for the proliferation of applications powered by broadly-defined AI. The big three remote server platforms have made it increasingly easy for companies of all sizes from all industries to build applications that incorporate core AI, machine learning, deep learning and related capabilities. A wide variety … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence Is Electricity 2.0

Square’s Cash App Has A Fraud Problem

Square’s Cash App Has A Fraud Problem

We compared a number of Fintech apps in the Google Play Store. Square's Cash App ranked #7 (See our analysis for Fintech rankings). Venmo failed to rank in the top 600. Recent Cash App user reviews from the same Google Play Store analysis suggest Cash App is frequently hacked. View our analysis by clicking the … Continue reading Square’s Cash App Has A Fraud Problem

Banks Should Acquire FinTech Companies

Banks Should Acquire FinTech Companies

Large Financial Institutions should acquire FinTech companies. Doing so would enable FI's to diversify beyond the depositary services business which will continue to suffer in a prolonged low interest rate environment. We won't lay out the entire FinTech ecosystem, but here are several examples. Capital Markets: FactSet (tkr: FDS) and SS&C Technologies (tkr: SSNC). FactSet … Continue reading Banks Should Acquire FinTech Companies

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

The Market Is Upside Down

The Market Is Upside Down

We are due for an equity market shakeout. The NASDAQ is up 450% since January 2009. The 26% spike in the NASDAQ from October 2019 to February 2020 on a lack of supporting fundamentals is like nothing I've ever seen. By late March we had traded down 30% from February's high yet we have gained … Continue reading The Market Is Upside Down

Why Does Jes Staley Remain Barclays CEO?

Why Does Jes Staley Remain Barclays CEO?

Lost amidst the drama around Jes Staley's ties to convicted (deceased) sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is Staley's poor performance as Barclays CEO. This speaks to Barclays' weak Board of Directors and lack of corporate governance. One need look no further than the numbers. Barclays has under-performed during Staley's tenure. Staley was groomed by JP Morgan … Continue reading Why Does Jes Staley Remain Barclays CEO?