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Wealthfront now helps users save up for their kids’ college tuition

By Ryan Lawler for Techcrunch

Robo-advisor Wealthfront originally came to market with a product to automate retirement savings, but over time has expanded to provide other financial tools. Today, the company is announcing a new product aimed at helping parents save for their children’s college education. (more…)

Financial Markets / Trading, Wealth management

May 25, 2017

Andreessen Horowitz Leads Funding Round in Robo-Advisor OpenInvest

OpenInvest has received $3.25 million in Seed funding led by high profile VC Andreessen Horowitz. The Fintech firm also received funding from Abstract Ventures, Wireframe Ventures and SV2. OpenInvest is described as “social impact investing platform” targeting retail investors. The Robo-advisor enables investors to align their investment goals with their values while engaging with companies to drive social change. (more…)

Financial Markets / Trading, Wealth management

May 17, 2017

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The Case for Robo-Advisory and Digital Wealth

By FintechNews HK

An April 2017 Burnmark report rexplored the tie-up between digital wealth and robo-advisory within the FinTech industry. (more…)

Financial Markets / Trading, Global trends, Hotnews, Wealth management

May 1, 2017

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Quovo Raises $10M In VC Funding To Accelerate Growth

Quovo, a data platform providing insights and connectivity for financial accounts, announced Wednesday (April 26) that it has raised $10 million in Series B funding. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news, Global trends

April 27, 2017

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Robinhood stock-trading app confirms $110M raise at $1.3B valuation

By Josh Constine for Techcrunch

Zero-fee stock-trading app Robinhood has joined the unicorn club. (more…)

Financial Markets / Trading, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia, Wealth management

April 27, 2017

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Investoo buys comparison site100ForexBrokers

100ForexBrokers.com, launched in 2012, is one of the world’s biggest Forex broker comparison sites with 60,000+ unique visitors per month and 100s of real user reviews. (more…)

Deals, Financial Markets / Trading, Global trends, Wealth management

April 19, 2017

337

Robo-advisor startup StashAway gets in-principle approval from MAS to manage investment portfolios

By Yon Heong Tung for e27

It received an in-principle approval for its Capital Market Services License for Retail Fund Management from the Monetary Authority of Singapore

(more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Deals, Financial Markets / Trading, Hotnews, InspirAsia, Wealth management

April 17, 2017

Standard Chartered launches digital wealth advisory tool

By Thomson Reuters,

Standard Chartered Private Banking has introduced ADVICE, a digital wealth advisory tool for its relationship managers (RMs) that integrates the Private Bank’s entire suite of house views and investment recommendations with Thomson Reuters’ real-time market information. (more…)

Banks, Financial Markets / Trading, Global trends, Hotnews, Wealth management

April 7, 2017

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SwipeStox Lands $13 Million, Hints at Asia Expansion

By Julie Muhn (@julieschicktanz) for Finovate

SwipeStox, the Tinder for stock trading startup announced this week that its parent company The NAGA Group has landed $13 million in financing. This boosts the company’s total funding to $15 million. (more…)

Deals, Financial Markets / Trading, Wealth management

April 7, 2017

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Robinhood stock trading app valued at $1.3 billion with big raise from DST

By Josh Constine for Techcrunch.com

Zero-fee stock trading app Robinhood is completing a huge fund raise to fuel its attack on old brokerage firms that charge around $7 to $10 per trade. According to sources, the round is led by Yuri Milner investment vehicle DST Global and values the company at $1.3 billion. Robinhood declined to comment. (more…)

Analytics, Deals, Financial Markets / Trading, Wealth management

April 1, 2017

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Despite the fintech boom, robo advisors in Japan have yet to make their mark on the industry

By Alexander Thomsen for e27.com

Robo-advisors in Japan are facing difficulties in winning clients and are increasingly looking for new ways to increase their managed assets (more…)

Financial Markets / Trading, Wealth management

March 30, 2017

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Ayondo to list in Singapore at a valuation of $158 million

ayondo is a FinTech company within social trading with CFD and Spread Betting as a part of its offering. (more…)

Deals, Financial Markets / Trading, Global trends, Wealth management

March 23, 2017

435

Algomi Receives $10m Strategic Investment from Euronext

By FinSMEs

Algomi, a London, UK-based fixed income technology provider, received a $10m strategic investment.  (more…)

Deals, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news

March 3, 2017

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Robo-advisor ‘Chloe’ launches in Japan

By Finextra

Hong Kong-based social trading startup 8 Securities has launched a mobile-only robo-adisory service targeting the millennial generation that constructs portfolios with exchange traded funds (ETFs) listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE). (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news, Japan, Wealth management

February 18, 2017

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31 FinTech Companies Transforming Institutional Investments and Trading

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

Institutional investors control a significant amount of financial assets around the world despite attempts from automated investments apps to open up the market to casual, consumer-investors. The rapid adoption of innovative technology by the startup ecosystem allowed an extensive expansion for online investment platforms, automated investment tools, robo-advisors, and various wealth management solutions. As a result, institutional investors have been empowered with tools to enhance portfolio performance, drive deeper insights from the market and portfolio data, and nowadays, are reliant on computer power for accurate forecasting and market monitoring.  (more…)

About, AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news, Wealth management

February 9, 2017

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Rakuten, JAFCO co-invest in Japanese fintech startup FOLIO’s US$16M Series A

By Sainul Abudheen K for e27

FOLIO, a startup offering an online security brokerage service in Japan, has announced that it has raised 1.8 billion yen (approximately US$16 million) in Series A round from a slew of investors, including JAFCO, Monex Ventures, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital, and Rakuten Fintech Fund. (more…)

Deals, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news, Japan, Wealth management

February 8, 2017

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Thomson Reuters to Acquire Avox and Clarient

By LTP

Thomson Reuters has signed agreements to acquire Avox Limited and Clarient Global LLC. The businesses run by Avox and Clarient will be integrated into Thomson Reuters’ portfolio of risk management, compliance and reference data offerings after the closing of the deal, which is expected to take place by the end of first quarter. The financial aspects of the deal were not revealed. (more…)

Deals, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news

February 8, 2017

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EToro launches funds marketplace

By Finextra

eToro, the world’s leading social trading investment network, has today launched CopyFundsTM for Partners, giving investment companies the ability to create bespoke funds on the popular eToro platform, home to five million retail investors across 140 countries. (more…)

Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news, Wealth management

February 8, 2017

335

Swissquote introduces VR trading app

By Finextra

A Swiss online bank is introducing a virtual reality trading application which uses a VR helmet to create a a 360° trading wall for users to monitor the markets and make trades with a glance. (more…)

Banks, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks

February 4, 2017

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Singapore’s FinTech Industry Is on the Way to Global Leadership

By Elena Mesropyan for LTP

“Singapore has established an enviable position as a leading Asian financial technology center with an exciting innovation ecosystem, a great talent pool and fantastic infrastructure. It also boasts a business-friendly environment so it was therefore an obvious winner when considering locations for new headquarters for our global operations,” said, Yoshio Tomiie, Head of Commerce at Senjō Group, a privately held investment firm, at the unveiling of the company’s new global HQ in Singapore. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Blockchain, Crowdfunding/investing, Cryptocurrencies, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news, Hotnews, Insurance, Mobile payments/banking, p2p/online lending, Payment processors/providers/gateways, RegTech, Remittances, Security, Singapore

January 26, 2017

Alpaca Closes $1.75M in Funding

By FinSMEs

alpacascan_mobileAlpaca, a San Mateo, CA-based fintech startup building AI and database technology for financial trading, closed $1.75m in venture funding. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Deals, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news

January 25, 2017

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Ayondo kicks off $250k social trading contest

By Finextra

Financial technology group ayondo has opened up registrations for its second Social Trading Championship, with up to USD 250,000 worth of prizes to be won.  (more…)

Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news

January 24, 2017

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Wall Street Blockchain Alliance adds OTC Exchange Network as corporate member

By Finextra

The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (WSBA), a 501 (c)(6) non-profit trade association, has announced that OTC Exchange Network (OTCXN) has joined the organization as a corporate member.  (more…)

Blockchain, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news

January 24, 2017

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What DTCC’s IBM Blockchain Transition ‘Reimagining’ Credit Derivatives Signifies

By Roger Aitken for Forbes

On the heels of the announcement by the U.S. Depository Trust Clearing Corporation’s (DTCC) transitioning a central part of its financial infrastructure onto a blockchain, the premier post-trade market infrastructure for the global financial services industry that processes trillions of dollars, many are wondering what it means for the blockchain market’s future. (more…)

Blockchain, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news, Government activities

January 23, 2017

256

Mercuria introduces blockchain to oil trade with ING, SocGen

By The Business Times

[DAVOS] Trading house Mercuria is working with banks ING and Societe Generale on the first large oil trade based on blockchain technology, as the tradition-bound oil industry tests out digital technology. (more…)

Blockchain, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news

January 21, 2017

423

Top Business-to-Business Wealth Tech Players

By Julie Muhn for Finovate Blog

If you’ve been following our series on wealth tech, you’ve seen our analysis of the industry as a whole, a review of the top trends, and an examination of B2C wealth tech players. (more…)

About, Financial Markets / Trading, SME

January 21, 2017

432

U.S. Financial Regulatory Agency Explores Blockchain’s Impact On Securities Trading

By Lester Coleman for CryptoCoinsNews

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released a report on blockchain’s impact on the securities industry in its efforts to support financial institutions investing in the technology.

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Blockchain, Financial Markets / Trading, Fintech news, Government activities

January 21, 2017

290

This App Wants to Help You Trade Stocks Based on Trump Tweets

By Jeremy Quittner for Fortune

Professional traders and hedge fund managers apparently have algorithms and models to account for market turbulence from President-elect Donald Trump’s t weets. Now you can too. (more…)

About, Financial Markets / Trading, news

January 14, 2017

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