This week's editors' picks include a Data Dispatch on the Big Four's projected fourth-quarter 2018 earnings performance and a feature on the financial technology M&A environment in 2018.
Powell: Fed 'waiting and watching' to see how economy performs
Despite financial markets pricing in a pessimistic view of U.S. economic growth, incoming data does not show "any evidence of a slowdown," Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said.
Lower earnings likely for biggest banks in Q4'18
Fourth-quarter 2018 earnings at big banks could be hampered by lower fee growth and deposit cost concerns that might overshadow loan growth.
2018 leaves bank investors bruised, searching for value
U.S. bank stocks just recorded their worst annual performance in seven years, and investors looking for cover might be wise to put their money behind strong deposit franchises.
With cash to burn, private equity pushed up fintech M&A pricing in '18
Almost half of the largest financial technology deals in 2018 were private equity buyouts, and that might continue in 2019.
Stripe tops list of highest-valued US fintech startups
Stripe Inc.'s $20 billion valuation made it the leader in our ranking of private U.S. financial technology startups in terms of implied value.