This week was officially deemed “fintech week” in New York. However, we think every week in New York should be financial innovation week. Here’s what’s caught our attention: Robinhood is no myth, Enterprise fintech on fire in the Big Apple, New issue mania is back, White papers from Morgan Stanley, Oliver Wyman and Accenture, OCC’s fintech charter isn’t a done deal, Company of Note: eSignatureGuarantee (Bringing unsexy back).
We’re on an extended Spring Break this week, but as promised, we didn’t want to leave you high and dry. If you are on Spring Break or could just use a break from our article heavy format, we invite you to listen to the selection of podcasts that we’ve been gathering. Next week, we’ll be back in the saddle with a regular edition.
Even financial revolutionists need a break now again. As such, we are taking a respite from our current format to bring you a special edition (our 76th no less) to highlight FinTech Sandbox. The FR is proud to be a sponsor of its upcoming Demo Day on April 20th that will take place at Fidelity’s office in Boston. In the meantime, here’s what’s on our Sam Adams tap: FinTech Sandbox: Who are these Beantowners?, A follow-up with John Fawcett, Quantopian’s chief and FinTech Sandbox executive board member, The new revolutionaries
Robin Williams once said that Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party.” We like that approach, so come and have some fun with us as we examine the week in financial innovation: AlphaSense’s Jack Kokko paints a brightening picture for active managers, Jamie Dimon’s new fintech laden missive, Voice vs. finger biometrics, fintech financings, the rise of Tor, Fintech M&A two-ways, community banks are innovating too, Company of Note: Income&
A very happy March 32nd, which is otherwise known as April Fool’s Day. In between your pranks, we invite you to stay foolish and stay hungry with us by considering our highlights of the week. They include: The brilliance of Secretary Mnuchin, a faux flat-earthed, The FR’s exclusive conversation with Funding Circle’s Sam Hodges, Le Cirque and Bloomberg show their age, The rise of financial plumbing and “reinsure tech”, Bot-hype and the “dark web”, Company of Note: Elsen
Last week, the equity market started to shiver and a big hedge fund announced that it’s closing. Still, the financial innovation world remains constructive. Here’s the (mostly positive) excitement of the past week: Goldman’s latest move into “massage”, Populism, decentralized prediction markets and Ray Dalio, Correlations in an era of shrinking equity supply, China’s life insurance market keeps surging, a terminator for start-ups, Company of Note: TellusLabs, Spark: Career lessons from David Rockefeller
The Fed hiked and a blizzard hit NYC. Stormy weather? Sure, but things still look sunny for financial innovators. On our lounge chair this week: The fintechization of SXSW, MiFID II mania has taken hold of some US fund managers, The financial services industry could use a dose of John Legere, Synthetic identity fraud, Google’s new payments feature, Fintech’s real-time functionality edge, Uber’s threat to the sharing economy, Company of Note: ClearGraph.
Vault 7 hit and SNAP swooned. Did the Ides of March come early in ‘17? Fortunately, a brave girl faced down a bull this week on Wall Street. Here’s what else inspired us: The 206th anniversary of a highly symbolic event, The FR’s exclusive conversation with SoFi’s Nino Fanlo, The war for quant talent, counterintelligence pros headed to banks, Mike Pence’s finserve guy, homeowners insurance, MPL’s rope-a-dope, Company of Note: WorkingGroupLink
Snap’s IPO priced and its performance rose without hesitation. But other memorable things happened this week in the world of financial innovation: The FR’s exclusive conversations with SoFi’s top brass, AI, the 80-20 rule and who gets paid in banking, A new ethereum alliance, Buffett and auto insurance, An eye on Third Point, ramifying investing, Company of Note: Trizic, Spark: Our favorite octogenarian business person (it isn’t Buffett)
KPMG’s new fintech report and a tale of animal spirits, will Amazon actually buy a bank, Bill Gates doesn’t really want to tax robot productivity, China fintech in perspective, Numeral, Wells Fargo lessons for Uber, why tech alone can’t defeat fraud, Company of Note: Abaris, Spark: cyber-hygiene