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Acorns Announces Acorns Spend Checking Account, Debit Card

Acorns Spend includes many of the same features as the app itself but does include some added conveniences. For example, while the app's signature "round-ups" assessed from other cards need to accrue $5 before being invested, round-ups from purchases made using the Acorns Spend debit card will be invested in...

Could Europe's Visa Outage Setback the Cashless Movement?

While there may be a few takeaways from Visa's recent outage in Europe — and surely some of those affected will be carrying a few extra Euros or Pounds in their wallet from now on — it's likely hyperbolic to declare that this single incident could derail any momentum a...

Can GreenSky IPO Break FinTech's Wall Street Curse?

If that does happen, hopefully it will allow other online lenders and FinTech firms to also find success in going public, likely furthering the revolution that many other financial technology companies have helped bring to fruition.

Starbucks' Mobile Payment Option Tops Apple, Google

When Apple debuted Apple Pay in 2014, it was seen as a breakthrough for mobile payments that would help the technology catch on in the mainstream. While that's happened to a certain degree, adoption has been slower than some may have predicted.

PayPal Takes on Square with iZettle Acquisition

Not only is PayPal's purchase of iZettle a strong move for the company but is likely also a win for FinTech and small businesses. That's because, with the increased competition Square faces from a combined iZettle and PayPal, you can expect that all parties will be looking to innovate and...

BlackRock Partners with Acorns Micro-Investing App

It seems that BlackRock has taken an interest in the opportunities micro-investing presents. This week the world's largest asset management firm announced a partnership with the FinTech company Acorns, leading a $50 million round for the app.

Samsung Pay Introducing Cash Back Offers

Samsung's introduction of cash back is a clever idea and one that's likely to help drive adoption of their service. Whether that translates to greater mobile payments usage overall remains to be seen but perhaps other wallets should follow Samsung's lead and make using mobile wallets a bit more rewarding.

Amazon's Alexa Can Now Offer Credit Card Recommendations

Truth be told NerdWallet's new credit card selection tool for Alexa is unlikely to set the world on fire. That said it highlights a growing opportunity for FinTechs and other companies to supplement their current offerings, even if they don't lead to big returns just yet.