FinTech vs. Wall Street: How FinTechs like Robinhood and Chime are Winning the Wallets of Americans

FinTech vs. Wall Street: How FinTechs like Robinhood and Chime are Winning the Wallets of Americans
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Talking about FinTech in the US: approximately one in four Americans has engaged with a digital savings or investment platform, with larger firms attracting the bulk of consumer attention, according to a study by research company Hearts & Wallets.

In the United States, the familiarity with FinTech entities such as Robinhood and Chime significantly surpasses that of traditional financial services offered by longstanding institutions like JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Fidelity, and Vanguard.

Data released by Hearts & Wallets last week reveals that while Robinhood is recognized by 40% of American households and Chime by 39%, only 19% are acquainted with J.P. Morgan Wealth Plan.

Furthermore, Goldman Sachs' Marcus initiative is known to 15% of the populace, Fidelity Go to 14%, and Vanguard Personal Advisor Services to a mere 13%.

FinTech FTW! 😉

Finally, Revolut applied for a license from the Bank of England in 2021. In March last year, they announced that regulators would give it the green light “any day now.” Almost a year later, the wait continues... 

Three years after applying, Revolut is still struggling with the central bank’s Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) demands.

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BNY Mellon appoints Gary Delaney as International Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Delaney will report to Matthew McCormack who leads the Information Security Division within BNY Mellon’s Engineering organisation, operating an enterprise-level cybersecurity division that enables and protects the assets of BNY Mellon's businesses and its clients.

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