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What’s next: November 13, 2017

What should we expect from fintech startups in 2018? Benzinga has some ideas. Also, the SEC issues guidance on unbundling the cost of investment research from the cost of executing trades, and two new blockchain ETFs may soon be available to investors.

The fintech horizon

Fintech startup ideas for 2018: Needs-based credit cards, insurance policy investing and student loan mortgage refinancing. Benzinga: 3 fintech startup ideas for 2018

“It’s a great time to be an entrepreneur, and often startups have founders that are willing to set aside earnings to create something amazing, on the bet that they will profit later… Technology has filled the gaps that would otherwise sink a creative idea early.”

Closing the advice gap

An increasing number of advisors think robo-advice solutions may help close the advice gap, but they have concerns about the potential regulatory impact. International Adviser: Advisors reluctantly embracing robo-advice

Regulatory guidance on “unbundling”

The SEC has clarified how new EU regulatory requirements, which go into effect in January, will impact U.S. money managers. Lexology: SEC Issues Important Interpretive Guidance on Implications of “Unbundling” the Costs of Investment Research from the Costs of Trade Execution, Mandated by EU Requirements

Blockchain ETFs

Two companies have filed for what would be the first ETFs to track blockchain, giving investors a new way to invest in the tech. MarketWatch: Two ETF sponsors file for funds related to blockchain, bitcoin’s foundational technology

“Blockchain is likely to have a significant impact in industries ranging from finance to manufacturing, health care, and utilities. Just as internet has transformed our lives with email, e-commerce or smartphone apps, we believe blockchain as an infrastructure technology can power future disruptive technologies through distributive ledgers, smart contracts, tokens or identity management.”

Goals-based content for finance

This financial firm is succeeding by writing easy-to-read content, putting the sell at the end and testing content before launch. The Dubs: 6 ways AMP is nailing financial content marketing

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