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Our friends at Wharton FinTech break down the opportunity for fintech startups to disrupt the insurance industry. 

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Banks weigh up cost of keeping staff in London

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CommonBond Picks Up $275 Million In New Lending Capacity

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Big Banks Start to Embrace Startups

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There are stronger arguments in favor of bitcoin in 2016 than against it. 

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