Weekly Briefing No. 68 | The Utility of Sell-Side Research, “Investainment,” and the Stock Marketization of Everything

Weekly Briefing No. 68 | The Utility of Sell-Side Research, “Investainment,” and the Stock Marketization of Everything

How can we be sure of what we’re seeing? That question was central to China’s great philosopher-skeptic Chuang Tzu. Although he lived more than 17 centuries ago, the question remains relevant today within financial innovation. Here’s what we examine this week: Should the sell-side embrace private company research? - The rise of “investainment,” - AI for credit scoring - Swift, the stock marketization of everything - Bond Street - Company of Note: Bloom - Spark: Chade-Meng Tan.

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Weekly Briefing No. 67 | Betterment's Got Big Plans

Weekly Briefing No. 67 | Betterment's Got Big Plans

As we head into Valentine’s Day, we hope your week is filled with financial innovation sweets. Here are the ones we picked out of the box: The FR’s exclusive conversation with Betterment’s Jon Stein, Union Square Ventures’ noteworthy new deal, a scary new bank virus, a great regtech visual, BofA’s automated branches, a blockchain milestone in Georgia (the country), a fintech IPO inspiration, Company of Note: T-REX, and Spark: Workplace wisdom courtesy of cats.

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Weekly Briefing No. 66 | Care to Tango with an Algo?

Weekly Briefing No. 66 | Care to Tango with an Algo?

This Sunday, tickets to the oddly named Super Bowl LI have reached a high of $22,000 on StubHub. If your budgetary philosophy won’t countenance that kind of outlay, please rest assured that The FR is still free —  so there’s that. Here’s what’s on our gridiron this week: Automation and humans continue their intricate dance, Trump plays terminator to Dodd-Frank and the DOL fiduciary rule, whether some blockchain believers beginning to doubt, SoFi’s acquisition, Snap’s IPO, Twitter signals, Sequoia’s new leader, Company of Note: Slated, and more.

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Weekly Briefing No. 65 | AirBnb’s Fintech Future, QED’s New Deal and Two Sigma Gets Random

Weekly Briefing No. 65 | AirBnb’s Fintech Future, QED’s New Deal and Two Sigma Gets Random

Happy Data Privacy Day! Here’s what’s in our container this week: AirBnb’s fintech-travel future, Fifth Third and QED cut a notable deal, Two Sigma’s random forest, an FA Kodak Moment, Wells Fargo & regtech, Peak Millennial, Cadre and Company of Note: Prattle.

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