Trendwatch Finance & Insurance: August 4, 2020

August 4th, 2020

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Landlords rethink rent – An acceleration in online payments – The implications of virtual cash – Why personal finance should be ‘self driving’ 

Self-Driving Money Is Coming To Consumer Fintech — Forbes   

The premise of autonomous finance is that your finances should be ‘self driving’: you set the destination, and the platform figures out how to get there quickly and safely.    


Fintech Unicorn Transferwise Sees Valuation Climb to $5 Billion — CNBC      

The company’s $5 billion valuation makes it one of Europe’s most valuable fintech unicorns. It highlights an acceleration in online payments and a reduction in cash usage caused by COVID-19.


A Shift from Paper to Virtual Cash Will Empower Central Banks — The Economist

Officially issued digital currencies could help usher in negative interest rates.     


Inside Sydney's First Built-To-Rent Apartment Complex — The Guardian

In Australia’s rental model dominated almost entirely by mum and dad investors, Liv Indigo is putting power back in the hands of renters.    


It’s a Lot Easier to Get People to Pay Rent If You Don’t Demand it All at Once — Fast Company

It’s time for landlords to rethink rent. Sometimes it’s easier to pay in small installments than one big check: Offering tenants flexibility increased the chances of getting paid in-full during the pandemic by 45%.

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