Short Takes: Empower buys Personal Capital for $1B, 2.6MM UK crypto buyers, Deutsche Bank using Symphony connected to WhatsApp & WeChat

Hi Fintech Architects --

Welcome back to the subscribers-only letter! Here are the top updates hitting our radar:

  1. Empower Retirement to Acquire Personal Capital (link here)

  2. Zopa Becomes a Bank. Fintech Announces Approval of Full Bank License as it Moves Beyond Online Lending (link here)

  3. Oscar raises $225 million (link here)

  4. Deutsche Bank Taps Symphony for Messaging Platforms (link here)

  5. Largest Life Insurance Company in Singapore and Malaysia to Invest $70 Million in Axiata Digital’s Fintech Expanasion Plans (link here)

  6. U.S. Fintech FinMason Unveils Accessible Municipal Bond Analytics (link here)

  7. FCA research reveals 1.1million spike in cryptoasset buyers (link here)

  8. KPMG Introduces Advanced Analytics Software for Fintech Firms Looking to Offer Digital Asset Services at Institutional Scale (link here)

  9. PayPal’s Move Into Crypto: Affirmation that Traditional Payment Players Can No Longer Ignore Digital Assets (link here)

  10. Chinese ‘Ponzi scheme’ moves $185 million worth of Ethereum (link here)

  11. Lemona…

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