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| August 29, 2016

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You want to help your kids pay for college. Or you want to go back to school yourself. But with the cost of higher education on the rise, you’re struggling to close the gap between what you have and what you need to pay for it all.

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Putting humans at the helm of finance innovation

Article | February 28, 2020

As technologies such as 5G, IoT and AI are rolled out across industries, old business models are being overturned and new ones created, all in the name of progress. Even the most established industries run the risk of being significantly weakened, or even made redundant – so organizations will have to embrace change to survive. Business agility is crucial to responding to market changes, challenges and opportunities. Embracing the latest technologies, and fast, seems to be the order of the day. But to ensure this can be delivered effectively, a new generation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems – powered by artificial intelligence (AI) – are making an entrance.

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4 Benefits to Becoming Digital and Data-Driven in Financial Services

Article | February 18, 2020

Make no mistake: the current explosion of volume in data coupled with the emergence of new tools and processes on the public internet has created a near-perfect storm when it comes to generating opportunities for the enterprise. In addition to the creation of all new forms of business – think of Netflix and Uber – the abundance of expansive data that can be utilized in cost-efficient applications can also drive insight and innovation in previously unimaginable ways.

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Coinlager – Non-custodial crypto exchange, like the history have taught us

Article | October 26, 2020

If the history have taught us anything it’s to never trust anyone else with your digital money. That is why when dealing with digital money such as cryptocurrency or tokens you should always store it at another place from where you bought it. Coinlager is doing exactly this, focusing on what its primarily feature is – to allow customers to buy cryptocurrencies in a quick, transparent and safe manner. Ever since Satoshi mined the first Bitcoin crypto has been on the rise. In the beginning it was more of a subculture rather than a respected currency, something which has definitely changed over the past decade. There was one company for those of you who remembers called MT Gox that was the number 1 choice for any cryptocurrency trader between 2010 – 2013, at most the covered 70% of the Bitcoin tradable market. In February 2014 it however came to an abrupt stop since MT Gox announced that approximately 850,000 Bitcoins had been stolen from their Hot Wallet, valued at $450 million at that time. Even though the MT Gox hack is by far the biggest almost all of the larger exchanges have at some stage been targeted by hackers and in some cases succeeded in stealing cryptocurrencies. “We were actually one of the early adapters to crypto back in 2011, using MT Gox as a day-trading solution to increase our assets of Bitcoin. Everything were going smoothly until the crash in 2014 where we also lost all our Bitcoins. We haven’t really spent too much time dwelling on it, but when we see that people are still relying too much on using the same company for both thee crypto and the wallet service we thought we had to do something about it. The problem has always been that seperatiing the two services have not been user-friendly – this is what we are changing, giving the customers a super easy and quick way to buy their crypto and send it over to their desired wallet.” Krzysztof Mysiak So what is it that Coinlager essentially does? It’s simple, we sell cryptocurrencies to the customers. Customers can register over at Coinlager in seconds and be able to purchase their favourite cryptocurrency immediately. Relying on modernised technologies we can verify the customers in real-time, giving them the chance to not have to wait for hours or even days when their account becomes activated. It doesn’t have to be overly complicated where customers do not understand what they are buying or how much it costs. With Coinlager we show the customers A) What they are buying B) What our fees are C) Where the crypto will be sent to (customer’s choice). If you are interested in buying crypto, come check us out here: https://coinlager.com/ If you have a question, feel free to email us at hello@coinlager.com

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What's So Special About Embedded B2B Finance?

Article | April 14, 2021

The rise of buy-now-pay-later in the consumer world provides a powerful example of what embedded finance at the point of need can do for brands. Consumer debt ethics aside, B2C buy-now-pay-later providers can proudly point to the fact that implementing a BNPL solution can increase basket sizes for retailers by 20-30%. The concept, although around for years in various forms, has now been delightfully served as an option during the customer’s checkout process and the marketing has been simplified and on point. Even as merchants must pay for the privilege of offering BNPL (keeping it interest free for customers) upwards of 4-6% per transaction, the benefits have been too good to resist. Although let’s face it, regulation aside (there are significant hoops to become licenced in B2C finance), underwriting to consumers is easier than extending credit to businesses thanks in part for the need to understand factors such as business servicing capacity, shareholder control, bespoke pricing, industry risk and not to mention the exposure risks associated to loaning out more significant totals. Therefore B2B lending speed and embedded innovation naturally lags behind B2C. That said, there have been remarkable steps forward over the last two years as more and more millennials and digital natives take over business buying decisions. Existing B2B finance models For many B2B suppliers or merchants, a referral programme to a business finance provider is nothing new. The benefits can be obvious, especially as the alternative is to embark in to the dangers of offering trade terms and all the cashflow and collection troubles that come with it. By introducing business finance, suppliers can get paid upfront and those pesky risks evaporate. When used effectively in a negotiation, financing offers can also allow suppliers to remove expected buyer discounts. Total order values and loyalty increase (as in the consumer world) and accessible finance even helps a buyer’s businesses become more successful — resulting in increased volumes of purchasing. Still, referral programmes of this nature have their problems. Even with same day B2B funding available, finance applications can hold up the buying process. This means suppliers who are keen to leverage the buyers peak interest, antagonising don’t close sales as quickly as they could and run the risk of the of the application declining or extra customer frustration and fatigue. While the benefits for introducing finance in to the sales process still outweigh the negatives, more improvement in the experience can be achieved. Enter Fintech-as-a-Service. Embedded pre-approvals Imagine a situation as a B2B supplier or merchant where you can provide a pre-approved finance offer straight to eligible businesses through your own CRM. This level of proactivity provides you with a powerful tool in drawing in loaded sale opportunities from customers who are primed and ready to transact. The advantage over your competition is significant as your customers already know they can painlessly purchase from you once they’re ready for more stock. A new revenue stream also opens for your business as your FaaS provider hands you commission for each loan a buyer takes. This example highlights the power of pre-approving customers in a proactive capacity. For this level of FaaS to work a customer permission gate is required, either as part of a customer onboarding/sign-up process or through invitation. With a white-labelled or co-branded experience, buyers can securely connect via open banking through a third party (FaaS provider) and be reassured that no visibility of this data given to their supplier. Other business data sources (e.g. payment or accounting software) can also be connected at this point. Through providing these connections through the supplier or merchants portal, buyers can sit back with the knowledge that they will be notified if and when they qualify to purchase goods or services on finance. Once pre-approved, sellers can push a message to their buyer from their CRM system along with any sales pitch or offer they like. Convincing buyers to give this connection permission in the first place is a challenge that clever marketers and UX specialists will need to overcome. Embedded at the point of need Again, we only need to take BNPL as an example of an embedded finance solution served beautifully at the point of need. Buyers, motivated at the time to transact, are more likely to have the determination to apply for finance within the same CX process. Unlike traditional loan referral schemes that remain disjointed with long and possess awkward handover points, through FaaS, an embedded financial product is especially attractive when done right. It can merely feel as a simple ‘way to pay’ option in the buyer experience. No application forms; no double entry of business data; no waiting. The challenge therefore is to create seamlessness, integrated and quick decisioning. Again, still a relatively tall order for B2B finance especially the higher the loan total is (despite advances in innovation and same day funding). The potential for more instant decisioning will need to be enabled through a) improvements in API sharing and open finance analytics to confident business underwriting and b) buyer adoption on online services and platforms. This later point can already be seen in the growing gulf of funding accessibility between online and manual powered businesses. For example an eCommerce buyer, generating rich volumes of data through online sales and excessive B2B Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) use has the perfect data points that can be integrated in to support lending applications. In contrast, a blue collar business, with a limited online presence and who only drops a shoe box full of receipts to their accountant every 90 days, will find it more difficult to provide the data required for quick decisioning. The new normal Embedded B2B finance is here to stay and serious FaaS providers are emerging. More and more suppliers and merchants will be leveraging the power of this new technology trend to create a more successful, loyal and satisfied buyer. Through proactive pre-approvals, B2B sales teams can be armed with more empowered conversations and unique advantages over the competition. Alternative business lenders operating as an embedded finance FaaS will also benefit by leveraging the scale of the B2B supplier and merchant channel, accessing more businesses through wider mass distribution. Soon, simply plugging in an embedded finance solution in to your existing CRM system will become a painless experience. B2B lending products of the future, through speed of underwriting and integrated data points, will be commonplace as an attractive option during the sales process.a

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Schwab Retirement Plan Services

The Charles Schwab Corporation was built on the idea of putting people first. This spirit of service remains the north star of Schwab Retirement Plan Services, Inc. The choice for employers who want more, we earn the trust of clients every day by focusing on the unique needs of each plan and every participant. We’re confident that our approach can help employees take ownership of their full financial futures.

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