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FinTech, Financial Innovation, Industry Disruption.

A fintech review of SXSW

2 Jul 2020 2 minute read 0 comments FinRev

Your Financial Revolutionist was at the SXSW (or “South By”(SX) to those in the know) festival last week, and as always, it was an experience. The event is one of the biggest in the world, with some 70,000 people descending on Austin, Texas f...

Top cryptos to keep an eye on (that aren’t bitcoin)

1 Jul 2020 2 minute read 0 comments FinRev

The world of cryptocurrency never seems far from the headlines, and it was back in the news recently when JPMorgan Chase announced it is creating the first bank-backed cryptocurrency in the U.S., dubbed JPM Coin. This was especially significant becau...

Five fintech conferences in Q2 for hobnobbing with VCs

30 Jun 2020 2 minute read 0 comments FinRev

Industry conferences can often be a great way to network with peers, catch up on the latest trends and –  if you’re startup seeking funding – hobnob with venture capital firms that may be looking to invest in the next big thing. But not all c...

Guest Opinion: Jurassic Park in Housing

22 Jun 2020 3 minute read 0 comments FinRev

Common wisdom suggests that home ownership is a good thing or are at least correlates to something positive, which explains the widespread concern about the depressed home ownership rates in the aftermath of the Housing Crisis. What happened to a...

Guest Opinion: Blessed Are the Meek, for They Will Inherit Residential Housing

21 Jun 2020 2 minute read 0 comments FinRev

In the four years since Marc Andreessen cast his gaze on financial services and declared that “we can reinvent the entire thing,” unleashing torrents of unbundling narratives, the incumbent banks seem to be rediscovering their groove in residenti...

Financial Reporting Standards Can Foster Municipal Market Disruption

19 Jun 2020 3 minute read 0 comments FinRev

While fintech start-ups are disrupting many financial markets, the US municipal bond market has been largely left behind. As a result, the $3.9-trillion muni market remains largely inefficient, replete with frictions that reduce investor returns and...

Lending a Hand: Venture Capital Can Bring Growing Pains for Entrepreneurs

11 Jun 2020 5 minute read 0 comments FinRev

Finding and securing a steady inflow of capital is the harbinger of uncertainty for many founders and start-ups. Whether it’s bootstrapping with whatever resources are available or securing seed financing, start-ups face the ever-present challenge of...

Retirement 2.0?

4 Jun 2020 3 minute read 0 comments FinRev

As the onslaught of dire warnings about the disappearing ability to retire continues to inundate the popular press and our inbox , it begs the questions: “Are the warnings justified?”; “Is this true?”; and if so, “Why?”  Have people simply become les...

A Global Macro View on Amazon HQ2

2 Jun 2020 4 minute read 0 comments FinRev

Amazon has been getting a lot of free buzz lately. The Seattle FANG has been holding a bake-off to see which city will host the company’s second headquarters, and towns have been falling over themselves to offer tax breaks and every benefit they can...

Guest Opinion: Financial Services Should Fully Embrace Deep Learning

1 Jun 2020 3 minute read 0 comments FinRev

Why financial services firms evaluating new machine learning initiatives should leapfrog traditional techniques and deploy deep learning. At first glance, deep learning has the hallmark hype of a technology trend that prudent institutions would do we...