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Aiera Raises $7M to Further Event Intelligence and Insights Platform

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NEW YORK, NY , Feb. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NEWMEDIAWIRE – Aiera is announcing that it has raised $7 million through the sale of its Series A Preferred Stock to investors led by Fin Venture Capital and including Macquarie Group, Citi Markets FinTech Investments, and Franklin Templeton.An event intelligence and insights platform founded by former Internet equity research analyst, Ken Sena (CEO), and Amazon Alexa engineering lead, Bryan Healey (CTO), Aiera began as a collaboration on how natural language processing could improve investment workflow. Aiera now covers over 30K live events per year, including earnings calls, analyst days, management conferences, and more, tying these events to millions of documents it is simultaneously processing and analyzing, and offering users the ability to set intelligent monitors to track what matters to them most.“Aiera is emerging as the center of the desktop and mobile for the asset management community,” says Logan Allin, General Partner and Founder at Fin Venture Capital. Logan Allin has joined Chip Hazard, General Partner of Flybridge, as a board director in connection with the Series A transactions. Diane Schumaker-Krieg, formerly Global Head of Research, Economics & Strategy for Wells Fargo, will be joining as an independent director. Additionally, Joe Boerio, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer of Franklin Templeton, Miki Edelman, Head of Strategic Client Solutions for Macquarie Group, and Gavin Skinner, COO of Citi Research will participate in a board observer capacity.“I am excited to be joining the Aiera Board at this pivotal time in the evolution of investment research,“ said Diane Schumaker-Krieg. “Aiera’s ML-enabled tools allow analysts and portfolio managers to consume huge amounts of relevant data, from events and filings to news and research, with greater efficiency in a post-MiFID ll world. I believe that Ken, Bryan and their team have the vision, skill, and discipline to take Aiera’s platform capabilities to the next level.“The Aiera platform currently covers nearly 7K global equities and processes and analyzes approximately 100K pieces of research, media, and new document types each day. Last year, in partnership with Gridspace, Aiera expanded to live events, including earnings calls, analyst days, management conferences, and more.In commenting on the fundraising, Ken Sena (CEO) said, “Aiera is doing more every day to help its users manage the communication between issuers and investors, and we look forward to continuing to improve our event and streaming experience with more domain-specific transcription capability, deeper document and source discovery, advanced tool customization, and greater language availability.”Aiera was seeded by Flybridge Capital and, with this additional funding, has now raised more than $10 million to further its quest to be the leading event intelligence and insights platform for the investment community.About AieraAiera is an event intelligence and insights platform that leverages adaptive deep learning to enhance active fundamental investment strategies. Using advanced linguistics and predictive modeling, Aiera offers investment managers and other professionals the ability to automatically and proactively monitor all public earnings calls and events in real-time, as well as across broker research, media, SEC filings, meeting notes, and more. For individuals looking to schedule a demo, please contact us at www.aiera.com.About Fin Venture CapitalFin Venture Capital is headed by Founder/Managing General Partner, Logan Allin, and includes six team members based in Silicon Valley. Fin is focused on early stage (Seed/A entry points) B2B, principally Enterprise SaaS FinTech companies within six sub-sectors: Alternative Lending, Asset Management, Real Estate Tech, InsureTech, Blockchain Enterprise Applications, and Enabling Tech. Fin principally focuses on the US, but is active in Europe, Israel, and Southeast Asia. As former corporate and start-up operators, the Fin team takes a hands-on approach, helping its portfolio companies with access to capital (equity/debt), talent sourcing, and business development support. Fin is building a Global Financial Platform that will provide its investors with unique fund strategies and co-investment opportunities alongside the fund and in Special Situation Growth/Late stage companies. The Fin team currently has 14 portfolio companies and was named the 2nd most active FinTech VC in 2018 by BTIG.AttachmentAieraJon Teall
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Chinese fintech attracted investments of USD 962.2 million in 2H 2019

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Fintech companies in China attracted USD 962.2 million in investments from venture capital, private equity and M&A in 2H 2019, resulting in a total of USD 4,479 million in investments for the whole of 2019, according to KPMG’s Pulse of Fintech H2’19 bi-annual report on global fintech investment trends.

Fintech investment in China took a breather after a massive 2018, but the country’s fintech market continued to see substantial activity and Chinese companies still ranked among the largest fintech deals in Asia Pacific for the whole of 2019. China’s large technology giants continued to focus on growing their reach geographically, making investments or plays well outside of Greater China. Ant Financial, for example, submitted an application for a digital banking license in Singapore in late 2019, while Tencent made a number of significant investments in fintech companies in other regions throughout the year, including Ualá in Argentina.

Investors in China also began to turn their attention to up-and-coming areas of fintech. These include regtech, which has appeal among VC investors because of its ability to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to assess risk and identify fraud. China-based investors are also interested in fintech companies that use these technologies more broadly to improve the operations of banks and financial institutions, such as improving operational efficiencies, generate and analyse data, as well as support wealth management.

The third quarter of 2019 saw the People’s Bank of China unveiled a three-year plan to support the development of the fintech industry. Since then, there has already been a number of moves focused on implementation. For example, a fintech sandbox is in development, with testing currently being concluded in Beijing. It is expected that this plan will help fuel future investment in fintech, particularly in key areas like risk management, cybersecurity, big data, artificial intelligence, distributed databases and authentication.

Chris Wang, Partner, Head of Fintech, KPMG China, commented, “China’s central bank and other authority bodies are working to move fintech in the country to ‘2nd half’ as part of their three-year fintech development plan. We anticipate an increased regulation and guidance for the industry and an enhanced infrastructure to support fintech development. For example, sandbox mechanism is being designed and may soon roll out to test the concept of different fintech to make sure they comply with regulations and will achieve the desired results before they enter the market.”

The fintech market in Hong Kong saw some resilience in the fourth quarter of 2019, particularly on the back of Alibaba’s decision to do a secondary listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, which raised USD 11.2 billion, making it the largest listing of the year globally.

Earlier in 2019, Hong Kong issued the first batch of eight digital banking licenses. ZhongAn was the first to launch a digital bank pilot, with others expected to follow suit in 2020. As the licensees continue to formulate their digital bank offerings, Hong Kong could see an upswing in investments in related areas, like KYC, regtech, digital onboarding and communications, and digital banking infrastructure. The issuance of digital banking licences has also spurred traditional banks to improve their own digital offerings and experience.

Avril Rae, Director, Head of Fintech, Hong Kong, KPMG China, said, “We’re starting to see ecosystems evolving with respect to digital banks. Partners are coming together to get digital banking licenses. Once they have their pilot projects underway, and they have proven their technology both internally and to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, we’ll start to see them leveraging those partnerships more deeply – integrating banking services with other offerings like travel bookings or insurance to provide their customers with a seamless experience.”

 

SOURCE KPMG China

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Chinese fintech attracted investments of USD 962.2 million in 2H 2019

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Fintech companies in China attracted USD 962.2 million in investments from venture capital, private equity and M&A in 2H 2019, resulting in a total of USD 4,479 million in investments for the whole of 2019, according to KPMG’s Pulse of Fintech H2’19 bi-annual report on global fintech investment trends.

Fintech investment in China took a breather after a massive 2018, but the country’s fintech market continued to see substantial activity and Chinese companies still ranked among the largest fintech deals in Asia Pacific for the whole of 2019. China’s large technology giants continued to focus on growing their reach geographically, making investments or plays well outside of Greater China. Ant Financial, for example, submitted an application for a digital banking license in Singapore in late 2019, while Tencent made a number of significant investments in fintech companies in other regions throughout the year, including Ualá in Argentina.

Investors in China also began to turn their attention to up-and-coming areas of fintech. These include regtech, which has appeal among VC investors because of its ability to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to assess risk and identify fraud. China-based investors are also interested in fintech companies that use these technologies more broadly to improve the operations of banks and financial institutions, such as improving operational efficiencies, generate and analyse data, as well as support wealth management.

The third quarter of 2019 saw the People’s Bank of China unveiled a three-year plan to support the development of the fintech industry. Since then, there has already been a number of moves focused on implementation. For example, a fintech sandbox is in development, with testing currently being concluded in Beijing. It is expected that this plan will help fuel future investment in fintech, particularly in key areas like risk management, cybersecurity, big data, artificial intelligence, distributed databases and authentication.

Chris Wang, Partner, Head of Fintech, KPMG China, commented, “China’s central bank and other authority bodies are working to move fintech in the country to ‘2nd half’ as part of their three-year fintech development plan. We anticipate an increased regulation and guidance for the industry and an enhanced infrastructure to support fintech development. For example, sandbox mechanism is being designed and may soon roll out to test the concept of different fintech to make sure they comply with regulations and will achieve the desired results before they enter the market.”

The fintech market in Hong Kong saw some resilience in the fourth quarter of 2019, particularly on the back of Alibaba’s decision to do a secondary listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, which raised USD 11.2 billion, making it the largest listing of the year globally.

Earlier in 2019, Hong Kong issued the first batch of eight digital banking licenses. ZhongAn was the first to launch a digital bank pilot, with others expected to follow suit in 2020. As the licensees continue to formulate their digital bank offerings, Hong Kong could see an upswing in investments in related areas, like KYC, regtech, digital onboarding and communications, and digital banking infrastructure. The issuance of digital banking licences has also spurred traditional banks to improve their own digital offerings and experience.

Avril Rae, Director, Head of Fintech, Hong Kong, KPMG China, said, “We’re starting to see ecosystems evolving with respect to digital banks. Partners are coming together to get digital banking licenses. Once they have their pilot projects underway, and they have proven their technology both internally and to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, we’ll start to see them leveraging those partnerships more deeply – integrating banking services with other offerings like travel bookings or insurance to provide their customers with a seamless experience.”

 

SOURCE KPMG China

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CFP Board Center for Financial Planning Announces Best Paper Winners for 2020 Academic Research Colloquium

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The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Best Paper Awards that were presented last week in Arlington, Va., during the Center’s fourth annual Academic Research Colloquium for Financial Planning and Related Disciplines.

  • The TD Ameritrade Best Paper Award in Behavioral Finance – Sung Lee of Stern School of Business, New York University, for “Fintech Nudges: Overspending Messages and Personal Finance Management”
  • The Northwestern Mutual Best Paper Award in Insurance/Risk Management – Hossein Salehi, CFP® of California Lutheran University, and Charlene Kalenkoski, CFP® of Texas Tech University, for “The Relationship Between Ownership of Insurance Products and Retirement Satisfaction”
  • The Emerging Scholar Best Paper Award – Derek Tharp, CFP® of University of Southern Maine, for “Consumer Perceptions of Financial Advisory Titles and Implications for Title Regulation”
  • The Best Paper Award in Investments – Da Ke of University of South Carolina, for “Left Behind: Partisan Identity and Wealth Inequality”
  • The Best Paper Award in Household Finance – Nick PretnarAlan Montgomery, and Christopher Olivola of Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, for “A Structural Model of Mental Accounting”

A full list of 2020 accepted papers is available here.

“We received many compelling paper submissions this year, but the committee selected those that they felt demonstrated the highest research standards,” said Charles R. Chaffin, Ed.D., director of Academic Initiatives, CFP Board Center for Financial Planning. “We congratulate the winners for their contributions to knowledge and innovation in the financial planning industry.”

The Best Paper series of awards recognizes authors from a variety of disciplines and sub-disciplines that relate to financial planning. The award carries a $2,500 cash prize for the author(s) of each winning paper.

The colloquium gathers the global academic community to showcase rigorous and relevant research within financial planning and related disciplines that directly or indirectly relates to the global financial planning practice and the body of knowledge. The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning hosts the colloquium in collaboration with FP Canada and the Financial Planning Standards Board Ltd., owner of the international CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification program outside the United States.

The colloquium is made possible with support from the Center’s Lead Founding Sponsor, TD Ameritrade Institutional, and Founding Sponsors Northwestern Mutual, Envestnet and Charles Schwab Foundation, in partnership with Schwab Advisor Services.

 

SOURCE Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.

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