Financial Services

eToro eyes another quarter of strong user acquisition after a record Q1 thanks to sustained retail investing activity and its expensive US expansion—expect other US trading platforms to share similar record user growth in the coming months.

The US regional bank joins other incumbents that have recently added a feature which used to be a differentiator for neobanks—and broadens its safety net for customers in need of short-term financing.

The growth of investment robo-advisors—algorithm-based account services—spiked last year across the US, the UK, and Canada as investors, especially those belonging to younger populations, took advantage of investment opportunities during the pandemic. For instance, independent robo-advisors Wealthfront and Betterment both reported double-digit increases in account openings during the pandemic.

The fintech’s $100 million round shows growing confidence in the crypto sector, as regulations and new use cases increase and make solutions like Chainalysis’ more valuable.

The UK regulator banned the crypto exchange from carrying out regulated activities, a warning to other crypto firms to tighten up compliance or risk missing out on surging consumer interest.

On today's episode, we discuss what a world with fewer bank branches means, what the new digital branch will look like, and how digital banking adoption is faring. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer vice president of content and head of financial services at Insider Intelligence Daniel Van Dyke.

The banking giant will build out its buy now, pay later footprint by creating two key roles within its Marcus direct bank—and its ambitions could add prospects for its upcoming checking account.

Clearscore is now valued at $645 million thanks to lenders eager to use its open banking-powered marketplace for matchmaking with borrowers—as some credit bureaus are already doing.

The retail giant is making its prepaid debit card—offered with Green Dot Bank—available as a demand deposit account. That and its big store footprint could pose a threat to smaller banks in rural areas.

The neobank’s addition of several new features to its paid accounts could help it attract and retain premium customers.

The profitable fintech is expanding its product suite and will create its own loan-servicing platform—an IPO figures in its long-term roadmap.

More than 45 million people ages 14 and older in the US will use buy now, pay later (BNPL) services this year, according to our inaugural user forecast for these financing options. That’s up 81.2% over 2020, and the age range of BNPL users will widen over the coming years as well.