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What’s The Next Technological Leap For Financial Advisors?

The Fintech Focus podcast is taking another look at the changing world of financial planning this week, and how technology is redefining the way advisors work with their clients.

It’s no secret that healthcare costs are a huge burden on American families—multiple studies say medical costs are the number one cause of personal bankruptcies. This week’s episode features an interview with an entrepreneur that asked how financial advisors could help families plan for medical costs.

That’s the thesis of Genevity, the fintech startup that’s working with financial advisors to help their clients plan for long-term and even generational costs of medical complications like hereditary diseases and elder care.

Listen to our interview with Genevity CEO Heather Holmes here.

What Are The Biggest Opportunities In Fintech M&A Right Now?

We’re back in the capital markets for this week’s Fintech Focus Podcast, and it’s a good one—perennial BZ Awards judge and partner at Marlin & Associates Michael Maxworthy joins us for an assessment of the state of fintech M&A.

Maxworthy’s firm has advised a number of fintech deals this year—most recently when digital banking startup Zenmonics accepted a minority investment from Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (NYSE: FIS).

Listen to the full episode here.

How Did A Startup Get Kevin Durant and Jay-Z Excited About Life Insurance?

The Benzinga Fintech Focus Podcast will take a brief detour this week into the world of term life insurance.

This week’s episode features an interview with Peter Colis, founder and CEO of Ethos, a startup looking to change the way consumers buy term life insurance policies. Ethos has raised over $40 million in venture capital this year from a combination of veteran Silicon Valley investors and celebrities like NBA champion Kevin Durant and Jay-Z.

How Do You Build An Investing App That Has More Users Than E*Trade? Ask Acorns

Benzinga is rolling out the Fintech Focus podcast, a series of interviews with leaders in the fintech space.

Our fifth episode features Manning Field, chief operating officer of fintech startup Acorns. Acorns is an investing app with a core service that lets users invest small amounts into a portfolio.

The app has since expanded to offer retirement saving and a suite of financial education products.

What Does The First Investor In Venmo Think About Fintech Right Now?

Benzinga is rolling out the Fintech Focus podcast, a series of interviews with leaders in the fintech space.

Our first episode features Kamran Ansari, a partner at VC firm Greycroft, and covers a swathe of hot topics in the fintech venture space. Ansari was an early investor in Venmo and Braintree, and helped grow the companies to their successful exits to PayPal.

Ansari will also present the keynote presentation from Venmo co-founder Andrew Kortina at the Benzinga Fintech Summit in San Francisco November 14.

From Cab Driver To Crypto Visionary: Cory Johnson’s Ripple Story

From Cab Driver To Crypto Visionary: Cory Johnson’s Ripple Story

Our second episode features Cory Johnson, founding editor of The Street, former Bloomberg TV correspondent, former jazz guitarist and current chief market strategist of cryptocurrency upstart Ripple.

Johnson will speak on the impact Ripple is having on the speed of global payments at the Benzinga Fintech Summit in San Francisco November 14.

This Fintech CEO Wants To Give You Your Boss’ Credit Card

This Fintech CEO Wants To Give You Your Boss’ Credit Card

Our third episode features Andrew Jamison, founder and CEO of Extend, a fintech startup that sells technology to credit card issuers that allows their corporate card clients to share their company credit cards with their employees.

To quote Fintech Focus co-host Spencer Israel, “this is a product that I remember thinking to myself during the interview, ‘Wow, I wish we had this at my job.’”