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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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Young people boost UK pensions to 17-year high

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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"This is one of the few newsletters that I read every week, without exception."

"Incredibly high quality, on-point; stuff I don't...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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