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I | Schwab spills robo-beans to Wall Street

This is a good re-read, in the context of Mark Casady's comments this week (part II) and the Envestnet-Upside acquisition (part III).

"Schwab’s robo-effort remains a subject of some fascination for us. Schwab has started an RIA that charges no fees but tells the SEC...…

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FCC approves net neutrality rules for 'open internet'

A free and open internet is the better side of the coin for anyone looking to innovate in the financial space. To steal a line from USV

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Young people boost UK pensions to 17-year high

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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.

Clients are able to transfer existing pensions from other providers, with the option of consolidating all of their personal pension pots...…

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Accenture Survey Shows Digital Investing Tools AreDisrupting the European Investor-Advisor Relation

Nothing earth shattering that we didn't already know in this report (attached), but its always good to see stats. These come from a...

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Gemalto findings from its investigations into the alleged hacking of SIM card encryption keys

Gemalto, confirmed that it now has “reasonable grounds” to believe that the NSA and GCHQ did indeed hack its network in 2010-2011....

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Box's latest vertical package is financial services

Box's CEO Aaron Levie believes that the financial industry (its latest vertical) requires a lot of collaboration. However, regulatory...

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Amex ruling may not help consumers

The federal court's ruling against Amex may not have its desired effect of reducing prices for consumers. Andrew Sorkin's article...

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Robocoin Announces its "Coin SDK" turning any ATM into a Bitcoin ATM

This is pretty incredible: until now, only specialized "BTMs" (Bitcoin Teller Machines) have enabled customers the usual ATM experience...

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Obama takes aim at brokers' fees on retirement accounts

Obama is submitting a set of proposed rules for advisers and brokers. The rules come at at time when retirement accounts should grow...

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Are savings apps, like Digit and Acorn, better than savings accounts?

Digit and Acorn, look to help you start saving by analyzing your purchases and remitting money to a savings or investment account. But...

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Commerce.Innovated from MasterCard and Silicon Valley Bank returns

MasterCard and SVB have brought back their four-month virtual program- Commerce.Innovated. The program intends to help grow...

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Meet Saldo.mx: the First Remittance Company using the Ripple Protocol

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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Marketplace lending is doing what banks can’t

Why is marketplace lending so successful? It's filling a gap that large banks have created following the 2008/2009 financial crisis....

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2014 was a Gold Rush year for online marketplace lending

After online marketplace lending took 2014 by storm, American Banker devoted its "Innovation of the Year" article to breaking down this...

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GUEST POST | CEO of CommonBond | Tales from ABS Vegas 2015

by David Klein

Last week over 6,000 attendees descended upon Vegas for the biggest securitization conference in finance....

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When Boomers Rule The World - Again

A great article by the Atlantic that highlights how the US retirement asset landscape is changing as the Boomers become the first...

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Intuit’s Online Subscribers Rise as Users Shift to Web

Shrugging off the recent effects of its TurboTax issues, Intuit's stock rose on the sharp increase in the number of online subscribers...

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Samsung's LoopPay: What it is, and why you should care

If you have never played with the Kickstarter funded LoopPay, the following article does a good job of explaining how it works -...

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Betterment raises an additional $60m

Betterment, the automated investment platform, has raised another round of financing from private equity firm Francisco partners. The...

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Lending Club's loose door policy

Lending Club has cut some great deals with big names such as Alibaba and Google. Most recently they have established an agreement...

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The billion dollar startup club

Today at least 73 private companies are valued at $1 billion by venture capital investors. Last year, 48 companies entered that...

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Bitcoin technology offers clarity for derivatives

Six years post Lehman's collapse, administrators are still attempting to unwind all the associated trades in place at the time. The...

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Tyro, the Australian payments company, wants the regulators to help fintech startups disrupt the banks

The CEO of Australian payments company Tyro is concerned that the country's banks are picking and choosing which fintech innovations...

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Why Africa may be on the verge of an Internet boom

A string of startups aimed at the Nigerian market have attracted huge VC backing, and many believe their success could spur on the region.

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GuardVest Aims to Shine a Light on Investment Fees

While companies like Wealthfront and Personal Capital are tackling the fee problem by taking financial advising into their own hands,...

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Accenture's 2015 tech vision: ‘Digital Ecosystems’ re-shaping markets and creating the “We Economy"

Accenture's annual outlook of global technology trends, highlights a shift to the “We Economy” that is re-shaping markets and will...

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French government pushes to make country a venture destination

The French government is placing bets in the country's startup ecosystem with the hope of persuading venture capitalists to take a...

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Keep an eye out for these Italian fintech startups

Italy, the motherland of the 'modern' banking system, is sprouting with innovative fintech startups. StartupItalia! has highlighted 9...

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A quantitative preview to the 6 Nations Rugby Championship

With the 6 Nations Championship underway, here is a preview of the rugby tournament based on private equity and startup data. England...

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Tech, a crucial battleground in rugby

Clive Woodward, England's former rugby coach, is Europe's Billy Beane. His radical approach of indoctrinating his players to use tech...

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AmEx-Costco divorce shakes up card industry

AmEx and Costco's 16-year deal is now coming to an end. One out of every 10 AmEx cards is a Costco card. The move has resulted in...

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CFPB regulating payday lending

The New Republic discuses the CFPB's role in regulating payday lending. The article illustrates the problems with payday lending and...

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Pre-revenue online marketplace, Jet, raises $140m

Quidsi's founder, Marc Lore, has locked his crosshairs on Amazon with his new online marketplace, Jet. The startup plans to use a...

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London tech investors look to mirror success of Silicon Valley

The FT analyzes the growing London VC space and potential for startups. It reveals that London's venture capital funds are...

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Lending experiences biggest increase in seven years

2014 was a big year for lending, as loan balances increased last year by $151.7b which was more than 2010 and 2011 combined. This has...

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More Cooperation needed to fight payments crime

Stephen Orfei of the PCI security standards council (founding brands include AmEx, Mastercard, and Visa) speaks on the importance of...

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MineralTree closes $11.1m Series B investment

For MineralTree's CEO, disruption in the accounts payable process is long overdue. Last year, companies spent ~$100b on writing and...

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Xignite APIs Now Powering +50 FinTech Ventures

If innovation is the engine of financial technology, data is surely the fuel. Does this make Xignite the driver? Stephane Dubois and...

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Line Buys Stripe-Like Japanese Startup WebPay To Boost Its Payments Service

Another messaging business (Korea's Line) has beefed up its payment capabilities this week by acquiring WebPay in Japan.

Line, which is owned by Korean internet giant Naver but operates as a Japanese company, is one of a number of messaging services to...…

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Alibaba's Ant Financial valued at $30bn amid funding talks

Ant Financial runs Alipay, China's most widely used online payment platform, and is controlled by Alibaba's Executive Chairman Jack Ma...

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A Rare Look Inside A Massive Bitcoin Mine

This short 9 minute video (with subtitles) from motherboard takes you on a tour of one of 6 bitcoin mines sequestered away in rural...

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LendingClub to power small banks in new consumer-loan program

Over the last 20 years, small banks' share of consumer loans has dropped from 70% to just under 10%. In a push to reverse this trend,...

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Bank spending on tech-BAU favors emerging tech cos

BAU = Business as Usual and that's the order of the day in most shops, along with cutting costs. As a result, most of the evolutionary...

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YellowPepper, Latam mobile wallet, raises $19m

South Florida-based startup YellowPepper is encouraging merchants to jump on the mobile commerce bandwagon. Last month, YellowPepper...

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CommonBond receives $150m from Nelnet Inc.

Nelnet Inc. , a Nebraska-based lending conglomerate holding over $25b in student loans, has invested an undisclosed amount in...

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What you should know about fintech and its positive powers

The Guardian initiated an online chat in which experts in financial technology addressed questions from readers. The summary covers...

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Knightmare: A DevOps Cautionary Tale

Having enough network traffic to bring down your server is normally a "good" problem to have, but the side effects of Knight Capital...

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5 reasons why Latin America is embracing mobile commerce

Some 22 million new users are expected to adopt mobile payments by the end of next year. Coupled with mobile penetration rates of...

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The Shrinking American Middle Class

This Pew study of household financial security in America finds a striking level of financial fragility Despite the national recovery.

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Is the vision for bitcoin beginning to fade?

Has bitcoin been a gigantic waste of electricity or is it still just early days for a technology that is trying to redefining how...

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The FT profiles how Watchdogs are homing in on FinTech

Watchdogs from around the world are gathering in Seoul later this month and on the agenda will be the disruptive impact of FinTech....

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PayPal's offline chief quits

PayPal, once an innovator in the world of FinTech, is struggling to take the industry forward. Will the firm be able to regain the...

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React Native - React.js goes mobile

There are already frameworks that allow you to use web technologies to build an iPhone app, but nothing quite like React Mobile. ...

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The IOT singularity: Docker for internet of things

Containers have gotten a lot of press for easing friction in the enterprise world of cloud tech. They are also poised to make...

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Traction for Apple Pay as it adds 15 more banks

A host of regional financial institutions, including BBVA Compass and Fifth Third Bank, now support Apple Pay. Moreover, Visa recently...

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Student loan startup SoFi becomes newest unicorn

It's official, another fintech company joins the unicorn club. With its most recent $200m raise, SoFi is valued around $1.3b. SoFi...

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Openfolio is interviewed by AlleyWatch

Openfolio was back in the press this week with an interview by AlleyWatch. The interview provides great insights on the founders, their...

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Watchdogs home in on financial technology

Regulators from the International Organization of Securities Commissions convene in Seoul this month, the disruptive impact of...

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Obama seeks $14b to boost cybersecurity defenses

Obama's budget proposal calls for deployment of intrusion detection and prevention capabilities, and a greater sharing of data with...

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Lending Club forms partnership with Alibaba

P2P lender, Lending Club, is making a big strategic move by partnering with the ecommerce giant, Alibaba, to provide financing to small...

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New York has a huge year in venture financing

2014 was a huge year for NYC's startup community, with over $4B poured into the city's tech scene. Consumer internet companies still...

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Insurance via internet is squeezing agents

Insurance is a $481 billion business and technology start-ups are looking to replace the role of agents. Furthermore, large...

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Over 75 real estate crowdfunding platforms

The number of Real estate crowdfunding platforms continues to grow. However, the development of internal systems and the formation of...

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60 seconds with Reorg Research's Kent Collier

The founder and CEO of our portfolio company, Reorg Research, was interviewed by Waters Technology. In the interview Kent gives a peek...

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