The number of investments in the sector of financial technology is continuing to grow at an enormous speed. The same is happening with the valuation of fintech companies operating in this ever-growing business domain. But while it was once possible only for Asian and American firms to reach billion dollars in valuations, it is now becoming more common for companies in Europe, where the ecosystem is now consolidating and playing an increasingly bigger role in financial services. Continue reading Most Valuable Fintech Startups in Europe
The relationships between employers and their employees has experienced a major upheaval over the past decade. While it was once common for an employee to step foot into a place of employment and remain there until retirement, today’s workforce is being increasingly drawn into what is known as a “gig-based economy.” Continue reading Is the Gig Economy Right for You (And How to Make the Most out of It)?
In the last part of June, the world of fintech was hit by a storm with Facebook, Inc. announcing its own cryptocurrency called Libra. If you follow what’s happening with startups and in the crypto space, you might already know that and, you’ve also probably seen a countless number of articles with the most disparate opinions around it, with experts saying that it would either make cryptocurrencies mainstream, while taking advantage of the huge 2.4 billion users registered on Facebook, or at the opposite – that this might be a bad thing for the development of crypto; that this could prove to be helpful for financial inclusion or again, on the contrary – that this could turn out to be a serious threat for people’s privacy and financial stability, a concern that’s been expressed by different central banks and governments. Continue reading Facebook’s Coin: Cheat Sheet
Most of us have been told that it’s better to buy than to rent a home. Rent money tumbles down a massive black hole while mortgage payments build equity and financial security. Owning a home offers greater stability while renters outside of rent-controlled areas may find themselves forced to pay ever increasing rents—or the increases may eventually force them out of their beloved rental property.
But times have changed. The cost of real estate in major cities has skyrocketed to exorbitant prices. Contrary to popular belief, paying rent is also not akin to “throwing your money away.” Continue reading Renting vs. Buying a Home: When and Why One May Be Better Than the Other