Banks Are Finally Going After Fintech Startups

Feb 13 17:02 2018 Print This Article

Recently, Goldman Sachs’ consumer banking division Marcus has been on the M&A hunt. The bank acquired the team behind credit card startup Final in Jan’18, and it is rumored to be in talks with personal finance management app Clarity Money.

But overall, Goldman’s recent fintech M&A binge appears to be an industry outlier, not the norm. Since 2013, 80% of the top 50 banks by total assets operating in the US have not acquired a fintech startup. These banks include Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citi, and Morgan Stanley.

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The lack of acquisitions over the last few years could be the result of stringent compliance measures, or of banks not wanting to carry inflated goodwill (intangible assets) values on balance sheets.

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