KEY TAKEAWAYS Asia is shaping up to be the largest ultra-high net worth growth opportunity. Seven of the top 10 countries with the fastest growth of super-rich populations are in the continent, and Hong Kong recently overtook New York...
KEY TAKEAWAYS The rise of independent robo-advisors that rely on a a combination of passive investment strategies, algorithmic risk assessment and low fees has shaken up the wealth management business. The large incumbents in the space have taken note...
KEY TAKEAWAYS African fintechs are growing in popularity due to high necessity for their services in the region. One leader is Paga, an African digital payment platform with over 6 million customers. Though African fintechs are on the rise,...
KEY TAKEAWAYS As incumbent banks and insurance companies struggle to compete using legacy IT systems and infrastructure, disruptive new banking and financial services platforms are taking market share. Global fintech investment in 2017 remains historically strong, matching the $31B...
KEY TAKEAWAYS The scalability of robo-advisors has allowed the market to experience strong growth over the past decade. Though robo-advisors opened up the low-dollar end of the market, the largest opportunity in the robo-advisor market is actually with the...
KEY TAKEAWAYS The rise of independent robo-advisors that rely on a a combination of passive investment strategies, algorithmic risk assessment and low fees has shaken up the wealth management business. The large incumbents in the space have taken note...
KEY TAKEAWAYS The rise of independent robo-advisors that rely on a a combination of passive investment strategies, algorithmic risk assessment and low fees has shaken up the wealth management business. The large incumbents in the space have taken note...
KEY TAKEAWAYS As incumbent banks and insurance companies struggle to compete using legacy IT systems and infrastructure, disruptive new banking and financial services platforms are taking market share. Global fintech investment in 2017 remains historically strong, matching the $31B...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. Andrei Cherny is not your typical banker. He had written speeches for President Bill Clinton, helped Elizabeth Warren launch the fight for what became the Consumer Financial...
Strategic Investors: Profiles of investors with strategies to consider. Magda Wierzycka, CEO of South African asset manager Sygnia Group, commands a rapt audience in her home market, across sub-Saharan Africa and in markets worldwide. After a childhood spent in an...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. The extent to which robo-advisory is either a boon or threat to the traditional wealth management industry has been a major question...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to, for their impact on industry. Mastercard acquired Vyze, a technology platform that enables customers to tap into numerous credit options at checkout, to gain a foothold in the growing point-of-sale financing industry. With the...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Boston-based fintech startup Salary Finance has raised $32.8 million and appointed a new leader for its U.S. operations, as it seeks to expand lending services both...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. AIDA Technologies, a Singapore-based artificial intelligence startup, raised an undisclosed amount of funding in a Series A round from Mastercard, Kuok Ventures, and SGInnovate to expand...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Extend, the virtual credit-card platform focused on participants of the gig economy, has raised $11 million to expand its service, add clients and make new hires. The...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Upstart Network, an artificial intelligence (AI) lending platform founded by ex-Googlers, has raised $50 million in equity funding. Progressive Investment Company, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan and...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. IA Capital Group, a venture capital firm focused on the new field of insurance-related technology, or insurtech, raised $150 million across three funds. With seven funds and managed...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Foot-dragging to the altar has plagued many a wedding, especially when it’s one of convenience. So while the government-sanctioned courtship of Deutsche Bank and its cross-town rival...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. April 2 was a big day for investment in the retirement planning and financial services space. Goldman Sachs Principal Strategic Investments led a $30 million Series Bfunding round...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Money transfer startup TransferWise, which counts Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and PayPal founders Peter Thiel and Max Levchin among its investors, is preparing to sell a...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Working in the storied Swiss insurance space, Anivo 360 AG, a leading insurance tech player based in Switzerland, leverages insurtech algorithms to match...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. U.K.-based digital bank OakNorth Holdings Ltd. received a total of $440 million last month, including a $390 million investment from the Vision Fund of Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp....
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. David Garrity, a co-founder of blockchain consulting firm BTblock, is the man helping billion-dollar companies get comfortable with Blockchain and embrace other emerging...
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