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As an entrepreneur and an angel investor, I get really excited about the future of personal finance. As new technologies develop, from cryptocurrencies to virtual wallets, I see advantages for businesses. I also see opportunities for everyday Americans and our families to make–and keep–more of our own money. In meetings with financial technology startups, I’m seeing so many incredible new developments on the horizon. Any innovation that improves how we live, shop, and pay sets off alarm bells–of the good kind–in my friendly neighborhood Certified Financial Planner brain. Here’s a sneak peek of why I think the next five to 10 years are going to make making money easier for all of us. It’s thanks to these five emerging technologies: 1. Blockchain and...

Why It Makes Perfect Sense for Netflix and Amazon to Buy Up Movie Theaters

It’s time for some M&A in the theater space. Netflix (NFLX – Get Report) reportedly has shown interest in buying movie theaters. It makes perfect sense. Netflix, or Action Alerts Plus holdingAmazon (AMZN – Get Report) , will buy a national chain of movie theaters, busting the entire tickets, concessions, new movie release paradigm. The theater is not dead, it just has not evolved to today’s market, and the only way it can is with M&A from outside. The new model will be an incremental subscription and it will super-powered by data, mobile apps and a combination of owned and leased content. The big screen will turn into an experience again. Here’s a deep dive into the industry. The Issue with Current Movie Paradigm… The largest issues with the ...

What you need to know about the Wells Fargo settlement

The Wells Fargo Settlement Darla Mercado | @darla_mercado Published 2 Hours AgoCNBC.com The bank estimates it will pay about $182 million to affected car loan borrowers. Some 110,000 homeowners were assessed about $98 million in mortgage rate lock extension fees between Sept. 16, 2013 and Feb. 28, 2017. Andres S | Getty Images Couple buying a new car and signing the contract The checks should be the mail for consumers affected by alleged improper auto loan and mortgage practices at lending giant Wells Fargo. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced a $1 billion settlement with the bank on Friday. The penalties relate to fees assessed on mortgage interest rate lock extensions — money that prospective homebuyers pay to keep an offer...

4 business trends that are booming right now

4 Business Trends That Are on Fire Right Now If you study historical business trends, you’ll notice that they evolve, shift, disappear, and emerge from year to year. By recognizing the ebbs and flows, you can better prepare your organization for the future. Keep an Eye On These Trends By definition, a trend is “a general direction in which something is developing or changing.” As such, your business can’t afford to ignore the trends that are emerging in and around your industry. If you do, you’ll end up becoming irrelevant and obsolete. How you respond to each of the following trends will differ depending on a unique set of circumstances and factors. At the very least, make sure you’re aware of their presence and how they could affect your business in the coming months and years. 1. Machin...

6 Cannabis Industry Trends Shaping the Future of Pot

One trend the cannabis industry should anticipate is the arrival of large-scale traditional agriculture in the growing scene. Photo Claire Benjamin ECONOMICS 6 Cannabis Industry Trends Shaping the Future of Pot Cannabis industry trends aren’t always easy to pin down in the fast-changing climate of legalized cannabis. These six trends, however, are supported by a preponderance of evidence, which makes them likely to play out in the future. By Mike Adams The so-called Wolves of Weed Street predict the cannabis industry will grow into a monstrous $75 billion industry by 2030. This estimation is around $25 billion more than originally forecast, according to the latest figures from New York investment analysts Cowen & Company. There is just so much happening right now within the cannabis se...

The Top Business Trends To Look Out For in 2018

You’re in danger… Of being left behind. Many people find a routine, then they settle in. But business trends are accelerating. It seems technology is advancing at an even faster rate than we expected. Many of us are already feeling the effects of these changes. We’re expected to do far more than our predecessors. We’re expected to be more knowledgeable. To be able to turn out high quality work in less time and with less money. Those who are unprepared will struggle. Work will become difficult as they struggle to compete with their competent co-workers. Work will be unrecognizable… If you’re unprepared. Even worse, these changes are more complicated than many of us realize. It’s not just keeping up with trends that’s difficult. It’s keeping up with the right trends. Okay… Which trends do yo...

How Blockchain Will Disrupt the Future of Social Media Influencers

Opinion: Consumers will be rewarded with transparency and genuine content By Segun Onibalusi Blockchain will put an end to the problematic advertising revenue issues for influencers ikachan999/iStock Are you ready to find out how blockchain, the emerging digital currency, is set to rock the world of social media influencers? Before we go any further, consider this: Influencers can shift a brand’s image from obscurity into the limelight. With the right tactics, they have the power to grow your brand and double or triple sales beyond expectations. How? They’re highly engaged on social media, have established audiences and are the authorities in their industries. The bottom line is, when an influencer spread the word about a company, it grows. In essence, they entice consumers to jump on the ...

Uber is launching a rental car service inside its app

  Uber is launching a rental car network in partnership with Getaround, the ride-hailing company announced today (April 11). San Francisco-based Getaround lets users find and instantly book vehicles from private car owners, all through a mobile app. The new Uber Rent platform, which is scheduled to launch later this month in San Francisco, will make cars from Getaround’s network available to users of the Uber app. The deal comes as Uber expands beyond its flagship on-demand rides and into other modes of local transportation. On April 9, the company said it had purchased Jump Bikes, a provider of dockless electric bicycles. Also today, Uber announced a partnership with London-based Masabi, a mobile ticketing company that Uber said will help customers book and use public transit tickets...

25 Do’s and Don’ts to Make Your Small Business More Profitable

Small businesses can struggle with profitability for a number of different reasons. They keep prices too low. They focus more on big picture ideas than real consumers. They have way, way too many expenses. The list goes on and on. But even if your business doesn’t make a lot of money early on, the goal should eventually be to sustain operations and earn a profit. In order to accomplish this, you need to follow a specific set of do’s and don’ts. To learn more about some effective methods for improving profitability, Small Business Trends recently spoke with Sam Pillar, CEO of scheduling software provider Jobber. Here are some top tips to help you earn more and cut out excess expenses. Advertisement How to Make More Profit in Your Small Business Do Calculate the Exact Costs for Your Business...

10 Expert Secrets to Small Business Success

There is no secret to running a successful business. It takes hard work, intelligence and plenty of smart strategies. However, getting input from experts can certainly help. Here are some secrets and tips from members of the online small business community to help you start and grow a successful business. Run a Successful Ecommerce Business with These Secrets So many different factors go into running a successful ecommerce business. In order to create the processes and systems that are going to take your business to the next level, it can help to learn from the experts. In this Oberlo post, Kristi Hines shares 101 secrets from experts that can help you do just that. Use These Employee Training Tips for Proven and Scaleable Results In order to grow and scale your business, you need to make ...

What Zuckerberg should do as Facebook faces a reputation meltdown

This is how it, and the wider industry, should respond, LAST year the idea took hold that Mark Zuckerberg might run for president in 2020 and seek to lead the world’s most powerful country. Today, Facebook’s founder is fighting to show that he is capable of leading the world’s eighth-biggest listed company or that any of its 2.1bn users should trust it. News that Cambridge Analytica (CA), a firm linked to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, got data on 50m Facebook users in dubious, possibly illegal, ways has lit a firestorm (see article). Mr Zuckerberg took five days to reply and, when he did, he conceded that Facebook had let its users down in the past but seemed not to have grasped that its business faces a wider crisis of confidence. After months of talk about propaganda and fake n...

Consumer Marketing Tips to Reach Generation Z

Is your consumer marketing capturing the attention of the younger consumers known as Generation Z? Chances are, your old ways aren’t going to work, because this generation is unlike others that have come before them. Who Is Generation Z? Born after 1998, they are the “post-millennials.” Generation Z is different than any other consumer group. They use technology differently, and they are passionate about different things. While they may use social media more than their slightly older counterparts, they are engaging with the platforms in much shorter bursts. The rules marketers have embraced for engaging MIllennials aren’t going to apply as well to reaching this Gen Z audience. Their use of technology, social responsibility concerns, and desire to make an impact set this group apart from th...