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Northwestern Mutual acquires LearnVest, the financial planning startup

Nice move! Think was smart when they started that they did not include the female focus in their name, to allow for a broader focus!

After six years of operation, the New York startup sells for more than $250 million. Betting big on personalized financial planning,...…

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The Google Pony Express

Step by Step the Social companies are eating banks relationships with their customers, from payments to comparison to handling their...

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Present at Y Combinator’s Demo Day

The latest YC Demo Day included 114 companies of which 9 were fintech.

* Bankjoy, a white label mobile banking platform for credit...

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UK online banking fraud losses soar 48%

Customer experience benefitted from digital....fraudcosts not really

Online banking fraud jumped 48% to £60.4 million in 2014, according to figures put together by Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK), which...…

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Yodlee partners FinTech SandBox programme

The FinTech Sandbox, cemented a deal with Yodlee, the deal will allow fintech startups in the 6-month program to access a rich and...

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CONSUMER FINANCE STARTUP KREDITECH BREACHED

Kreditech was compromised last November after hackers posted the personal and financial records of thousands users. Though deemed an...

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The message is the medium and the future

This is how disruption looks like, great chart and article from the economist

Messaging services are rapidly growing beyond online chat “I PROPOSE, if and when found, to take him by his beastly neck, shake him...…

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Finance More: Mobile Banking Payments Many Americans making mobile payments don't consider themselve

This should be worrying for banks...if customers do not see payments as payments anymore...what if banking is not be seen as banking

This chart comes from the Federal Reserve's new report on mobile banking. In most of these categories, people who claim not to be...…

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Here’s Why Facebook Messenger Won’t Beat Snapchat In The Mobile Payment Wars

Nice article....expect we will see many of these articles on who on the players will win....for sure the consumer

It’s taken Facebook years to figure out the right questions to ask to get its users’ payment information. Rival Snapchat got the jump on...…

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German FinTech Overview – Unbundling Banks

Nice overview of the german FinTech scene

See list of URL's of the companies on the website

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Disruptors’ $4trn fortune

Great reports last weeks from Goldman re FinTech, Bitcoin and implications for the sector!

How much do finance incumbents stand to lose tech disruptors? A lot, according to Goldman Sachs. Over $4 trillion in addressable...…

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Disrupting Banking: The FinTech Startups That Are Unbundling Wells Fargo, Citi and Bank of America

nice example although not unique of the unbundling

Traditional banks are under attack from a number of emerging specialist startups. Here are the FinTech startups unbundling banking.

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Think Like a Venture Capitalist': Tips for Banks in the Digital Age

May be think like one. in running your portfolio and business.....but think to many are trying to become one....

A wave of digital startups in financial services are waging war on behalf of dissatisfied bank customers. With their low-cost structure...…

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Bitcoin technology offers clarity for derivatives

Market of smart contracts is Huge, some interesting start-ups emerging here, big opportunity!

Some of the world’s largest investment banks are considering using bitcoin technology to revolutionise the $700 trillion global...…

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Barclays unveils latest fintech stars

For those interested, overview of the Barclays Fintech cohort

Fintech is an incredibly diverse world — something that is borne out by the rich variety of the start-ups that are to receive a helping...…

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Square Cash Opens to Businesses, Introducing $Cashtags

...and the winner is....the consumer!

Just days after Facebook sent shock waves through the peer-to-peer payments world, Square announced $cashtags, simple addresses that will...…

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Is Facebook Paying $0 for Payment Processing?

Payments will be a commodity....question is not if, but speed, especially for international B2B payments. Domestic C2C payments are the...

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How Many Mutual Funds Routinely Rout the Market? Zero

The bull market is six years old this week and a recent study has added to the considerable body of evidence that suggests most people...

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Salesforce Bets On Banking Software

Finally! SaaS and cloud solutions to open up for Banking at scale! The recent financing will fund an a team who will work to expand the...

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Fundbox, a company that loans businesses money for outstanding invoice payments, has raised $40 mill

Fundbox, a company that loans businesses money for outstanding invoice payments, has raised $40 million. The market for Suppy Chain...

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Funds Run by Robots Now Account for $400 Billion

In the exchange traded fund (ETF) industry, alternative or smart-beta ETFs have experienced a rapid ascent as investors capitalize on...

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How to eat a banker’s lunch

Interesting overview!

Bruce Packard over at the Lafferty group has an upcoming report on the fintech disruption that's about to hit the traditional banking...…

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We don’t need cash. Let’s abolish it outright Ed Conway

The abolishment of cash in the uk....let's start with having all taxi drivers in London accept cards....

Facing negative interest rates, people are stockpiling money in warehouses. Better that we take a more radical approach I hate to pry,...…

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LendingHome raises $70M for online real estate investment platform

Next wave of Lending disruption....Real Estate finance including mortgages!

LendingHome, co-founded by President James Herbert, disclosed on Friday that it raised $70 million in new funding less than a year after...…

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Blythe Masters becomes CEO of Decentralized Equities/Currency Startup Digital Asset Holdings

Blockchain/bitcoin utilization makes an important, if inevitable pivot with companies like DAH using it to optimize securities trading....

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Finance novice beats Hedge funds

Not really Tech, but interesting article

What does it take to break into the lucrative world of hedge funds? It’s a question that countless Wall Street up-and-comers would love...…

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That 80% of BTC may be traded for Chinese currency...

That 80% of BTC may be traded for Chinese currency is interesting for a number of reasons. Officially, the Chinese government prohibits...

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5 major misconceptions about cryptocurrencies

Nice read

If life has gotten dull and you want to liven things up a little, bring up the topic of cryptocurrency in a crowded room and you'll soon...…

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IBM in talks with central banks about blockchain adoption

At some point this portfolio of initiatives to crack the payment system should work and I guess it will be a snowball effect given the...

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Halifax trials heartbeat authentication technology

Fingerprint on top of a device to identify yourselve via your heartbeat....I guess apple can do the same overnight....by measuring the...

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EU Parliament approves interchange fee caps

EU regulators voted overwhelmingly in favor (621 to 26) of placing a fee cap on consumer cards, which once implemented the new rules...

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API - commoditizing and eating Financial Services

How Financial Software Companies are Monetizing APIs - Great article and overview

As e-commerce grows, ePayments and mobile payments become the norm around the world. Innovative companies understood that data feeds and...…

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The Lending Marketplace

Nice overview

Marketplace lending is a growing and increasingly complex ecosystem. Making sense of all the various players and the ways they connect...…

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Are we going through a Kodak/Nokia moment in banking?

Great article!

A brainstorming session with a group of banks raised this question: are we going through a Kodak moment in banking?  Are we seeing a...…

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Wealthfront: 2 Bn, 2 years , 20X growth

2 Years. 20x Growth. $2 Billion....and profitability kicks in at......?

“A revolution is coming — a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we...…

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Capitalizing on Asia’s digital-banking boom

Ineteresting facts on the Asian pick-up of Digital by consumers. Developing Asia and Northen Europe are best "testing grounds" for...

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The Eight Most Common Big Data Myths

Interesting read, in short according to the author the eight Big Data Myths are:

#1: It’s Big

#2: You need to apply it right away

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WHAT MILLENNIALS WANT (OR, HOW YOU CAN WIN THEIR BUSINESS)

Interesting read on the future customer base of financials

Millennials are still in the very early stages of market participation: those under 35 own just 4% of mutual fund assets, but the 80-90...…

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PayPal further plants its international mobile payments flag, partnering with 1,000 UK Shell gas sta

Partnerships continue to evolve. Linking loyalty and payments

Consumers around the world have finally awoken to the potential of a mobile payments-powered world. Apple Pay is getting a fair amount of...…

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Milenials - some nice facts

Good report on the segment all try to grasp and understand and serve

One of the largest generations in history is about to move into its prime spending years. Millennials are poised to reshape the economy;...…

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Top 130 Fintech startups

Nice overview and links for this interested in databases

Did you know that there are more than 1,000 Fintech startups? Actually, there may well be more than 5,000, but there are at least a few...…

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How many companies are shaping the future of crypto-tech computing, decentralized services, cryptocu

Nice overview chart

I spent the last month combing and classifying through the crypto-technology market, and what started like a 3-day spreadsheet...…

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Fraud Comes to Apple Pay

Apple pay has 60x higher fraud rates!

Some banks are seeing a growing incidence of fraud on Apple’s mobile-payment service as criminals exploit vulnerabilities in the...…

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Cryptocurrency Technology Set to Shake Up Correspondent Banking

It is a hard battle but will happen...the replacement of the correspondent banking network

If banks can't beat cryptocurrencies, they might as well join them. That seemed to be the consensus at a Tuesday panel on...…

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The Rise of Hedge Funds and Mutual Funds in Tech Startup Investing in Two Charts

The Growth capital stage is getting crowded, family offices, Funds, Hedge Funds....

In the U.S., Tiger Global and T. Rowe Price are leading the charge among hedge funds and mutual funds investing in tech startups. Here's...…

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Social Finance Said to Aim for $3.5 Billion Valuation in ’15 IPO

Another multibillion IPO...when do the European Lending exits begin?

People walk through the Stanford University campus. Social Finance Inc., with 200 employees, started in 2011 as a peer-to-peer lending...…

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Line Expands Mobile Payment Service

The battle for the consumer. Also Visa seems stepping up its partnerships to secure a spot. ApplePay, AliPay, Samsung and also...

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FinTech Sandbox lets startups play with data for free

Commoidatisation of Financial Services...starts with starts-ups, but than small banks will follow.

A New non-profit programme offering fintech startups free access to data feeds and APIs from providers such as Thomson Reuters and...…

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TransferWise founders brave New York cold for naked 'nothing to hide' publicity stunt

The journey continues...big question is what point volume translates into profitability....and what if Banks drop FX margins...

TransferWiseJust weeks after landing a $58 million funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz, TransferWise founders Taavet Hinrikus and...…

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BBVA vaults hoard data instead of gold

More commonly filled with gold, the vaults of Spanish bank BBVA are safeguarding swaths of data. BBVA has established itself as one of...

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The Gloomy Future Of The Tax Preparation Industry

The tax prep industry is likely to continue to thrive, but tax professionals at both large and small firms can expect competition to...

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Schwab spills robo-beans to Wall Street, including a Schwab Bank wrinkle, cannibalization rates and

The 400 Bn opportunity Schwaps is targeting and how they approach ROBO...big question is whether they can still successfully do 6 years...

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Insurers prove laggards in technology raceIs your pension firm ready to give you full access to your money?

New UK regulations that come into effect on April 6th have led to Insurance giants Aegon, Aviva, Scottish Widows, Standard Life and...

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Nutmeg aims to shake up Sipps with pension launch

Nutmeg, a UK based online investment manager, is taking on some of the big boys in the UK Sipps (self-managed pension) market.

Nutmeg is seeking to take on the likes of Hargreaves Lansdown in the Sipp market with the launch of a pension product. The online...…

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Are Savings Apps, Like Digit and Acorns, Better Than Savings Accounts?

How do Digit and Acorn differ to simply setting up automatic fund transfers at a bank?

You know you should be saving consistently, but you just can't seem to remember to do it. Automating your finances -- meaning you set up...…

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A Ripple based Remittance useless

Great interview with Marco Montes, founder of Saldo.mx, about using Ripple to send money to Mexico. Interesting note: Saldo charges 7%,...

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Young people boost UK pensions to 17-year high Huge rise

Last year there was a large increase in UK pension participation driven mostly by people in their 20s. 59% of employees saved money...

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Fintech 1,000 Landscape Report: Programmable Bank

The commodotization of Banking to date, mainly attackers and non-banks use the API's

This Landscape Report could also be called Bank APIs. I like the name Programmable Bank because it resonates with Programmable Web.  It...…

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A $29 Million Bet On Banking Software

Huge opportunity: Banking software!

nCino just raised $29 million in growth capital from top venture firm Insight Venture Partners. Only in its third year of operation,...…

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Financial Technology: What are the most disruptive financial technology startups?

Good read and interesting overview!

Financial technology is innovating in and disrupting an expanding number of areas in the financial sector. The list below is meant to be...…

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FN Fintech Focus: Mapping Europe’s alternative finance sector

Interesting map and facts on European Alternative lending space

This week consultant EY and the University of Cambridge published a report on Europe’s alternative finance market, highlighting its...…

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Who is Marie Quantier?

Wealth Innovation in France, interesting interview with the founder

Hamel is on a mission to disrupt the wealth management industry in France. His intention is to make Marie Quantier, the robo-advisory...…

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Do you know what your stuff’s worth? Trov raises $6.5M to reinvent insurance for the mobile generati

Millenials solutions are hot these days, Itembase and others are trying to approach same opportunity from a different angle. To date...

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Softcard confirms shut down

Innovation is followed by consolidation, domestic payments seem to enter this stage. Interesting to see how telco owned financial...

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Airbnb's Verified ID helps create a connection between the person’s online and offline ID

Great use case of off and online Id matching

Airbnb puts the “unique” into travel by connecting private owners renting out a room, apartment, castle, or villa to travelers staying a...…

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