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M1 Finance closes $45M Series C mere months after it raised its $33M Series B

M1 Finance closes $45M Series C mere months after it raised its $33M Series B

Just months after it announced a $33 million Series B, Chicago-based M1 Finance today disclosed a $45 Series C.

The new financing event was led by Left Lane Capital, the same investor that led M1’s Series B. Bear in mind that so-called inside rounds are now a bullish sign in 2020, as opposed to in prior VC eras when they were viewed more cooly. Other M1 investors include Jump Capital, Clocktower Technology Ventures and Chicago Ventures, though only the first two appear to have taken part in this round.

Per M1, the Series C comes just 120 days after it raised a Series B. A good question is why M1 has raised more capital, and why Left Lane Capital wanted to lead two rounds for the consumer-focused fintech provider. Going back to our prior coverage, we can figure it out.

In February, we reported that M1 Finance had reached the $1 billion assets under management mark, or AUM.

The startup combines three different traditional fintech services into one (roboadvising, neobanking and lending), allowing it to price the package aggressively. The model appears to be working. When M1 raised its Series B a few months later in June, it had reached the $1.45 billion AUM, or about 45% growth in just over a quarter. That’s very good.

Today, the company announced that it has surpassed the $2 billion AUM mark, up more than 38% in the last four months.

M1 posted slower AUM growth in percentage terms and greater growth in raw AUM over a similar time frame heading into its Series C. But regardless of that nuance, the company’s AUM grew quickly.

That fact helps explain its new round. If you were Left Lane Capital, had just led a round into the company, and then watched it keep growing rapidly,

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Mint and Rocket Mortgage Reveal New Technology to Foster the Next Generation of Financial Empowerment

Mint and Rocket Mortgage Reveal New Technology to Foster the Next Generation of Financial Empowerment

SAN DIEGO and DETROIT, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, financial empowerment app Mint by Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU), and Rocket Companies (NYSE: RKT), announced a first-of-its kind partnership in which Rocket Mortgage – the first fully digital mortgage experience – is now integrated into the Mint app via API to create a fast, simplified refinance experience for homeowners.

As part of this integration, Mint users are able to pre-fill information such as current mortgage information that they’ve added to their Mint profile. They are then able to seamlessly search for, apply and lock-in mortgage refinance rates with Rocket Mortgage in as few as eight minutes, instead of days or weeks – all powered by the Rocket Mortgage API. This is the first time the Rocket Mortgage experience has been directly integrated into a personal finance platform.

“Across the country, Americans are struggling with their finances as many face difficult economic times. As interest rates are near an all-time low, now is an ideal time for many to consider refinancing their mortgages and save thousands,” said Varun Krishna, SVP & Head of Consumer Finance at Intuit. “For too long, the refinance process has been an annoyingly tedious and overwhelming experience for all of us to find the right lender and loan for our situation. We’re excited to help simplify the process for Mint users with this integration of Rocket Mortgage and give our customers some peace of mind during this already stressful time.”

With the integration of Rocket Mortgage’s digital refinance application, Mint users can now seamlessly find the best options for lowering their rate through the easy-to-navigate Mint interface combined with the powerful Rocket Mortgage API. This new feature allows users to pre-fill data from Mint, skipping through additional account creation and data entry, greatly reducing the time it

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In A Year Combining 1918, 1929, 1968, Financial Services Leaders Talk Strategy

In A Year Combining 1918, 1929, 1968, Financial Services Leaders Talk Strategy

This year to me has been like 1918, 1929 and 1968 all wrapped into one. As financial services is central to our economy — and society — I held a September 10, 2020 conversation with four industry leaders to discuss their strategy; the Zoom audience was about 500. Here are some key lessons from these leaders on topics like the customer experience, diversity & inclusion, technology and the opportunity for transformation.

Chetan Kandhari, SVP, Chief Innovation Officer and Digital Officer, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company talked about the concept of true dialogue, “We have to stop viewing things as a transaction but really as a constant engagement dialogue. Go away from episodic behavior to make sure we know the journeys we all want to be on, and the transaction is only part of that. This requires advanced analytics, it requires an emotional connection, and it requires the contextual information to make it personalized. I think that’s where you have to start heading if you really want to put the customer in the center which respects that today’s customer is very digitally savvy.”

Mary McDuffie, President and Chief Executive Officer of Navy Federal Credit Union, discussed their approach towards customer centricity, “Radical simplicity is how we’re approaching change to the member experience. How do you leverage the opportunity for emotional connection through the digital interaction? Now more than ever, we have to think, ‘what does the consumer want?’ Because nobody wants something more complicated. We take a lot of time training people on empathy because at the end of the day, if the member can’t make something work, they’re going to want to talk to someone. So, I think it’s a mistake to focus solely on digital. We’re all in

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Stocks Tick Up After Goldman Earnings Soar, But Key Economic Indicator Shows Consumer Worries

Stocks Tick Up After Goldman Earnings Soar, But Key Economic Indicator Shows Consumer Worries

Topline

Stocks barely budged Wednesday morning after a mixed bag of pre-market earnings results revealed that the economic recovery is still suffering from weak fundamentals.

Key Facts

As of 9:35 a.m., the Dow Jones Industrial Average had edged up .1%, while the S&P 500 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq ticked up .2% and .5%, respectively.

Shares of Goldman Sachs climbed 1% after the New York-based investment banking giant reported $3.5 billion in profits and a 30% surge in revenue fueled by the mid-pandemic trading boom. 

Bank of America, on the other hand, failed to impress investors, posting mixed results for the third quarter that beat analysts expectations on profits, which totaled $4.9 billion, but fell behind on revenue expectations; its shares are down nearly 3%.

Wells Fargo shares are down 3% after reporting a 56% drop in quarterly earnings due to decreased interest income in light of historically low interest rates, the firm said.

Global markets were also fairly tepid on Wednesday: As of market open, the United Kingdom’s FTSE 100 had fallen .4%, and France’s CAC 40 was virtually flat, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 ended Wednesday up just .1%.

The consumer price index for September–a key measure of inflation–came in slightly below expectations, rising .19% during the month and leading to an unchanged year-over-year rate of 1.7%.

Key Background

The Covid-19 pandemic threw the economy into a deep recession, and Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida said Wednesday morning that the U.S. economy needs another year–or maybe more–until it fully recovers. The recovery thus far has been marked by slowed job growth, layoffs that remain high and a volatile stock market that’s been rocked in recent weeks by mounting uncertainty around

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PennyMac Financial Services, Inc. Announces Proposed Private Offering of Additional 5.375% Senior Notes

PennyMac Financial Services, Inc. Announces Proposed Private Offering of Additional 5.375% Senior Notes

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 14, 2020–

PennyMac Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE: PFSI) (the “Company”) today announced that it intends to offer an additional amount of its 5.375% Senior Notes due 2025 (such additional amount, the “New Notes”). The New Notes will be issued under the indenture governing the Company’s $500 million aggregate principal amount of 5.375% Senior Notes due 2025 issued on September 29, 2020 (the “Existing Notes”). The New Notes, if issued, will be treated as a single series with the Existing Notes and will have the same terms as the Existing Notes, other than with respect to the date of issuance and the issue price.

The Company intends to use the net proceeds from this offering for general corporate purposes, which may include the repayment of the Company’s existing secured warehouse borrowings. The offering is subject to market conditions and other factors. The offering will be made solely by means of a private placement to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and to certain non-U.S. persons pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act.

The New Notes have not been and are not expected to be registered under the Securities Act or under any state securities laws and, unless so registered, may not be offered or sold in the United States or to U.S. persons absent an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any security in any jurisdiction in which such offering, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

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