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American Banker | Kevin Wack | March 12, 2020

maria renz - Revolut lets your purchase gold | SoFi hires Amazon exec to lead deposit, card businessesThe latest high-level hire at Social Finance is a former Jeff Bezos deputy who will oversee the San Francisco firm’s deposit, credit card and brokerage units.

Maria Renz, who spent 21 years at Amazon, joined SoFi on Wednesday as an executive vice president and group business unit leader. She reports to CEO Anthony Noto, who joined SoFi in 2018 from Twitter.

The hiring shows how much emphasis SoFi, which has been building out its menu of financial products, is putting on operations and customer experience.

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Renz has no previous experience in financial services, but she does have an extensive background in consumer-facing businesses that have operational complexities. She joined Seattle-based Amazon in 1999, rising through the e-commerce giant’s ranks and eventually leading a team of 80,000 employees who provide customer service around the globe.

The three SoFi business-unit leaders who now report to Renz all have backgrounds in the financial services industry. Eugenia Gibbons, who heads SoFi Money, the company’s cash management account, is a former BBVA executive.

John Gardner, who leads SoFi’s investment, insurance and advisory unit, was previously a co-founder of the personal finance software firm LearnVest and chief operating officer at Cabezon Capital Management.

And Naga Parvatharajan, who heads SoFi’s credit card unit, formerly worked in Goldman Sachs’ consumer banking division. SoFi’s foray into the credit card business is expected to launch later this year in partnership with Mastercard.

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TechCrunch | Romain Dillet | March 12, 2020

vault door gold - Revolut lets your purchase gold | SoFi hires Amazon exec to lead deposit, card businessesFintech startup Revolut has introduced a new trading feature for premium users. Starting today, Premium and Metal users can access gold exposure from the app.

Revolut works with a gold services partner (London Bullion Market Association) so that money you spend on gold exposure is backed by real gold held by this partner. In other words, you’re not going to receive gold coins in the mail. You can just invest money based on the price of gold.

The startup has been building a financial hub and already lets you purchase cryptocurrencies and buy public shares. Gold is part of a new feature called Commodities.

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There are multiple ways to invest in gold. You can purchase gold exposure directly at market price, set a limit price to auto-exchange gold when it reaches a certain price or get cashback in gold for Metal customers.

At any time, you can convert your gold investment back into fiat currencies or cryptocurrencies. If you spend money with your Revolut card and you only have gold, Revolut will use your gold exposure automatically. You can also transfer gold exposure to another Revolut user.

According to the company’s website, Revolut charges a 0.25% markup when you trade gold during the week and a 1% markup from Saturday at midnight to Monday at midnight U.K. time.

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