Fintech

    • Why Robinhood is launching a social network

      Robinhood is bringing investing under the social finance umbrella. The company behind the popular trading app launched a web platform Wednesday to help to deliver the second part of its mission to make stock trading accessible to everyday people: help them make more informed decisions. It’s adding tools, features and information on other users’ activity that makes the experien ...

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  • Why microinvesting app Acorns is trying to become a publisher

    … In the age of infinite content, every financial brand has a content marketing strategy. But Acorns, the popular microinvesting app, insists its online magazine is part of a much deeper mission to educate customers. In late 2015, Acorns hired Jennifer Barrett — who came from CNBC and has held various editorial roles covering personal finance…

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  • How Santander’s using first-party data to increase loyalty

    … Security concerns have shackled the use of customer data at banks. At Santander UK, however, restrictions are loosening after its marketing team proved that being adventurous with people’s data can deliver value. To convince its board to let marketing take responsibility for creating value out of its banking data, Santander tested various data…

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  • The state of fintech funding, in five charts

    … Investment in financial technology may have fallen a spectacular 47 percent last year, but it is perhaps just an indication of the maturation of the industry. Total global funding to fintech companies fell to 47 percent to $24.7 billion in 2016 from $46.7 billion the year before, according to KPMG’s quarterly fintech funding report, The Pulse…

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  • Why blockchains won’t revolutionize finance

    … Blockchains are capable of a lot. They’re good for tracking pork chops. They can help put a stop to the spread of conflict diamonds. With blockchains, doctors can better track patient data, freeing them up to actually see their patients instead of fiddling with all that paperwork. Refugees who don’t have access to basic health and financial…

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  • Ask a VC: Why Andrew Parker thinks blockchain is past its prime

    … Blockchain is going to revolutionize financial services. Unless it won’t. Too often, blockchain solutions for financial services are square pegs trying to fit in round holes, according to Andrew Parker, a partner at Spark Capital. While bitcoin and its underlying blockchain technology are interesting and maybe even revolutionary inventions…

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  • Financial reform: Friend or foe to fintech startups?

    … legacy banks that it’s been blamed for the decline of community banks and business lending. While banks eagerly await a rollback, its implications for fintech startups have been less certain. Loosening the rules should make banks better able to partner with fintech startups, but consumer protection and access to data could still be at risk…

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