🤑 America's new most valuable startup

And the winner is... | Extended Stay offers turndown service |

Hey Reader, you’re on the free edition of Finimize.
Upgrade to Premium: no ads, a third story every day, free events, and loads more on our mobile app. Start for free here

SPONSORED BY

Hi Reader, here's what you need to know for March 16th in 3:08 minutes.

😎 Ever thought about hosting one our events, but weren’t sure how to get involved? Wonder no more: just get in touch, and you’ll be leading fascinating conversations, meeting great new people, and impressing your boss in no time. Apply here

Today's big stories

  1. Stripe’s value has almost tripled in the past year, making the payment company America’s most valuable startup
  2. Some of the world's biggest investors have revealed some of their more unusual investing picks for this quarter – Read Now
  3. Two investment companies agreed to buy hotel operator Extended Stay America

Antisocial Life

Antisocial Life

What’s Going On Here?

Stripe’s been keeping busy in lockdown even if you haven’t: the payments company announced over the weekend that its value has almost tripled in the last year (tweet this).

What Does This Mean?

Stripe sells software that enables its many business customers – including Amazon, Uber, and Instacart – to accept online payments. And while the company doesn’t say exactly how many transactions those customers are making, it has revealed that more than 50 of them each use its platform to process over $1 billion a year. Consider then the recent surge in online shopping, and Stripe’s new valuation might not come as much of a surprise: it jumped from $36 billion in April last year to $95 billion in its latest fundraising round.

That officially makes it America’s most valuable private startup, and the company reckons it’s just getting started: analysts are expecting only 15% of shopping in the US to be online this year, and 13% in Europe – leaving plenty of room for Stripe to keep growing.

Why Should I Care?

Zooming in: A company’s only as promising as its future plans.
Stripe has bigger ambitions than just expanding its payments business, mind you: the company announced in December that it’d be expanding its business lending platform, as well as teaming up with investment banks like Goldman Sachs and Citigroup to offer checking accounts for its online business customers. It’s probably hoping this broader offering will give it a competitive edge in the fast-growing – and cutthroat – payments industry.

For you personally: How to profit from the uptick in digital payments.
Stripe is notoriously tightlipped about when it might list on the stock market, but there are plenty of other publicly available options to tide you over in the meantime: PayPal, Square, and Adyen have, on average, seen their share prices climb more than four times as much as traditional banks and payment companies – think Visa and Mastercard – over the last twelve months.

You might also like: How to find the next Stripe.

Copy to share story: https://www.finimize.com/wp/news/antisocial-life/

🙋 Ask a question

2. Analyst Take

Three Off-The-Beaten-Track Investment Opportunities

What’s Going On Here?

Stock markets hit record highs last week, and while bond yields have risen recently, they’re still close to record lows.

That’s made it harder for you – and even institutional investors – to make decent returns.

It’s also made Bloomberg’s survey into where the professionals see the biggest opportunities so much more valuable right now.

Their responses often throw up not-so-obvious investment ideas – and three of the current crop in particular are worth a closer look.

That’s us today: what those off-the-beaten-track investment ideas are, and the risks we’ve spotted that the pros won’t tell you about.

Read or listen to the Insight here

SPONSORED BY YIELDSTREET

The art of diversifying your portfolio

So you want a robust, diversified portfolio designed to generate passive income.

Well then, you’ll need access to the kind of investment opportunities professional investors have.

With Yieldstreet, you’ll open the door to previously hard-to-access alternative investments in real estate, art, aviation, legal finance, and more.

Yieldstreet’s alternative investments – ones professional investors have been getting for years – are carefully vetted and collateral-backed to help create predictable and diverse income streams.

That, along with Yieldstreet’s investor-first mentality, has led Yieldstreet’s investors to invest over $1.5 billion through its platform.

Investments start at just $1,000: diversify your portfolio today.

Find Out More

Get A Room

Get A Room

What’s Going On Here?

Two major investment firms agreed to buy hotel operator Extended Stay America on Monday, in hopes that getting into bed together will lead to a good time.

What Does This Mean?

The hotel industry hasn’t exactly been doing well recently, but investment firms Blackstone and Starwood seem to think it’s only a matter of time before travel – and by extension hospitality – picks back up. So much so, in fact, that they offered to pay $6 billion for Extended Stay – 15% more than the company was worth on Friday, and the biggest sale the hotel sector’s seen since the pandemic began. And there are signs they’re right to be so optimistic: Friday was the busiest day for American airlines since March last year.

Why Should I Care?

For markets: Affordability and long stays are the key. 
Extended Stay has something else working in its favor: the hotel chain offers, well, extended stays at reasonable prices, meaning it tends to attract guests no matter how the economy’s doing. In fact, it managed to fill 75% of its rooms on average last year, even as the rest of America’s hotels only filled 44% of theirs. That might be one of the reasons why its shares have gained 30% since February last year, compared to just 2% and 12% for giant rivals Marriott and Hilton respectively.

The bigger picture: You might’ve missed your chance with the travel sector.
Get the sanitizer, because the travel bug seems to have spread across the Atlantic: one major index of European travel and leisure stocks erased all its pandemic losses and reached an all-time high on Monday. That’s not to say there are no cheap stocks in the travel sector any more, but they might be cheap for good reason: airline stocks, for example, are still some way off pre-pandemic highs, but they’re burning through cash and have a lot of government debt to repay.

Copy to share story: https://www.finimize.com/wp/news/get-a-room/

🙋 Ask a question

💬 Quote of the day

“Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.”

– Mark Twain (an American writer, humorist, and entrepreneur)
Tweet this

SPONSORED BY ONJUNO

Don’t let your inflation reduce your savings

OnJuno customers are earning over $650 per year just from their savings, so make sure you sign up today.

You’ll earn 2.15% on your deposits with OnJuno’s personal checking account – over 20 times the US average.

You’ll get 5% cashback every time you spend on your favorite major brands too: think Spotify, Netflix, Amazon, Walmart, DoorDash. That adds up to some big kickbacks.

Throw in responsive customer support and a beautiful app that connects to all the top investing platforms, and you’ll be in business.

Hidden fees? A minimum balance? Days-long setup? Nope, none of those.

It’ll take you five minutes to join, and it’s free to get started.

Join For Free

📚 What we're reading

  • Read this if your Instagram is public (Fast Company)
  • Reinventing sleepwear for the modern woman (Lunya)*
  • How to grow a brand new body (Live Science)
  • The case against daylight savings (The Verge)

🌎 Finimize Events

💪 Build back better

It’s no secret that this recession has disproportionately affected women, but it’s also presented a clean-slate opportunity to rebuild a fairer economy from here on out. So just find out how to spot the next big female-fronted companies at The Possibilities of a She-covery, and you’ll be in business.

🌍 Thematic Investing with VanEck CEO: 6pm UK Time, March 16th
🕶 Investing in Virtual Reality & 5G: 6pm NYC Time, March 16th
👌 The Three Most Important Metrics In Investing: 6pm UK Time, March 18th
💉 Investing In Healthcare: 6pm UK Time, March 22nd
👩‍💻 The Possibilities of a She-covery: 1pm UK Time, March 25th
🤑 A Guide To Crypto In 2021: 6pm UK Time, March 25th
🎙 Finimize Monthly Town Hall: 1.30pm UK Time, March 26th
🔥 The Wonderful World Of SPACs: 2.30pm NYC Time, March 26th
😎 Crowdfund Club: 6pm UK Time, March 30th
😡 The Influence of Behavior on Investing: 5pm UK Time, March 31st
♻️ ESG: The Environmental Perspective: 6pm UK Time, March 31st
🚀 The Rise Of The Retail Investor: 9pm Hong Kong Time, April 6th
👀 How to Spot the Next Bitcoin: 12pm NYC Time, April 7th
💵 The Surge In Digital Payments: 6pm UK Time, April 8th

❤️ Share with a friendYour Referrals: 0

Thanks for reading Reader. If you liked today's brief, we'd love for you to share it with a friend. If they sign up on your unique link, you’ll earn some sweet swag.

Share your unique link:

https://finimize.com/invite/?kid=177ZWC

You stay classy, Reader 😉

We’d love to hear your thoughts. Give feedback

Want to advertise with us too? Get in touch

Image Credits:

Image credits: Roman3dArt - Shutterstock | Dragon Images - Shutterstock

Preferences:

Update your email or change preferences

View in browser

Unsubscribe from all Finimize Emails

😴

Crafted by Finimize Ltd. | Third Floor, 1 New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1AN, UK.

All content provided by Finimize Ltd. is for informational and educational purposes only and is not meant to represent trade or investment recommendations. You signed up to this mailing list at finimize.com or through one of our partners. © Finimize 2020

View Online

Older messages

🤩 Psychedelics are dope

Sunday, March 14, 2021

JD.com added good results to its basket | Burberry sure is fancy | Hey Reader, you're on the free edition of Finimize. Upgrade to Premium: no ads, a third story every day, free events, and loads

💅 BlackRock: gold is pointless

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Precious metal? Good one | ECB takes back control | Hey Reader, you're on the free edition of Finimize. Upgrade to Premium: no ads, a third story every day, free events, and loads more on our

📈 Game on, Roblox

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Way to Ro | Adidas wants your clicks | Hey Reader, you're on the free edition of Finimize. Upgrade to Premium: no ads, a third story every day, free events, and loads more on our mobile app. Start

🏀 Tech stocks bounce back

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

You almost had us there | Let the big growth roll | Hey Reader, you're on the free edition of Finimize. Upgrade to Premium: no ads, a third story every day, free events, and loads more on our

💥 Oil goes boom

Monday, March 8, 2021

New drone, who dis? | Here come the IPOs | Hey Reader, you're on the free edition of Finimize. Upgrade to Premium: no ads, a third story every day, free events, and loads more on our mobile app.

Mark Your Calendar: This Week's Lineup

Monday, June 21, 2021

Including: Career checkups, summer spending, and more. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

🏅 Goldman's commodity play

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Finimize gets spooky | Groceries deliver | TOGETHER WITH Hi Reader, here's what you need to know for June 21st in 3:07 minutes. 👴 This ain't your daddy's 60/40 portfolio. Join

Longreads + Open Thread

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Logistics, History (x2), Privacy, Softbank, Bell Labs ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Introducing the New Money

Saturday, June 19, 2021

We Have a Fresh Look and New Features June 19, 2021 Hello Money Readers! For the last 18 months, we have been investing heavily behind the scenes to bring you the newest chapter in our storied history

Hazardous to your health

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Bloomberg Follow Us Get the newsletter The return-to-office trickle is becoming a steady flow back into plastic-lined cubicles. Goldman Sachs unveiled the most aggressive Wall Street effort yet to

Drivers Got More Reckless During COVID-19. Now, Your Car Insurance Rates May Rise as a Result

Saturday, June 19, 2021

The good news: There are ways to lower your costs. June 19, 2021 INSURANCE Drivers Got More Reckless During COVID-19. Now, Your Car Insurance Rates May Rise as a Result The good news: There are ways to

Fed sends investors fleeing

Friday, June 18, 2021

Bloomberg It was another rough day for US markets. The S&P fell 1.9% in the biggest weekly drop since February, extending a bout of volatility ignited by surprise hawkishness at the Federal Reserve

How a Delay of Just One Year Affects Your Retirement Savings

Friday, June 18, 2021

Public Servant Student Loan Forgiveness delays June 18, 2021 At the beginning of my career, I made so little that I didn't participate in the 401(k) of the small community newspaper where I worked.

Shifting the Curve: Why Climate Matters More

Friday, June 18, 2021

Plus! Online-to-Offline; Consolidation; Unintended Consequences; Supply Chains as Banking Systems; International Software Nationalism ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

FTT Special: Celebrating Juneteenth

Friday, June 18, 2021

​ ​ Hi all, Jillian here. In June of 2020, there was a national awakening with regard to many of the injustices that the Black community face. Much of the discussion and outcry was rightfully centered