Hi all, Julie here.
I’ve touched on my home buying frustrations here a bit (in case you weren’t aware, Austin...and basically everywhere...is seeing a huge increase in home prices). This new podcast from the two people that hired me to work at Bloomberg was SO GOOD. They break down all the craziness of the housing market and what to expect next.
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Dave Does A SPAC
Dave, the banking startup backed by Mark Cuban, said it’s going public via a SPAC. Word on the street is you got early access to shares if you buy with Dogecoin (I’m kidding). The merger will value Dave at $4B. I’d assume that after seeing SoFi do fairly well in its recent SPAC, the company and the sponsor decided the time was now. Here’s a link to the full investor presentation, as well as a slide below with some interesting stats. Like many others in the space, there was a nice boost to growth during the pandemic when everything went digital. While Dave is obviously acquiring a lot of customers, the big question is whether or not the unit economics work. This presentation didn’t make me a believer, but I’m willing to be proven wrong.
Visa and Goldman Partner
Visa and Goldman are partnering to help businesses move money faster around the globe with Visa B2B Connect and Visa Direct Payouts solutions. The two companies say this means Goldman’s corporate clients will be able to “move funds quickly and securely, have near real-time visibility into their payment status, obtain necessary reconciliation and compliance data, ultimately helping improve organizations’ cash flow.” B2B Connect is a cross border payments network available in nearly 100 markets that can help optimize payments for businesses. Visa’s Direct Payouts solution will increase the number of payment options Goldman can offer its clients and help make smaller, more frequent payouts less complex.
All very interesting developments given the focus we’ve had on fast, global money movement over the past 12-18 months in particular. I hosted an event recently with Matt Harris of Bain and Stephany Kirkpatrick of Orum that discusses this topic a lot. It’s up on our YouTube channel if you want to go back and learn more.
Payment For Order Flow Changes
FTT Expert John Collins is going to dive deeper into this later this week for our FTT+ subscribers so I don’t want to steal his thunder, but SEC Chair Gary Gensler told WSJ conference attendees that payment for order flow is on his radar. So far there aren’t many details on what kind of changes the SEC might be drafting up for review, but this bears close attention.
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