The evolution of technology has completely reshaped many industries around the world. Now, almost every industry has incorporated technology into their business models in order to thrive among the competition. Sectors ranging from communication, food, education, business, to even finance have all integrated innovative and advanced technology. Specifically, the financial world has been deeply impacted by the growth of technology. Moreover, banks and firms have been heavily investing in financial technology or “fintech” solutions to provide their consumers with exceptional services. Fintech is described as a technology that seeks to improve or potentially automate financial services. For instance, many banks have launched mobile banking services which eliminate the need for consumers to physically go to a bank. Instead, consumers can now access their bank accounts, make payments, and deposit funds in the palm of their hand. A large majority of global banks, insurers, and investment managers have already dove into the fintech industry, however, within the next 3 to 5 years, even more are expected to enter into the market. Furthermore, with the adoption of fintech solutions, companies can expect a 20% average return on investment on their innovation projects. Through the use of these technologies, companies are able to create and deploy low-cost personalized products for consumers. And as a result, the innovative products are having a significant impact on the consumer, pressuring traditional firms to adapt to the competition. According to data compiled by Mordor Intelligence, the global fintech market is expected to register a CAGR of 13.2% during the forecast period from 2019 to 2024. CLPS Incorporation (NASDAQ: CLPS), First Data Corporation (NYSE: FDC), Overstock.com, Inc (NASDAQ: OSTK), BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: BGCP), LendingClub Corporation (NYSE: LC)
Primarily, infrastructure-based technologies, through platformification and open application interfaces (APIs) are reshaping the fintech industry. Other operation advancements such as robotic process automation, chatbots, and Distributed Ledger Technology are all enabling greater agility, efficiency, and accuracy. According to Capgemini’s 2018 World Payments Report, there were approximately 600 billion total digital transaction. Furthermore, the report suggests that digital transactions are on pace to grow by 46% over the next four years, growing to 876 billion transactions by 2021. Capgemini also notes that the Asian markets are expected to lead the pack, exhibiting a CAGR of 29% during the period. Other developing markets include regions like Central Europe, the Middle East and Africa, which are expected to register a CAGR of 20%. However, concerns over fraud and security are expected to undermine the industry as consumers fear that cyber attackers can access their accounts or e-wallets and steal personal information or even digital currency. Nonetheless, tech companies and financial institutions have partnered together in order to provide more secure platforms. “If you have not heard about the Fintech revolution that is happening right now, you need to get out from under your rock. These revolutionary advancements are not just impacting the financial industry. They have the potential to change the way we conduct transactions in all aspects of business,” said Daniel Newman, Chief Executive Officer of Broadsuite Media Group and Principal Analyst at Futurum. “Technology has driven us to where we are. As an industry with a heavy focus on technology, it is obvious that changes will happen rapidly and frequently. With the Fintech revolution being the newest disruptor of choice, the banking industry and its consumers will need to hold on for the ride. It will take some time for this technology is gain enough speed to become widely accepted. However, it is definitely on the horizon. Only time will tell what we can expect when we visit our local bank for this is only the beginning.”
CLPS Incorporation (NASDAQ: CLPS) earlier this week announced, “a strategic investment in Economic Modeling Information Technology Co., Ltd. (“EMIT”), a financial big data company. Upon closing of the transaction, CLPS will hold a 30% ownership stake in EMIT.
Established in 2017, EMIT was founded by a team of PhD faculty members from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (“SHUFE”) in cooperation with SHUFE’s Fintech Research Institute. EMIT provides financial modeling and analysis services to financial services companies and delivers a full range of value-added data mining and data analytics IT solutions to its clients that include intelligent investment systems, risk warning systems, and credit card decision engine core systems. EMIT’s “financial data modeling platform + financial risk warning platform” business model provides its customers with comprehensive financial data services, such as financial data strategic planning, service mode design, and risk control.
Mr. Raymond Lin, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CLPS, commented, ‘Big data has become an important area of technological advancement in the financial industry. Our strategic investment in EMIT allows us to expand upon our expertise in providing the financial industry with applications of industry-leading technologies. EMIT’s expertise in data modeling, deep learning and machine learning, and blockchain technology will benefit CLPS’s future development by further expanding our client network. In addition, by offering applications of data mining, we will be able to extend our competitive edge in the banking, insurance and financial sectors.’
About CLPS Incorporation: Headquartered in Shanghai, China, CLPS Incorporation (the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CLPS) is a global leading information technology (“IT”), consulting and solutions service provider focusing on the banking, insurance and financial sectors. The Company serves as an IT solutions provider to a growing network of clients in the global financial industry, including large financial institutions in the US, Europe, Australia and Hong Kong and their PRC-based IT centers. The Company maintains ten delivery and/or research & development centers to serve different customers in various geographic locations. Mainland China centers are located in Shanghai, Beijing, Dalian, Tianjin, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. The remaining three global centers are located in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. For further information regarding the Company, please visit: http://ir.clpsglobal.com.”
First Data Corporation (NYSE: FDC) is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology, serving approximately 6 million business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in more than 100 countries around the world. First Data Corporation and Fiserv (NASDAQ: FISV) recently announced that their boards of directors had unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which Fiserv will acquire First Data in an all-stock transaction. The transaction unites two premier companies to create one of the world’s leading payments and financial technology providers, and an enhanced value proposition for its clients. This highly complementary combination will offer leading technology capabilities that enable a range of payments and financial services, including account processing and digital banking solutions; card issuer processing and network services; e-commerce; integrated payments; and the Clover cloud-based point-of-sale solution. The combined company will offer comprehensive distribution channels and have deep expertise in partnering with financial institutions, merchants and billers of all sizes, as well as software developers. “I have long admired what Fiserv has achieved over the years, and I look forward to working with the talented associates of both companies as we set a higher standard of innovation and service in the industry,” said First Data Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Frank Bisignano. “Our goal at First Data has always been to provide our clients with the most comprehensive suite of innovative, highly-differentiated solutions and services, and I am excited by the significant value that the combination with Fiserv creates for all stakeholders.”
Overstock.com, Inc (NASDAQ: OSTK) is an online retailer and technology company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Overstock.com, Inc. and its subsidiary tZERO Group, Inc. recently announced that Hong Kong-based private equity firm GSR Capital has retained tZERO to develop a smart contract token that will be utilized for an upcoming sale of cobalt. Subject to compliance with applicable regulatory requirements, the sale is expected to offer recurring tranches of electric vehicle (EV) battery-grade cobalt, with up to USD 200 Million of the material projected to be available for sale in 2019, with more planned for 2020. tZERO Group, Inc. is a majority owned subsidiary of Overstock.com, focusing on the development and commercialization of financial technology (FinTech) based on cryptographically-secured, decentralized ledgers – more commonly known as blockchain technologies. Since its inception, tZERO has pioneered the effort to bring greater efficiency and transparency to capital markets through the integration of blockchain technology. tZERO and GSR Capital intend to build an ecosystem in Asia for tokenized commodity purchase contracts that would simplify the process of identifying, purchasing and tracking the supply of rare minerals. The companies also envision adding a security token trading platform in the region, subject to compliance with applicable regulatory requirements. “We are excited to work with GSR and their partner on this innovative cobalt token offering,” said Overstock Chief Executive Officer and tZERO Executive Chairman, Patrick M. Byrne. “Smart contract automation of these transactions will significantly reduce overall costs while effectively improving transparency in rare earth metals purchases throughout the supply chain process. We look forward to bringing the future of commodities purchasing to the global marketplace.”
BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: BGCP) is a leading global brokerage and financial technology company. BGC Partners, Inc. recently announced that it has completed the acquisition of Ed Broking Group Limited, an independent Lloyd’s of London insurance broker with a strong reputation across Accident and Health, Aerospace, Cargo, Energy, Financial and Political Risks, Marine, Professional and Executive Risk, Property and Casualty, Specialty and Reinsurance. Ed will become part of BGC’s insurance division, which was established in 2017 with the acquisition of Besso Insurance Group Limited. Steve Hearn, currently Group Chief Executive Officer of Ed, will become Head of BGC’s insurance division. Mr. Hearn will report directly into Mr. Lynn. Under the terms of the agreement, BGC acquired 100% of Ed, which includes broking operations under the Ed brand in the UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Miami and China; Ed’s German marine broking arm Junge & Co. Versicherungsmakler GmbH; Ed’s managing general agent (MGA) operations Globe Underwriting Limited based in the UK; Epsilon Insurance Broking Services Pty Ltd in Australia; and Cooper Gay (France) SAS, which is based in Paris. Shaun D. Lynn, President of BGC Partners, commented on the announcement: “We are delighted to complete the purchase of Ed, a company with a great reputation, a global footprint and an excellent management team that will continue to build on BGC’s success in growing the insurance brokerage business.”
LendingClub Corporation (NYSE: LC) was founded to transform the banking system to make credit more affordable and investing more rewarding. Leading fintech analytics platforms, dv01 recently announced an expanded reporting partnership with LendingClub, securing its role as loan data agent for all completed CLUB Certificate transactions. Prior to this partnership, dv01 has provided reporting services for USD 2.75 Billion of LendingClub securitizations. As loan data agent, dv01 will receive loan data directly from LendingClub, which it will normalize, validate, and roll up for monthly servicer reporting. The company will also prepare and provide monthly loan tapes; reconcile the monthly remittance report; and provide approved investors access to the data through dv01’s portal, which features a suite of reporting, analytics, and cashflow tools designed specifically for the online lending asset class. “LendingClub’s previous work with dv01 has made it clear that investors appreciate the ability to conduct deep analysis into structured products, both before and after purchase,” said Valerie Kay, Chief Capital Officer of LendingClub. “The unique structure of these CLUB Certificate transactions appealed to a new investor audience, and we’re excited to offer these investors access to dv01’s reporting and analytics portal as part of their introduction to the online lending asset class.”
SEC Qualifies DiversyFund to Drop Investment Minimums for Real Estate Fund to $500
DiversyFund, a financial tech company providing everyday Americans with the same investment opportunities as the wealthy, announced today it has received qualification from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to lower the minimum amount required to invest in its commercial real estate investment trust (REIT) to $500.
DiversyFund’s Growth REIT is a fund that allows everyday people to invest in multiple value-add apartment complexes, meaning apartments in need of upgrades. These improvements may include everything from new flooring to putting in a dog park – each enhancement adds more value to the properties than the cost of making the upgrades. About one year after DiversyFund purchases a property, it begins generating cashflow from rents. Then, after 4-6 years, the company is able to sell the apartment complex, typically for substantially more than the purchase price, generating returns for investors.
Historically, to invest in a private, non-traded commercial REIT like this one, individuals had to have a net worth of at least $1 million (excluding primary residence) or an income exceeding $200,000 over the prior two years ($300,000with a spouse). The invest minimum typically required to participate in these deals would range from tens of thousands to around $250,000.
“We believe that everyone deserves the choice to build their wealth,” said Craig Cecilio, co-founder and CEO of DiversyFund. “During my 20 years of experience managing more than $500 million in assets, I continuously saw the wealthy getting in on deals that weren’t accessible to the average person. After years of watching the rich get richer, I was determined to find a way to include the everyday person in these incredible investment opportunities and leverage technology to make investing simple.”
“We went through a rigorous screening process with the SEC to gain the qualification we needed to open up access to these exclusive deals and make investment minimums affordable for everyday Americans,” said Cecilio. We’re thrilled we can now give people the choice to invest for as little as $500. We’re ready to grow our community of next generation investors and start closing the wealth gap plaguing our society.”
DiversyFund doesn’t charge any platform or management fees and has eliminated third party costs by cutting out all of the middle men and managing every process internally, from purchase to sell. DiversyFund doesn’t make money until its investors make money – after the sale of the properties.
Vestmark Honored with Silver Stevie® Award at 2019 American Business Awards® Gala
Vestmark is proud to have received the Silver Stevie® Award in the FinTech Solution category as part of the 17th Annual American Business Awards®, in recognition of the VestmarkONE®platform’s recently launched advanced options trading and risk management module.
Mark Peabody, Senior Vice President of Product Management, accepted the award on Vestmark’s behalf at this year’s American Business Awards gala last week at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
This options module, available on the VestmarkONE® platform, provides an innovative trading and risk management capability that enables advisors to scale options trading and more efficiently use options strategies across all types of advisory programs. With this tool, hundreds or even thousands of accounts – across an entire book of business – can be traded at once, without impacting accounts following models, avoiding false rebalancing alerts and model drift notifications. The module also includes several automated risk management functions to help advisors and firms balance the risk of trading options. For more details, visit https://www.vestmark.com/solutions/vestmark-one/options-trading-and-risk-management.
Over 3,800 nominations of public, private, for-profit, and non-profit U.S. organizations of all sizes, and from a wide variety of industries, were submitted to American Business Awards® categories this year. More than 200 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award® winners. For a full list of 2019 Stevie Award® winners, and to obtain more information about the American Business Awards®, visit https://stevieawards.com/aba.
In selecting the VestmarkONE® platform for its award, the panel of judges lauded the platform as an “impressive product and innovative usage of technology,” and described “VestmarkONE’s New Options Module, one of the best products in its category that allows users to provide options trading across platforms.”
“I commend our teams at Vestmark for their ongoing commitment to developing and enhancing leading edge technology solutions for financial advisors and institutions,” said John Lunny, CEO of Vestmark. “This innovative options trading and risk management module in the VestmarkONE® platform makes it possible to scale the implementation of sophisticated portfolio management strategies for clients and accounts of all sizes. We are honored that our peers recognize the impact this innovation can have on the wealth management industry.”
Carson Crosses $10 Billion in Assets; Sets Sights on Deepening Value to Partner Firms
Carson Group, one of the fastest growing financial services firms in the country, today announced the firm has surpassed $10 billion in assets under management. Hitting this milestone highlights Carson’s status as a top-ranked RIA and coincides with several other recent breakthroughs for the organization.
- Carson Partners, which include 108 firms and nearly 230 advisors within its ecosystem, now collectively serves more than 27,000 families across the U.S.
- Signed net new assets from incoming advisors have risen to $1.45 billion year-to-date.
- 215 Carson stakeholders now support the firm’s various advisor coaching and partnership offerings, 49 have joined in 2019 alone.
- The organization will begin construction this month on its 200,000-square-foot, Omaha-based headquarters, which is slated for completion in late 2020.
“This has been a monumental month for the entire Carson family; not only in memorializing how far we’ve come in the last decade with asset growth but also in what we’re doing now to prepare for the next chapter,” said Ron Carson, founder and CEO of Carson Group. “We’re laying the groundwork for what I believe will be a 100-year company. We’re not plotting a quick and profitable exit or looking to sell; we’re building something bigger than ourselves here. Something we intend will forever change the world of financial advice for the better.”
Carson is constantly looking to expand and improve the ecosystem it offers partner firms. By doing so, it’s experienced tremendous growth in a time of change in the profession. From the recent Regulation Best Interest Rule to industry consolidation and an aging advisor population, the organization provides financial advisors a path to navigate disruption.
Due to Carson’s fast-paced growth, proactive moves are being made, including a plan to hire between 30 and 40 additional stakeholders through the end of 2019, releasing further iterations of client-facing technology and tools to enhance the experience advisors are providing, and expanding departmental support to ensure advisors are well-equipped to take advantage of the competitive landscape for attracting new business.
“We aim to build – and become – that fast-growing, innovative hub for financial services, because we know our competitive advantage is that we can move faster and do more for our clients, for less,” said Aaron Schaben, Executive Vice President of Carson. “Every decision we’re making right now – and every new partner we consider – must always bring us a step closer to doing what’s right for our clients. Advisors are seeing Carson deliver on that promise, and that is what most excites me as we look ahead to our future growth.”
In addition to being a mainstay in the Barron’s annual list of top wealth management firms, Carson Group remains among the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies, has been recognized for two consecutive years by InvestmentNews as a top-50 firm for Best Places to Work for Financial Advisors, and was awarded a Best Places to Work in FinTech by American Banker.
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