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Weekly research highlights 3 July 2020

Here is your digest of curated research reports from around the globe, to help you access essential thought leadership and insights in the state of the market today and the potential scenarios for the future. 

McKinsey has surveyed people across 30 countries, to assess their state of mind and ability to manage their finances, during the global Covid-19 pandemic and counter measures. It shows worries about the recovery of the economy as well as reduced income and further uncertainty. The image is very mixed towards financial services players, but in general the uptake of technology is increasing, especially in payments. Read more

 The IMF has published their World Economic Outlook this week, projecting global economic decline of 4,9% this year and global recovery of 5,4% in 2021. The figures vary much from continent to continent and country to country. The Euro area is expected to see a decline of 10,2% this year, followed by only a mild recovery of 6,0% next year. Read more

USA based sustainability expert Ceres issued a report, to urge insurance regulators to include climate change as systemic risk in their assessments of insurers. It nicely outlines the risks associated with climate change as well as the societal need for insurers to play their part in pushing their clients to a more sustainable path. Read more

Startup genome last week published their annual startup ecosystem report. Traditionally, Silicon Valley hits number 1 with a sturdy distance to the runners up, New York and London. Beijing is the place to be in Asia and on mainland Europe Stockholm and Amsterdam lead the pack. Read all about the success factors and local specialties. Read more.

Corporate Finance boutique Drakestar Partners has published a very nice overview report; The Rise of Wealthtech. The report contains many good insights in trends and numbers, as well as several financing and M&A deals.Wealth management is expected to see Assets under Management grow from $111.2 trillion in 2020 to $145.4 trillion in 2025 (+8.8% CAGR). Read more 

Plaid and Sifted collaborated on a nice report that describes the current status of Fintech: Fintech Unwrapped. It describes the several recent cases of fintech collaboration, and as it was written during Covid-19, it highlights the challenges that arose from there. Read more.

Infographic: Visualizing the Rise of Digital Payment Adoption – by Visual Capitalist

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