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A masters of fintech

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February 19 · Issue #70 · View online
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Get a masters in fintech
Brandeis University was among the first to launch an online financial technology master’s degree last fall. The M.S. in digital innovation for fintech — a two-and-a-half year, specialized program aimed at working professionals — may be a sign the field is entering a new phase in its development.
Wells Fargo moves into voice payments
In voice-activated computing, we’ve got Siri and Alexa. On the banking side, add in BofA’s Erica and USAA’s Nina. But these voice-activated assistants may pale in comparison to what Wells Fargo says it’s cooking up.
WTF is open banking?
As banking becomes more enmeshed in daily life, open banking becomes an important way to give developers the flexibility to develop products that serve customers’ needs. Yeah, but what does that look like in real life? Really, WTF is open banking?
Feeding more people from the banking pie
The lowest income Americans — those who earn less than $31,000 a year — make up 20 percent of the U.S. population. Yet, for many, access to financial services is still a luxury. In spite of the challenges, read what banks and startups are doing to reach the poorest Americans.
Bank of America's employee-less branches
Banks are showing that they can’t live with branches, but they can’t live without them, either. The result is an experiment in redefining what retail banking looks like and the future role of the branch. Similar to Apple’s Genius Bar, Bank of America is rolling out mini-branches to serve digital-first customers.
‘Sales tax is a giant nuisance for every ecommerce business’
Global ecommerce is getting more complex. New rules put more of the sales tax burden on merchants. Avalara is a software firm that simplifies a lot of the sales tax complexity for online sellers, wherever they may be. Here’s what 6 billion yearly sales tax transactions say about the future of ecommerce.
The Startups: Who's shaking things up
Banks Look to Cellphones to Replace A.T.M. Cards
IBM links with Visa and Indiegogo, Bosch in $3B IoT push
Amazon is set to rule the fintech game
USAA opens user experience ‘design studio’
Startups raising/Investors investing
  • Temenos to acquire Australian partner Rubik for $50m (Banking Technology)
  • JPMorgan, DRW, others back fintech company OpenFin (Reuters)
  • PayPal looks to help you pay off your bills with TIO Networks acquisition (CNET)
What we're reading
  • AI and Bitcoin are driving the next big hedge fund wave (Wired)
  • Geeks venture into Goldman Sachs’ world of big deals and egos (Reuters)
  • Silicon Valley Bank, Xero partner on data sharing (American Banker)
  • Now Santander lets you make payments using just your voice in its banking app (City A.M.)
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