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Fintech Focus For August 26, 2020


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Quote Of The Day: Nobody wants to fly across the country for a two hour meeting when you can do it just as well on Zoom. - James Altucher

Fintech Movers: The main challenge Central American fintech faces is a lack of tech infrastructure and knowhow. That’s why social impact funds are important players here. IDB Invest recently poured almost US$40 million in a debt round into Cuscastlan which elsewhere may have been covered by the market. - Contxto

  • Schwab intros model portfolio tech.
  • Visa wins Plaid takeover approval.
  • Xero moves into business lending.
  • Artis secures $1.5M for lending tech.
  • ConsenSys acquires JPMs Quorum.
  • Standard Chartered hones banking.
  • Mosaic readies mobile data analytics.
  • Citi, Wells Fargo invest in digital ID.
  • Copper raises $4M for teen banking.
  • Global 66 will scale remittance tech.
  • Spence sets a standard in payments.
  • Frollo publishes its product data APIs.
  • Perpetual Protocol closed $2M round.
  • RobustWealth streamlines investing.
  • dYdX intros LINK perpetual contracts.
  • Afterpay eyes Europe on $82M deal.
  • Quant Data intros low-cost orderflow.
  • Nasdaq files for direct market listings.

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Watch For This: The coronavirus has intensified a pre-existing debate about the future of megacities, and whether the concentration of so much population and economic activity in a few large centres is desirable. - Reuters


Market Moving Headline: One measure with mixed indications: job listings on, which are down 20% from 2019. While that figure deteriorated from the prior week for the first time since May, it’s improved considerably from its pandemic trough, when it was 39% lower. - Bloomberg

  • Some economic indicators V-shaped.
  • Equity market liquidity still improving.
  • Cboe sees good interest in mini VIX.
  • Key investment trends for post virus.
  • BoA’s remarks on dollar debasement.
  • Judge: Apple can’t cut Unreal Engine.
  • Apple acquires a VR startup, Spaces.
  • Asana files to go public on the NYSE.
  • American Airlines will cut 19,000 jobs.
  • Goldman: Overwriting may outperform.
  • The US, China reaffirmed trade deal.
  • Germany: EV market share now 11%.

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