FinTech Update: February 2019

Acorns lands $105M Funding Round On January 28, Acorns Grow Inc. completed a $105M funding round led by NBCUniversal and the Venture Capital arm of Comcast. Their investments were a surprise to many, but it appears CNBC will help produce personal finance videos for the Acorns app, which challenges the notion that millennials don’t save…

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FinTech Update: January 2019

Robinhood announces Checking & Savings Accounts Cash Management Platform Earlier this month, Robinhood made one of its biggest announcements to date: Robinhood Checking & Savings, a new banking service built into the app that would pay users 3% annual interest, with no fees or minimum deposits, and it would all be protected by the SIPC (Securities Investor Protection Coorporation).…

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FinTech Update: December 2018

Coinbase Lists Basic Attention Token (BAT) Basic Attention Token is the latest coin to be integrated by Coinbase as they make a push to offer users more assets. Coinbase also allows users to buy and sell Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin, ZRX, and USDC So why did they pick BAT? Basic Attention Token…

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FinTech Update: November 2018

Deutsche Bank Opens its IT Systems This month, Deutsche announced it would open its API software and allow third-party providers, namely fintechs, to utilize their client data in application development. They actually began this program in 2016 when they hosted their API hackathon, allowing 14 teams to access their data for use in the competition.…

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9/22 FinTech Update

JP Morgan Launches Trading App JP Morgan recently announced its new trading app, “You Invest”, focused on millennials that are interested in investing but don’t want to pay hefty fees. Whereas the Robinhood’s of the world offer a simplistic product at no cost, JP Morgan will leverage its equity research and integrate it into the…

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8/16 FinTech Update

FinTech takes on Consumer Lending Subprime credit-card lending is nothing new. Banks have historically generated significant revenue by lending to consumers with bad credit, but that’s changing as young consumers are increasingly wary of the dangers of accumulating credit card debt. Instead, Americans now prefer to limit general debt and take out point-of-sale loans on…

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7/29 FinTech Update

Welcome to the first FinTech Update! In this series we will post bi-weekly updates on developments in fintech. For extended analyses, look out for our research articles coming soon. With that said, let’s get right into it: Paidy raises $55m Series C Japanese startup Paidy has just raised an additional $55 million in funding, adding…

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