About Autonomous Research

Autonomous Research is a leading independent research provider on the financial sector. Founded in 2009, the firm has distinguished itself with in-depth, unbiased investment research on global banks, brokers, asset managers, insurance, information services, payment-technology, mortgage finance and consumer finance companies.  The firm has more than 35 highly experienced analysts, seeking to marry the big picture macro and thematic trends with bottom up investment selection. The firms offers in depth research and analysis, consistently leading the debate on key themes for stocks and markets. We are unique in offering integrated research, with no silos between equity and credit. In March 2019 Autonomous was acquired by Alliance Bernstein who represents the financial services research arm of Sanford C. Bernstein. Autonomous NEXT, the London-based Fintech practice within the firm, explores the impact of technology on the future of finance. 

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Matthew James Low

Research Associate, Fintech Strategy

Matt is a futurist and entrepreneur focused on the next generation of financial services. He specializes in Fintech Strategy at Autonomous Research, a leading research firm for the financial sector, helping clients understand and leverage innovation.

Matt is a founding member of TapTuck, a digital payment technology platform that is currently in its pre-seed phase. He is an active adviser to Spazapp, a digital financial services platform tailored specifically to the unbanked in Southern Africa.

Matt is a contributor of thought leadership to various Government representatives and Media players such as Bloomberg, WSJ, CNBC, Reuters, among others. He has spoken on the role of technology in the future of financial services at multiple conferences for various audiences.

Prior to Spazapp, Matt held a variety of strategy consulting roles touching Oil & Gas, Investment Banking, Big Tech, Government, and Healthcare at IBM and Elixirr Partners. He holds a Finance Honors & Economics degree from the University of Cape Town.

Firm History

2009: Founded in London as an independent research firm, specializing in European banks and insurers.

2012: Opened New York office and launched coverage on US financials.

2015: Opened Hong Kong office and launched coverage on Chinese financials and China macro.

2017: Launched Autonomous NEXT, a Fintech and innovation process, headquartered in the UK and available to global investors and financial firms 

2019: Autonomous was acquired by Alliance Bernstein in March 2019


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