Tech & Tonic: ANNA opens up and Guardian Angel closes pre-seed round

Photo by  James Coleman  on  Unsplash . Eternal life for bereavement platform?

Photo by James Coleman on Unsplash. Eternal life for bereavement platform?

News story of the week: Open Banking benefits betrothed to ANNA

Everyone knows Piers isn’t anything without Susannah. The same goes for Ant and Dec. Last year’s I’m a Celeb? Don’t even get us started. Marking another (soon to be famous?) partnership is TrueLayer’s recent collab with ANNA Money.

The partnership enables ANNA, the business current account come digital assistant, to provide its customers with awesomely enhanced Open Banking-based services from TrueLayer.

The benefit to ANNA’s customers? The ability to make and receive payments via the cheaper, faster and more secure route of payment initiation along with much quicker VAT calculations. Open Banking, we love ya.

Comment piece of the week: Playing politics with cash

Always asking the bright questions, this week Jeff Prestrige penned an interesting (and somewhat politically charged) piece for FT Adviser, asking if it’s wrong to mix politics with family finance tips.

Setting out his stall in no uncertain terms, Prestridge believes not, stating “there is no doubt a Corbyn-led government will do untold damage to the British economy, triggering inflation, higher interest rates and unemployment and causing the pound to fall”.

Expanding on this sentiment, the personal finance editor of the Mail on Sunday advises people fix their mortgage before interest rates start rising and make overpayments. Sound advice irrespective of the political environment, you decide.

 Number of the week: Guardian Angel finds its own investment angel

The business of death is a funny one by all means, but what is certain is that as long as we continue to drop dead there’s money to be made.

Seeing eye-to-eye are a group of former Co-op executives who this week have helped the online platform (that aims to simplify the bereavement process) by helping them to raise nearly half a mill. Guardian Angels, indeed.

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