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Deals: Robo-advisor Betterment raises $100m

By Finextra.com

Betterment has raised $100 million in a funding round led by Swedish investment firm Kinnevik which values the American robo-advisor at $700 million.

New York-based Betterment claims more than 150,000 customers who have invested nearly $4 billion dollars through the platform, which uses algorithms to help clients invest their money in low-cost index funds.

With robo-advising currently one fintech’s hottest sectors, the new funding round sees Betterment’s value soar from $450 million just over a year ago when it raised $60 million.

The money will be used to expand Betterment’s suite of features, with the firm busy rolling out things such as synced accounts and a service for small businesses.

Says CEO Jon Stein: “Betterment is focused on building the most transparent, customer-aligned company in wealth management—and we aim to become our customers’ central, most-trusted financial relationship.”

the article first appeared in Finextra.com

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