The hottest Fintech Substack posts right now

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Snowball • 1395 implied HN points • 09 Jan 24
  1. Some credit cards offer unique benefits like free Amazon Prime or cashback in the form of investments.
  2. Revolut cards come with various advantages based on the subscription level, like free currency exchange or cashback on accommodations.
  3. American Express cards provide a range of benefits, from purchase guarantees to access to exclusive events. The higher-tier cards offer even more luxurious perks like worldwide lounge access.
The Fintech Blueprint • 864 implied HN points • 07 Feb 24
  1. Farcaster aims to blend social media with Web3 capabilities to create a more engaging platform.
  2. When shifting platforms, it's important to innovate without compromising the core user experience.
  3. Decentralized social media platforms like Steemit, EOS Voice, and BitClout have struggled due to prioritizing financial features over user engagement.
The Fintech Blueprint • 727 implied HN points • 31 Jan 24
  1. Web3 is becoming the venue for the emerging machine economy with AI and blockchain integration.
  2. There is a need for infrastructure to support decentralized AI development and deployment.
  3. The future may see AI agents centralized by tech giants, prompting a shift towards AI custody and control in Web3.
Fintech Business Weekly • 661 implied HN points • 21 Jan 24
  1. CFPB proposed a rule to close the TILA overdraft loophole, aiming to protect consumers from billions in junk fees.
  2. The proposed rule would require large banks to treat overdrafts like credit products, disclosing APRs and considering actual costs.
  3. Exempting banks under $10 billion in assets from the rule has sparked debate, highlighting the complexity of regulating banking fees.
TheSequence • 441 implied HN points • 05 Feb 24
  1. Learn how Plaid built the ML infrastructure powering Signal, their fraud detection app.
  2. Discover the technical solutions adopted by Plaid to overcome challenges like out-of-order transaction data.
  3. Understand the benefits of Plaid's new ML platform, including improved cost management and better access controls.
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Fintech Business Weekly • 475 implied HN points • 31 Dec 23
  1. The banking-as-a-service industry faced challenges in 2023, such as issues with compliance and partnerships.
  2. There was increased regulatory scrutiny on BaaS entities, with concerns around misleading claims and high interest rates.
  3. Multiple BaaS-related scandals and legal actions occurred throughout the year, impacting various companies in the industry.
The Fintech Blueprint • 235 implied HN points • 29 Jan 24
  1. Brex announced a 20% reduction in its workforce, aligning with a broader fintech trend of operational streamlining.
  2. Fintech industry is becoming leaner due to funding cuts and emphasis on profitability.
  3. Despite significant job cuts in tech, the general unemployment rate remains below 4%, indicating a luxury funding problem.
The Fintech Blueprint • 196 implied HN points • 05 Feb 24
  1. Joe Duran's Rise Growth Partners secures $250MM for minority RIA investments
  2. Rise Growth Partners focuses on acquiring a 30% stake in RIAs with $1B - $5B in AUM
  3. Competition is fierce in the RIA minority investing space with players like Constellation Wealth Capital and Merchant Investment Management
Fintech Business Weekly • 89 implied HN points • 03 Mar 24
  1. Leaked Treasury Prime documents highlight risks in Banking-as-a-Service business, including issues like churn, concentration, and slowing growth.
  2. Treasury Prime's strategic pivot to focus on selling to banks instead of fintechs resulted in drastic employee layoffs, shedding light on the challenging environment for middleware platforms in fintech.
  3. Fintech companies like Chime and Green Dot facing regulatory actions and penalties underscore the importance of compliance and customer service in the financial industry.
The Fintech Blueprint • 530 implied HN points • 04 Oct 23
  1. Sharks' decline and human growth show the power of general intelligence over specialized adaptations.
  2. Smartphones like iPhones with general intelligence capabilities outperform specialized devices like ATMs.
  3. Big tech's embrace of open banking could lead to a future where standalone bank apps become obsolete.
Fintech Business Weekly • 59 implied HN points • 17 Mar 24
  1. CBW Bank, a pioneer in Banking-as-a-Service, is up for sale, showing continued challenges in bank/fintech partnerships.
  2. CBW Bank grew significantly under new ownership, focusing on innovation and providing API access for startups and banks to build digital banking solutions faster.
  3. Regulatory shifts and challenges in innovation may have led to CBW's decision to sell, highlighting the impact of changing regulatory attitudes on banks like CBW.
Fintech Business Weekly • 141 implied HN points • 28 Jan 24
  1. Fintech and media businesses are facing challenges like layoffs and closures, highlighting the importance of independent journalism.
  2. Regulatory changes like the CFPB proposed rules on junk fees and NY BNPL law are impacting the banking and fintech industry.
  3. Recent enforcement actions on Blue Ridge Bank and Choice Bank reveal the regulatory scrutiny on BaaS relationships, emphasizing the need for due diligence and compliance.
Fintech Business Weekly • 81 implied HN points • 25 Feb 24
  1. Capital One's acquisition of Discover is a complex deal that has both good and bad elements for competition, creating a potential shake up in the US payments space.
  2. The CFPB is using once-dormant authority to supervise nonbank entities like World Acceptance Corp, focusing on risks to consumers.
  3. Acting Comptroller Hsu suggests creating a federal money transmitter licensing framework to better regulate non-bank companies providing bank-like services, highlighting potential risks in the growing role of non-bank firms in banking areas.
Fintech Business Weekly • 59 implied HN points • 10 Mar 24
  1. TabaPay is in talks to acquire Synapse, a banking-as-a-service platform, to potentially mitigate damage caused by a past financial incident.
  2. Oxygen, a neobank, is pivoting to focus on 'health solutions' temporarily, suspending its banking services.
  3. Trade groups are suing to block a new CFPB rule that limits credit card late fees, arguing it restricts choices and responsible credit card use.
Fintech Business Weekly • 89 implied HN points • 18 Feb 24
  1. TomoCredit, a startup backed by Morgan Stanley, is facing financial troubles and legal challenges despite its initial success claims.
  2. Mission Lane, a subprime card startup linked to LendUp, has raised $50 million and replaced its CEO in an effort to reposition itself.
  3. A study by the Federal Reserve reveals differences in how financially stable versus fragile households utilize buy now, pay later services, impacting the types and frequency of purchases made.
Fintech Business Weekly • 96 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. A potential class action case argues against a "rent-a-bank" scheme for high APR loans, highlighting the importance of understanding financial regulations and usury laws in the lending industry.
  2. The case brings attention to the evolving landscape between fintech companies and traditional banks, showing the complexities and discussions around defining the true lender in partnerships.
  3. The case also underscores the need for transparency and clarity in financial partnerships, as demonstrated by the alleged lack of distinction between a fintech entity and bank in customer-facing materials.
The Fintech Blueprint • 589 implied HN points • 02 Aug 23
  1. The craft of scaling fintechs involves understanding successful growth drivers and failures
  2. Successful business building requires targeting disruptive technologies to the right market with demand
  3. Goldman Sachs' exit from consumer business contrasts with neobanks like Bunq's profitability and growth in their niche
The Fintech Blueprint • 511 implied HN points • 18 May 23
  1. Smart raised $95MM in funding for retirement planning through payroll-roboadvisor integration.
  2. Goldman Sachs gained $1B from Prime Capital for its custody business.
  3. The digital wealth industry is evolving with automation transforming the financial sector.
Fintech Business Weekly • 156 implied HN points • 12 Nov 23
  1. Brigit faced FTC allegations despite good intentions in serving lower-income users
  2. FTC alleged deceptive practices by Brigit, including misleading claims and difficult subscription cancellations
  3. The Federal Reserve proposed lowering the debit interchange cap, expecting cost savings for merchants and potential impacts on fees and ecommerce
Fintech Business Weekly • 267 implied HN points • 27 Aug 23
  1. The smallest bank in Tennessee saw significant growth by leveraging BaaS partnerships, but this rapid expansion may raise concerns about the bank's ability to manage increased complexity.
  2. The Herrington family behind Lineage Bank has a history of running banks, facing challenges and controversies in their previous ventures.
  3. Synapse, a key BaaS partner of Lineage Bank, has faced regulatory scrutiny and may be pressuring Lineage to approve more programs, highlighting risks in complex financial partnerships.
Fintech Wrap Up • 58 implied HN points • 24 Jan 24
  1. Open Banking and Embedded Finance are closely related concepts driving innovation in fintech through APIs.
  2. Key winning strategies for fintech success include starting with a unique product, scaling to improve cost efficiency, and expanding to offer multiple related products.
  3. Fintech investments globally saw a significant drop in 2023, but confidence started to return towards the end of the year.
Fintech Business Weekly • 170 implied HN points • 24 Sep 23
  1. Eco shut down its banking app and laid off its team as it focuses on new money initiatives with cryptocurrency.
  2. Goldman Sachs is near selling GreenSky, indicating a bleak future for its "Platform Solutions" division.
  3. CFPB warns that lenders using AI must provide specific reasons for adverse actions and initiates rulemaking to remove medical debt from credit reports.
Fintech Business Weekly • 237 implied HN points • 09 Jul 23
  1. Fintech lenders rely heavily on conventional credit scores like FICO and possibly overcharge riskier borrowers.
  2. Fintech's main 'innovation' is serving borrowers banks reject by charging higher interest rates.
  3. Goldman Sachs is looking to offload its Apple partnership, showcasing the shifting landscape of fintech engagements.
Golden Pineapple • 158 implied HN points • 30 Aug 23
  1. 70% of the top YC S23 companies are focusing on AI and Developer Tools.
  2. Key trends from the YC S23 batch include AI and automation, developer-centric solutions, and financial compliance platforms.
  3. Top companies are showcasing a mix of AI-driven solutions, developer tools, fintech platforms, and a focus on user experience.