financial services

  • Fintech’s $138 billion opportunity Crunch Network

    Fintech’s $138 billion opportunity

    Fintech is in the midst of a golden age of investment and innovation. According to KPMG and CB Insights, investments in fintech startups doubled between 2014 and 2015, to $14 billion. However, comparatively little of this money has been focused on the $138 billion market opportunity to disrupt alternative financial services in the United States. This lack of focus is damaging… Read More

  • From the streets to The Street Crunch Network

    From the streets to The Street

    The past several months have brought a string of terror attacks and violent incidents, which not only claim lives but cause worldwide feelings of fear and vulnerability. It seems that groups of terrorists like ISIS can strike when and where they want. As the authorities ramp up surveillance, such attackers simply adapt and change their tactics. They have learned to be patient and to leave… Read More

  • Wealthfront is updating its service with multiple integrations to give a more holistic view into financial health

    Wealthfront is updating its service with multiple integrations to give a more holistic view into financial health

    Wealthfront, the West Coast robo-advisor battling Betterment for the top spot in tech-enabled wealth management, is launching a new version (and vision) of its wealth management service. The Redwood City, Calif.-based company is integrating with tools like Venmo and Redfin to get an even more complete picture of its customers financial holdings. Read More

  • Alibaba’s Ant Financial raising new funding at $60B valuation ahead of IPO

    Alibaba’s Ant Financial raising new funding at $60B valuation ahead of IPO

    Ant Financial, the Alibaba affiliate that manages hugely popular payments service Alipay, is raising a new round of financing that could value the company as high as $60 billion ahead of a much-speculated public listing. Read More

  • BBVA continues its fintech acquisition run, buys Holvi, an online-only business bank

    BBVA continues its fintech acquisition run, buys Holvi, an online-only business bank

    Spanish banking giant BBVA has made another M&A play as it looks for a bigger role in the next generation of financial services: today the company has announced the acquisition of Holvi, an online-only bank for entrepreneurs and SMBs based out of Finland. (“Holvi” means “vault” in Finnish.) Terms of the deal have not been disclosed but we are trying to find out. Read More

  • Examining The Top 4 Fintech Predictions For This Year And Beyond Crunch Network

    Examining The Top 4 Fintech Predictions For This Year And Beyond

    Alongside “Unicorn” and “Grexit/Brexit,” “Fintech” was considered one of the top 10 financial buzzwords of 2015. But fintech isn’t a newcomer to this list — and for good reason. For a few years now, fintech companies have moved from the margins to the mainstream. They are building tech-enabled financial platforms that serve consumers better… Read More

  • Opportunities In The Risk Business Abound As Insurance Is Ready For Disruption Crunch Network

    Opportunities In The Risk Business Abound As Insurance Is Ready For Disruption

    Whether medical, automotive, life, residential, or commercial, the value proposition of smoothing out potential cash flow outlays often makes sense. Pretty cool. But on any chart highlighting relative customer satisfaction across industries, you will consistently find that insurance ranks among the last — only ahead of real estate, telcos and cable companies. Read More

  • Fintech Is Just Getting Started Crunch Network

    Fintech Is Just Getting Started

    In just the first week of trading in 2016, the S&P 500 lost 6 percentage points and more than one trillion dollars in market capitalization. With the worst start in more than a century, the markets seem to be predicting a slow period for the U.S. economy. One segment that I think has the potential to survive, if not thrive, in the expected volatility this year is financial technology. Read More

  • Tilt CEO James Beshara On Crowdfunding For A Mobile World Crunch Network

    Tilt CEO James Beshara On Crowdfunding For A Mobile World

    In what turned out to be a pretty strategic and hilarious interview James Beshara discusses a range of topics including the onboarding process for users on mobile, the importance of customer retention, his experience raising $37m from the likes of a16z, SV Angel, Sean Parker and Naval Ravikant and what investors really want when investing in Silicon Valley startups. Read More

  • Can Fintech Fix Financial Services? Crunch Network

    Can Fintech Fix Financial Services?

    A review of the new Michael Lewis movie The Big Short describes a scene during the 2008 financial crisis in which renters were “kicked out of their homes because their landlord didn’t pay the mortgage, even though they were making their rent payments in full.” It serves as one of many examples of how our malfunctioning financial system produces fundamentally unfair outcomes. Read More

  • Three Ways To Stay Current In The Financial Services Industry Crunch Network

    Three Ways To Stay Current In The Financial Services Industry

    The financial services industry is a cutthroat market with razor-thin margins, making it one of the toughest industries in which to generate profit. Yet, for fintech startups, it is one of the least chartered, most lucrative sectors. Accenture recently reported that fintech investments grew 201 percent in 2014 compared to the previous year. As a comparison, overall venture capital investments… Read More

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