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Startup Financial Services Companies Come Of Age

With one eye on businesses abandoned in the wake of the financial crisis and the other on a new generation of investors, startup companies are now raising significant sums to challenge the hegemony of big banks and investment firms.<p>Since the beginning of 2013, venture investors committed over $800 …

Betterment Acquires ImpulseSave, The App That Encourages You To Save Money Rather Than Spend It

ImpulseSave, the startup that launched last year at Disrupt San Francisco 2012 with a mobile app aimed at encouraging people to put away money in their savings accounts, has been acquired by Betterment, the investment platform for savings, the companies have confirmed to TechCrunch.<p>It’s a natural …

Automated Investment Services Company Wealthfront Now Manages Over $538M In Assets, Up 450 Percent Over The Past Year

Automated investment services company Wealthfront has made its name over the past two years as an alternative to traditional financial advisory services like Fidelity for individuals, who are just starting to pull their savings together. Today the company, the brainchild of former Benchmark Capital …

Automated Investment Service Wealthfront Raises $35M From Index, Ribbit Capital

Financial services as an industry is a sector that is rapidly being disrupted from all directions. One of the startups helping to lead the pack is Wealthfront, an automated investment firm that serves as an alternative to traditional financial advisory services like Fidelity. Today, the company is …

The London Fintech Boom — TransferWise And Others Hit Record Numbers

Slowly but surely a revolution has been taking place in financial technology, or fintech as we call it these days. These days fintech’s hottest sphere is not in Bloomberg terminals but in disruptive cloud startups, using the Internet as a route around the dedicated lines of the past. Globally, …

Lending Club Raises $115M In Debt And Equity, Buys Financing Company Springstone Financial For $140M

Peer-to-peer lending marketplace Lending Club is announcing new funding and an acquisition this morning. The company raised $65 million from T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., Wellington Management Company, LLP, BlackRock and Sands Capital, and $50 million in debt. And Lending Club acquired financing …

Personalized Financial Planning Service LearnVest Raises $28M From Northwestern Mutual Capital

LearnVest, a personalized financial planning program, has raised $28 million in new funding led by Northwestern Mutual Capital with Accel Partners participating. This brings the company’s total funding to over $72 million.<p>Founded by Alexa von Tobel, LearnVest originally debuted in 2009 at …

Betterment Raises $32 Million To Disrupt Money Management

Betterment, the online financial services firm pitching better investments through technology, has raised $32 million in its latest round of funding.<p>Consumer-focused financial services startups of all stripes have raised significant investments from venture capitalists in recent months, as …

Landbay Brings The P2P Finance Model To Buy-To-Let In The UK

P2P lenders have sprung up in recent years online. Zopa in the UK pioneered the model, and has raised significant funding. And the P2P finance model has even spread to insurance.<p>Now the model is spreading again, in a rather specific vertical.<p>In the UK, property is no longer mere property. It has …

eBay Now Allows Virtual Currency Sales

eBay, owners of payment service PayPal, has quietly added a new Virtual Currency category to their sales site, allowing users to sell virtual currency like bitcoin, as well as miners, and mining contracts.<p>The category is sparsely populated right now and the listings are all classified ads, …

When Your Carrier Becomes Your Bank

I write to you from my vacation, meaning, this time, the dusty port town of Kaolack in sunny Senegal. (What, your vacations don’t involve long hours spent riding in–or, sometimes, on–overcrowded West African inter-city public transit? Weirdo.)<p>The day I arrived I picked up an Orange SIM card, which …

Google-Backed Lending Club Brings Peer-To-Peer Lending To Business Loans

Peer-to-peer lending marketplace Lending Club is announcing a major expansion today into business loans.<p>Lending Club brings together lenders and borrowers who want to cut out banks in the process of investing among peers, has facilitated a total of $3.8 billion in consumer loans, and is growing at …

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Is Wealthfront Considering Optimization Features Such As Buying During Market Dips?

<i>Answer by Adam Nash, CEO of Wealthfront, on Quora,</i><p>This answer is a tough one, because it’s going to be unpopular. But you’ve asked an honest question, and you deserve an honest answer.<p>There is no Easter bunny. There is no Santa Claus. And there is no known reliable strategy of “buying on dips” that …