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BlackRock carves niche in UK mortgages

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On Deck and Intuit run joint fund to back loans

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AIG, Hamilton, Two Sigma to Launch Small-Medium Business Insurance Joint Venture

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Reorg Research: Picking up Wall St.'s slack

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Artivest: Why roboadvisors won't make FAs redundant

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Docupace raises $16.5m venture round

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Featurespace raises $9m venture round

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Clarity Money raises $2.5m

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Smartkarma raises $4.7m venture round

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FinAccel raises seed financing

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Investree raises Series A funding

Jakarta based P2P lender raised an undisclosed amount from Kejora.

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DAO Raises lots of money, projects start coming in

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InsureTech firm Trōv launches with Suncorp in Oz

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NZ P2P insurance PeerCover fails to fly

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UBS giving bankers the opportunity to "take-two"

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