personal finance

Update: Petal’s no-fee credit card for the credit score-less is now open to the public

This post was updated to correct the names of the company’s founders and the fact that Petal makes money off of the interest payments its customers make.  Petal, the startup credit card company

Alibaba’s Ant Financial denies stealing from Equifax

Ant Financial has denied claims that it covertly raided Equifax — the U.S. credit firm that was hit by a hack last year — to grab information, including code, confidential data and documen

LendingTree is the secret success story of fintech

For all of the excitement centered around fintech over the past half-decade, most venture-backed fintech companies struggle to acclimate to public markets. LendingClub and OnDeck have plummeted since

Credit Karma acquires mortgage platform Approved

Credit Karma, the service best known for providing free credit score monitoring and other financial advice (mostly to millennials), is getting into the mortgage business. The company today announced

Coya raises $30 million to launch its insurance service in Europe

Coya, a Berlin-based insurance startup, has raised $30 million in new cash as investors around the world continue to see opportunities in modernizing the insurance industry. Founded by two early emplo

Vota turns your credit card transactions into recommendations, helps you spot fraud

Oh my god, someone’s doing Blippy again. If you’ve been around the internet as long as I have (too long), you’ll probably remember the meteoric rise of the social network for sharing

Mobile money-saving app Qapital raises $30 million to spend on growth

Qapital, one of a slew of mobile applications trying to make it easier for users to save money (and spend it more wisely), has raised $30 million in fresh financing as it expands beyond savings to off

MoneyLion raises $42M to grow its personal finance platform for the middle class

MoneyLion, the part lending, part savings and part wealth management app targeted at the financial middle class has raised $42M in Series B funding.This brings total equity funding to $67M since being

Honeydue is a money management app for couples

Honeydue is a mobile app that aims to reduce money-related arguments between couples by offering tools to share information on respective account balances and spending. 

Halal investment tool for Muslims lands a $5 million seed round

For religious Muslims looking to get started with investing, the options are limited. Average Muslim investors can’t afford the kind of nuanced advice that a high end financial advisor can provi

MoneyLion’s redesigned app gives personalized financial advice and instant access to personal loans

Personal finance management app MoneyLion was created to help users save money, reduce debt and improve their credit. Today the app is being updated to provide users with more personalized information

Long Game raises $6.6 million for a savings account that doubles as a lottery ticket

Long Game is a bank account, with a twist. Every dollar saved can go toward winning a lottery. The personal finance app allows users to play games and win cash prizes. It may sound like a gimmick, but

Looking to sell utility billing data to lenders, Urjanet rakes in $20 million

With a pitch to provide utility payment data to lending companies, Atlanta-based Urjanet has managed to raise $20 million in new financing. Lenders are hungry for new ways to loan money to consumers 

Nova Credit launching from Y Combinator to give immigrants access to U.S. credit

Access to credit and establishing a credit history aren’t a luxury for people living in the US, they’re a necessity. A credit score is required to rent most apartments, get credit cards, a

IPO on horizon, subprime lending startup Elevate adds $545M in credit from Victory Park Capital

With an IPO on the horizon, subprime lender Elevate will have an additional $545 million credit faculty to support its growing customers. Elevate’s niche right now is providing loans to borrow

Penny raises $1.2M in seed funding for its personal finance bot

Penny, a personal finance bot we reviewed last fall, has raised $1.2 million in seed funding from Social Capital. As a refresher, the app offers a chat-based interface that offers advice tailored t

Google to restrict ads for payday loans

Google announced today that it will no longer allow payday lenders to advertise on its systems because the loans often come with high interest rates and quick repayment requirements that push borrower

Affirm acquires budgeting app Sweep to expand into personal finance

Online lending company Affirm has announced it is acquiring Sweep, an app-based personal finance tool. The move comes just two weeks after Affirm raised a $100M Series D round, which was partially

PayPal leads $30 million round in Acorns investing app

Acorns, the investing app, is announcing a $30 million strategic investment from PayPal, with participation from the Rakuten FinTech Fund. This brings the team’s total funding to $62 million. With 8

Prosper Marketplace relaunches its BillGuard app under the Prosper brand

Prosper Marketplace, the marketplace lender focused on refinancing and credit rehabilitation, has re-launched its BillGuard app (acquired last September) under its own brand as Prosper Daily. With
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