Facebook imagines a future in which consumers will pay for online and offline services with its cryptocurrency - Libra. Our view is that Libra will eventually enjoy broad adoption. The cryptocurrency floodgates are open, it’s primarily a question as to how Libra and others will be regulated. Regulation boils down to the size of the … Continue reading Facebook Calibra and Libra.
Innovation is the Mother of Disruption Global Payments (tkr: GPN), and Total System Services/TSYS (tkr: TSS), agreed to combine in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $21.5 billion. One could argue that Global Payments and TSYS needed to merge to better compete with recent payment mergers, in particular Fiserv and First Data. However, what's the … Continue reading More Payments M&A Is A Reaction to A Shifting Landscape
We've tested a number of the P2P apps over the past several weeks and believe Venmo has the best-in-class user experience. A software executive warned me many years ago: "Don't underestimate the power of the GUI" ("GUI": Graphical User Interface). Venmo's near frictionless user experience combined with Facebook's social features give the application a "leg … Continue reading Social Payments or P2P on Steroids
We sifted through TSYS' recent 2018 U.S. Consumer Payments Study and extracted the highlights. You may view the slides below in PDF form by clicking HERE. To read the full report click HERE.
When speaking or writing about Apple we have spent much of the past 18 months beating up on the iPhone. Yesterday's "Apple Event" didn't engender confidence in the firm's content strategy. Anchored by a curated, walled garden approach, Apple's strategy seems mired in the early 2000's at a time when young people have migrated to … Continue reading Apple’s Strategy – The Good, The Bad & The RetroPremium
FIS to Acquire Worldpay for approximately $43 Billion (enterprise value). This deal comes on the heels of the recently announced Fiserv acquisition of First Data. The FinTech M&A spree is approximately two years old at this juncture. So what gives? We went through this exercise a couple of weeks ago with a buyside friend. While … Continue reading The FinTech Consolidation Wave Continues. Incumbents Fear the Mobile Wallet.
JPM has the largest technology budget of any FI having invested approximately $11 billion in technology during 2018 with approximately $5 billion allocated toward new technology investments. This investment level is substantially larger than the new product development/ R&D investment levels of certain well known Fintech players. However, the numbers do not tell a complete … Continue reading JP Morgan vs. Fintech ThreatsPremium
Wall Street Journal article: CME Group aims to launch futures contract by the end of the year, in big endorsement of digital currency from WSJ: "Bitcoin is moving from the margins of the financial world closer to its center. CME Group Inc., CME 0.78% the world’s biggest exchange group, said Tuesday it aims to launch … Continue reading Bitcoin Tsunami
Several weeks after publishing our podcast episode, Amex CEO Ken Chenault announced he was stepping down. Not a moment too soon in our view. Amex is not innovating and Financial Services and FinTech is an Innovator's Game. Listen to TEK2day Podcast Episode 35.