Aug 18, 2020

American Express announces it will acquire Kabbage

Kabbage
American Express
Cash flow management
Fintech
William Girling
2 min
SMB loan facilitator Kabbage is to be acquired by American Express as part of its ongoing plan to help small businesses
American Express has announced that it will be acquiring the entirety of leading FinTech Kabbage, an SMB loan facilitator...

American Express has announced that it will be acquiring the entirety of leading FinTech Kabbage, an SMB loan facilitator.

As such, American Express will gain access to its intellectual property, data platform and product suite, including flexible credit lines, online bill payments, cash flow visualisation and more. 

Part of its overall goal of expanding its service range to encompass SMBs (small-medium businesses), which could be linked to the increased awareness of their importance to global economies following the COVID-19 pandemic, the company appears to be embracing the flexible, tech-based thinking of FinTechs generally. 

Roughly one month prior, American Express released details of ‘One AP’, its first automated accounts payable solution. Working seamlessly with virtual card payments, chequing and ACH (automated clearing house), the solution was conceived to optimise vendor payments, reduce costs and save time.

Expanding cash flow management tools

Likely to be well-received by the business community, particularly at a time when some companies are struggling to maintain adequate cash flows to remain operational, the acquisition of Kabbage is hoped by Anna Marrs, President of Global Commercial Services at American Express, to combine cutting-edge tech with over 60 years of industry experience.

“For several years, American Express has been expanding beyond our industry-leading commercial card products to offer our business customers a growing set of payment and working capital solutions.

“This acquisition accelerates our plans to offer U.S. small businesses an easy and efficient way to manage their payments and cash flow digitally in one place, which is more critical than ever in today’s environment,” she said.

This opinion is apparently shared by Kabbage CEO and co-founder Rob Frohwein, who, once the acquisition has formally closed later in 2020, considers that it will be a potent and rewarding result for small business.

“At Kabbage, we have always made the success of America’s small businesses our primary objective.

“We have built a technology and data platform that provides them with the kind of capabilities and insights often reserved for larger businesses. By joining American Express , we can help more small businesses succeed with a fully digital suite of financial products to help them run and grow their companies,” he concluded.

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Jun 20, 2021

Crypto strategies: Timing the market vs time in the market

Dacxi
Cryptocurrency
Blockchain
Investment
Katharine Wooller, MD, Dacxi U...
3 min
Wooller investigates the prevailing market trends in cryptocurrency and analyses the different strategies of big-time and small-time investors

There is a lot of surface noise in the cryptocurrency space and most of it is the psychobabble of investor sentiment. One week it is the sound of everybody rushing towards a feeding frenzy. The next the wailing and gnashing of teeth as those near the surface (the ones most exposed) get spooked and rush the other way, falling over each other in the race to escape. 

Watching crypto markets in the last few weeks has been brutal viewing; best done on a strong stomach and ideally through your fingers!  It’s impossible to know what drives lemmings off a cliff, when they run, they all run the same way at once. 

The speculative crypto investor is not always a logical beast, and there seems to be a lot of sentiment where the money is either ‘all in’ or ‘all out’.  Crypto is exquisitely volatile, and annoyingly can sometimes defy logic – no-one really knows what is going on.  Thankfully the blockchain data has some answers on what the smart money is doing.

Essentially scared sheep are trying to ‘time the market’, traders who are buying and selling short term on a hunch the market is running in their direction, going with the flow in a world where cash is king. Recently the sheep got spooked, their time was up. Unsurprisingly, when the market run is to sell ‘coin’, it turns the asset back into what it sees as the comparative safety of fiat.

Pictured: Katharine Wooller

There is another investment philosophy, one aimed not at spinning-off short term cash but on the principles of accumulating long-term wealth. A far less noisy space where deeper strategic thinkers are quietly building crypto portfolios of significant size, this is where the ‘whales’ (a crypto industry term for those who hold at least 1,000 BTC) hang-out.

Whales have no interest in timing the market, rather their focus is ‘time in the market’. Not driven by market sentiment, their focus is buy-and-hold. 

So where does this leave the minnows, the small investor who might be wondering if now is the time to think about cryptocurrency as an asset class to add to a pension or an ISA. Somebody looking to diversify out of equities. A prudent saver who thinks structured saving in a digital wallet is something that would add value to a retirement strategy. Where does the minnow look?

Currently if the minnow looks below the surface, at what the whales are doing, he or she would see something very interesting. Since 19 May's price crash, the bottom feeding whales have been hoovering up BTC. Quite simply, they are ‘buying the dip’ – as the sardines rushed to sell, the whales were happy to hunt in the bargain basement. They have been accumulating wealth.

To my mind, the smart, forward thinking retail investor, with a buy-and-hold mentality, might consider this a buying signal. In which case the question becomes how to dip a toe in the water. 

This article was contributed by Katharine Wooller, Managing Director, Dacxi UK and Ireland

Dacxi has established one of the UK’s leading cryptocurrency wealth platforms, where small to medium investors can buy individual coins or ‘bundles’ of Blue Chip or selected altcoins to build a diversified cryptocurrency wallet.

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