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Why 2021 will be an exciting year for FinTech (BETAKIT)

Luge Capital General Partner Karim Gillani shares his FinTech predictions for 2021.


Robinhood, in need of cash, raises $1 billion from its investors (NEW YORK TIMES)

The no-fee trading app, which is popular with young investors, has been strained by the high volume of trading this week in stocks such as GameStop.


Wealthsimple Trade’s popularity soars amid Reddit-fuelled trading frenzy (BETAKIT)

Wealthsimple appears to be riding high on a wave of trading frenzy amid the ongoing short squeeze of GameStop and other stocks by retail investors.


What happened with GameStop? (MARKETS WEEKLY)

GameStop madness isn’t David vs Goliath. It’s Goliath vs. Goliath, with David as a fig leaf.


Sweden’s Trustly plans $11 billion IPO as digital payments boom: sources (REUTERS)

Swedish payments firm Trustly plans to take advantage of a surge in digital transactions in the COVID-19 pandemic with a second-quarter flotation that could value it at up to 9 billion euros ($11 billion), people close to the matter said.


The FinTechs taking on Klarna in Europe (SIFTED)

The Buy Now Pay Later space is getting more competitive in Europe, as new startups chase Klarna’s crown.


TMX Group launches automated platform to help companies secure capital amid increase in private placement (BETAKIT)

TMX Group, which owns and operates the TSX and TSXV, has launched TMX dealLINX, a new automated private placement platform to help companies raise financing.


Jack Ma’s Ant plans major revamp in response to Chinese pressure (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

Ant Group Co. is planning to turn itself into a financial holding company overseen by China’s central bank, responding to pressure to fall fully in line with financial regulations, according to people familiar with the matter.


Debt and shame via Google Play (REST OF WORLD)

Illegal loan apps operating in the Google Play store have been harassing and publicly shaming Indian borrowers.


Coinbase opts to go public with direct listing and a rumored share target of $200 (FORTUNE)

The cryptocurrency giant Coinbase, which announced plans to go public in December, intends to sell its shares by means of a direct listing, according to an internal company memo seen by Fortune.


Why TD let its co-ops lead new product development (BETAKIT)

Chris Halabecki, the Lab Leader at TD Lab, and Charly Bax, summer co-op explain how TD Lab built a new product driven entirely by – and for – students.


Cryptocurrency price exchange Binance says its systems are under stress (BLOOMBERG)

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by volume, said a rush of new users put its systems under stress, forcing it to briefly suspend withdrawals.


How SaaS startups move from seed to scale (BETAKIT)

A recent webinar by Sage Intacct explains the key growth metrics SaaS startups need to move from seed stage to growth stage.


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Caitlin Hotchkiss

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