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What to expect from blockchain in 2018

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As the year ends and we reflect on what was, it's clear that the world has changed. From the daily gy
 
December 24 · Issue #114 · View online
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As the year ends and we reflect on what was, it’s clear that the world has changed. From the daily gyrations in cryptocurrency prices, the preponderance of robo offerings at major investment houses, to the growing trend of mobile-first digital banking strategies, technology will certainly play a growing role in financial activity in the year(s) to come.
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In 2017, many first movers in the digital investment industry introduced human-advice tools to complement their robo offerings, but Wealthfront is still all in on its digital-only strategy.
U.S. banks want to get ahead of their own regulators when it comes to creating data exchange standards – “it’s better that we prescribe it as the industry than let outsiders come in.”
The latest tactic fraudsters are using to siphon money from legitimate sites is called cryptojacking. Read about how bad actors get unsuspecting browsers to help them mine crypto.
Blockchain technology may have matured some, but most companies are still working on proving it actually works. Here’s what to expect from distributed ledger technology in the year ahead.
Patricia Kemp, a partner at Oak HC/FT, has been investing in financial services technology long before it boomed three years ago. Here’s an inside look into Oak HC/FT’s approach to investing.
The world of financial technology is sounding like an increasingly niche space where jargon is becoming something of a currency. Our updated termsheet will help you cut through the noise to understand what everything really means.
Forget the speculation about Amazon buying a bank next year. But don’t count it out from adding banking to its near endless line of offerings.
Tearsheet spoke with an analyst at a startup attached to a large bank about the innovation environment inside a bank. His confession isn’t pretty.
Alternative data is making its way into the mainstream and that’s a good thing for people with thin credit files. Here are three ways lenders and credit bureaus will use alternative data in 2018.
Anthemis Group’s Jillian Williams thinks the market is really crowded for personal finance apps. Tearsheet caught up with her to discuss the tough times for PFM.
Bankers agree voice will be the biggest and most important channel to their business after mobile. Nevertheless, they’re waiting to see what people really want from their voice assistants, like Amazon Echo and Google Home.
What we're reading
Goldman is setting up a cryptocurrency trading desk
JPMorgan Chase powers up robo-adviser for fintech race
Fintech startups seek to shake up money-transfer industry
BlackRock’s Edge: Why technology is creating the Amazon of Wall Street
SoftBank leads $120M funding in online insurer, Lemonade
Amazon to strengthen fintech space with stake in Capital Float
Freddie Mac-backed fintech platform targets debt payoff
New York Court dismisses lawsuit against the OCC’s fintech charter
Boston fintech Cayan gets acquired for $1.05B
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