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Mobile Banking App Empower Raises $20 Million

Following a near-record 2019, FinTech has been off to a strong start in 2020. The latest example of this is Empower. The San Fransico-based firm recently announced that it had raised $20 million. The Series A included participation from Defy Ventures, Icon Ventures, and Nubank founder David Velez. Additionally previous investors...

Investment App Public.com Raises $15 Million From Some Big Names

In less a year's time, the face of investing has changed dramatically. Between Charles Schwab first cutting its trade fees to $0 (a move that was later matched by several other discount brokerages) and then announcing an acquisition of TD Ameritrade, things are certainly looking different than they once did....

Outages Plague Robinhood on Back-to-Back Days

Since launching in 2013, Robinhood has definitely made its mark on the world of FinTech. Of course, by offering users the ability to trade stocks without paying commissions, it's also helped democratize the world of investing, making it a go-to for many market newbies. At the same time, the company...

FinTech Investments Topped $34 Billion Last Year

If it weren't already clear, 2019 was a good year for FinTech. In addition to a profile boost that companies such as Robinhood and SoFi have enjoyed, it seems that numerous startups saw significant new investments. In fact, as a new report from CB Insights shows, FinTech startups raised nearly...

Intuit Announces Acquisition of Credit Karma

Another day, another major acquisition. More than a decade after they bought the personal finance app Mint for $170 million, Intuit is making a much larger platform purchase. As first reported by The Wall Street Journal and later confirmed by the company itself, Intuit is set to acquire Credit Karma...

LendingClub to Acquire Radius Bank for $185 Million

As various FinTech disruptors have grown over the years, some observers have theorized that banks would look to acquire these startups in order to integrate their services into their own (which has happened in some cases). However fewer would have guessed that things might end up the other way around...

Apple Pay Now Accounts for 5% of Global Card Transactions

It may have taken more than half a decade but it seems that Apple Pay is making major inroads. As Quartz reports, Apple Pay share of transactions are on the rise and could reach even larger milestones in the years ahead. Currently Apple Pay payments account for 5% of global...

Varo Money Gains FDIC Approval, Nears Becoming a Real Bank

Over the past few years, several FinTech companies have introduced their own banking services — rolling out savings accounts, debit cards, or both. These products are often the result of partnerships that the startups have with one or multiple banks in order to meet regulatory requirements and provide their customers...