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A Missing Piece in China’s Economy: Consumer Credit Ratings

A lack of a single accepted standard, like FICO, is hampering access to credit for some 500 million potential Chinese borrowers.

That’s not good for China’s economy, as the government looks to consumer spending to provide more of the fuel for growth. And, as a rash...…

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The return of the stock picker

The FT's big read this week explores the return of the stock picker after a decade where Index funds have outperformed most equity managers.

But the skies are brightening. In the year to June 2017 over half of all US equity mutual funds outperformed their benchmarks, according...…

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SAP acquires Gigya

Germany based enterprise software giant SAP is reported to have purchased customer identity firm Gigya for a reported $350m. Gigya today...

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Koho raises $8m venture funding

Vancouver based financial management app Koho has raised $8m in new venture funding led by Portag3 Ventures. Koho is behind a smart...

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Stockpile secures $30m Series B

San Francisco based investment advisor Stockpile has raised $30m in Series B funding from investors including Mayfield, Arbor Ventures,...

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Chime raises $18m Series B

San Francisco based fee-less mobile bank Chime has raised $18m in Series B funding led by Cathay Innovation. Without monthly fees or...

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AICoin raises $3m ICO

Geneva based cryptocurrency investment vehicle AICoin has raised $3m through an initial coin offering. AICoin works as a collective...

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Cashplus raises £30m financing

London digital banking company Cashplus has raised £30m in debt financing from the Royal Bank of Scotland. Cashplus offers digital and...

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Lively raises $4.2m Seed round

San Francisco based Health Savings Account (HSA) platform Lively has raised $4.2m in Series Seed funding from investors including...

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All Aboard the Digital Train

Matt Miller, CEO of portfolio company Embroker, discusses how digital insurance distribution has the potential to better serve the needs...

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Activehours raises $39m Series B

Palo Alto based mobile payroll app Activehours has raised $39m in Series B funding led by Andreesen Horowitz. Activehours develops a...

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The Zebra raises $40m Series B

Texas based auto-insurance comparison site The Zebra has raised $40m in Series B funding led by Accel Partners. Zebra describes itself as...

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Clearcover raises $11.5m Series A

Chicago based insuretech company Clearcover has raised $11.5m in Series A funding led by Lightbank. Clearcover is a smarter insurance...

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Luno raises $9m Series B

London based cryptocurrency advisor Luno has raised $9m in Series B funding led by Balderton Capital. Luno makes it safe and easy for...

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Bankera raises €25m pre-ICO

Lithuania based digital bank Bankera has raised €25m in a pre-ICO funding round. Bankera is building a regulated bank for the blockchain...

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Netwealth raises £10m funding

London based online wealth management platform Netwealth has raised £10m in a second round of Angel funding from various angel investors....

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GoCardless raises $22.5m Series D

London based online payments startup GoCardless has raised $22.5m in Series D funding led by Accel Partners. GoCardless is a UK based...

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Finnomena secures $3.2m Series A

Bangkok based investment robo advisor Finnomena has raised $3.2m in Series A funding led by Krungsri Finnovate. Finnomena aim to unlock...

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Branch raises $2m

San Francisco based mobile lender for emerging markets Branch has raised $2m in debt financing from Nabo Capital. Branch eliminates the...

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HomeToken raises $3m pre-ICO

Malaysia based blockchain powered real estate investment platform HomeToken has raised $3 in pre-ICO funding from Southeast Asian...

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Raise secures $50m Series C

Chicago based online gift card marketplace Raise, who acquired portfolio company Slide, has secured $50m in Series C funding led by Accel...

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Ellevest raises $34.6m Series A

New York based investment advisor for women Ellevest has raised $34.6m in Series A funding led by Rethink Impact. The platform tailors...

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PayPal will fully integrate Swift Financial 'over the next year'

A little over one month after revealing plans to acquire the lender, PayPal has announced the deal is now complete. 

“Increasing access to capital is vital to the success of small businesses and is a strategic offering for PayPal, which drives merchants’...…

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Petal raises $3.6m Seed funding

New York based credit card-tech company Petal has raised $3.6m in Series Seed funding from investors including Brooklyn Bridge Ventures,...

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Google "accepts" Bitcoin with payment API update

In theory, the new functionality allows anyone that uses Google's Payment Request API to now accept bitcoin in their online stores.

According to Gaundry, the new functionality that enables bitcoin payments is meant for accepting future payment methods that don’t fall...…

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Should Equifax Be a Public Utility?

Bloomberg explore the fact that credit bureaus have little incentive to take hackers seriously and discusses if they should indeed become...

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Candor raises $3m Seed funding

Georgia, USA based blockchain leveraged health insurance platform Candor Insurance has raised $3m in Series Seed funding from undisclosed...

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PayJoy raises $6m funding

San Francisco based smartphone-enabled consumer financing platform PayJoy has raised $6m in an undisclosed financing round led by...

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Aventus raises $20m in ICO

London based blockchain ticketing platform Aventus has raised $20m through their Initial Coin Offering. Aventus, which has been dubbed...

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Neyber secures £100m

London based lending platform Neyber has received a £100m investment from Goldman Sachs. Neyber, founded in 2014 and launched in 2015,...

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Vestwell CEO named one to watch

Wealthmanagement.com has listed Aaron Schumm, CEO of portfolio company Vestwell as one of their 10 to watch in the world of wealth...

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Equifax CEO: ‘We will make changes’

Equifax's CEO and chairman Richard F. Smith has released a statement regarding the company's massive cybersecurity breach. 

Last Thursday evening we announced a cybersecurity breach potentially impacting 143 million U.S. consumers. It was a painful announcement...…

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SoFi CEO Cagney to step down

As the company attempts to move on from the allegations of inappropriate behavior towards women, Mike Cagney will step down as chairman...

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Jamie Dimon says bitcoin is a fraud

While most other Wall Street veterans are embracing the cyptocurrency, the JP Morgan CEO says bitcoin is "worse than tulip bulbs and it...

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CreditVidya raises $5m Series B

Mumbai based credit scoring platform CreditVidya has raised $5m in Series B funding led by Matrix Partners. CreditVidya is a startup that...

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